All those cleaning products we buy every week to clean our homes, do our laundry and keep our bodies clean can get pretty expensive and even worse than killing our budget they are making us sick. Here are some hints that may keep you healthier and save the ecology, protect our environment and keep a little extra for some pleasure in our budget.
To clean the top of your kitchen range simply spray with straight vinegar let sit for a couple minutes and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.
To clean your oven; sprinkle with baking soda, spray with straight vinegar , let set for a few minutes and wipe clean with a damp cloth. No harsh chemicals. However, if you have let your oven go for awhile it may take a little extra elbow grease and another application. It is worth it not to choke on the fumes from chemical cleaners.
To safely clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel, use cucumber slices and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm the surface or your fingers or fingernails while you clean. This really works. I tried it and it does an amazing job; what is more it smells good, no chemical smells.
To clean your cutting boards sprinkle with baking soda and then spray them with a solution of half vinegar and half lemon juice. Let set for a couple minutes and then wash in warm water and wipe dry.
Do you have stuck on, dried on food on your pots and pans, your dishes; sprinkle it with salt and baking soda, just enough to cover it and spray with vinegar. Let it set for a minute and then wipe with a damp cloth and wash as usual.
To shampoo your carpets; instead of buying all those expensive chemical solutions simply add a cup of vinegar and a cup of lemon juice to your water and shampoo as normal. For heavily tracked and stained areas sprinkle with baking soda first and spray with straight vinegar. Allow to set for a few minutes and then shampoo with your vinegar and lemon solution. It works like a charm and leaves your room smelling fresh and clean and it will not harm your shampooer.
Vinegar also makes a wonderful water and fabric softener; just add a cup of vinegar to your final rinse and if the vinegar scent offends you mix it half and half with lime juice. However, the scent of vinegar dissipates rapidly during drying.
When doing laundry add 1/2 cup baking soda to your prewash or soak cycle for a fresher, cleaner smelling laundry and you will prevent skin irritation or allergic reactions from using all those chemical based detergents. Tough stains, make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar and rub into the stain and allow to set for 10 minutes or so before washing.
Published in: Gardening