Clean Your Entire House With These Three Kitchen Ingredients
If you’re looking to reduce the cleaning products in your household, you’ve come to the right place. The good news is that you can you can clean with products that you probably already have on hand. For centuries, people have been cleaning with kitchen products such as vinegar, baking soda and even lemon juice (or fresh lemons.)
Whether you believe it or not, these items are safe and effective. More safe and effective than the harmful chemicals found in most cleaning products. If you start cleaning with these natural cleaners, you won’t only declutter your cleaning supplies but you’ll save money and you won’t have to worry about harsh toxic chemicals.
Vinegar can clean both salmonella and E.coli. The two very things you’re trying to avoid when it comes to cleaning. It’s a natural disinfectant. You can either use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar depending on the task. You can use vinegar to:
- Make your coffee pot sparkle. Run it with a pot filled with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Then let it sit for an hour.
- Unclog the tub. Apple cider vinegar is good for removing hair that gets clogged up in the tub. Pour some down the drain (about a half of a cup) and let it sit in there for about twenty minutes before pouring hot water down it.
- Clean the microwave. Take a microwave safe bowl and fill it with water. Then put about two teaspoons of vinegar in it and microwave on high about five minutes. Afterward, everything easily wipes away.
- Prevent mold and mildew in the bathroom. You can use white vinegar in the bathroom to prevent mold and mildew. Do this by keeping it in a spray bottle and spraying it on shower walls, curtains, and tub after your shower.
- Make glass cleaner. Take a spray bottle and mix one tablespoon of vinegar in one quart of water. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe dry and you have a homemade glass cleaner.
Baking soda is known for keeping nasty smells out of your fridge. But it’s odor absorbing properties can do much more than that. And it contrary to vinegar it doesn’t hold a strong smell. Try out these tips for cleaning with baking soda:
- Remove unwanted stains. Baking soda works wonders in a coffee pot or coffee mugs to remove the stains that come with making coffee. Fill mugs or pot with one part baking soda to two parts water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rinse and scrub.
- Clean hair care tools. Soak your brushes and combs in one part baking soda and one part water solution. Do this for a few hours.
- Get rid of pet odor. True to its word, baking soda is great for removing odors from your home. Sprinkle it on your carpet or furniture and let it sit for about twenty minutes before vacuuming.
- Clean the grill. Sprinkle baking soda on your grill and let it sit for about ten minutes. Then pour hot water over it and let it soak for a few hours. When you come back you will easily be able to remove the burnt food and crud.
Have you ever noticed that most of the products you find in the cleaning aisle have a citrus scent to them? That’s because some citrus, like lemons, are a natural disinfectant because of the acidity they hold. And as an added bonus using lemon around your house will make it smell great. Here are some things you can use lemon juice for:
- Making a multi-surface cleaner. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with a half gallon of water. Then add one tablespoon of vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Shake it up and you have a homemade multi-surface cleaner for your home.
- Polish your furniture. By taking one pint (16. oz.) of vegetable oil, and one teaspoon of lemon juice and mix them together you can make your own furniture polish. Simply rub the furniture and you’ll have a clean and polished surface.
- Prevent lime and rust. Take some lemon juice and rub it on your faucets. Let it sit overnight and rinse in the morning.
- Remove stains from clothing. There are so many products out there that claim to remove stains and just don’t do the job. Apply lemon juice to the tough stain and a little sprinkle of cream of tartar. Rub it into the stain letting it sit until the stain it is gone, then throw it in the washing machine.
Looking for other ways to save money and clean your home? Check out our other post!