Vinegar, lemon juice & baking soda
One major dilemma we have when getting down to spring-cleaning is the use toxic chemicals found in most of today’s cleaning products. The last thing we want to do is clean our homes while polluting our environment. Luckily, we remembered what our moms taught us and went back to the basics. Cleaning with household staples like vinegar, lemons (or lemon juice) and baking soda not only gets the job done, but also does it in a very eco-friendly way. All these items are safe and effective.
Clean with Vinegar
White vinegar has been growing in popularity lately as a natural and non-toxic household cleaner. It is a great de-calcifier and ideal for cleaning things in your kitchen like your faucets, kettle and coffeemaker, or even on bathroom tile. It’s not suggested you use it straight up so make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water and you’re good to go. It works best if you can leave it on the surface for 30 minutes or so for best results. And no your home won’t smell like French fries!
- In your coffee maker: Run your 50/50 solution of vinegar and water through the machine. For added benefit, you can stop the cycle half way through, let it sit for an hour or so and then complete.
- Great for unclogging drains: Pour 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
- Remove sticker goo: Remove labels. Rub leftover goo with vinegar, let sit for 20 minutes, goo be gone.
Clean with Lemon Juice
What do you do when life hands you lemons? Well, cleaning might not be top of the list but they sure do work. They’re great for keeping your home fresh and clean – and guess what? Lemons neutralize the smell of vinegar and unlike their cleaning cousin above; lemons are a natural disinfectant because of their acidity. Add a little lemon juice to your water/vinegar mixture and it will add a fresh scent to everything.
- Great for cleaning glass: Lemon and water is a great natural way to clean your windows and glass surfaces around your home. Add a sprinkling of vinegar too for extra sparkle. Try this DIY cleaning recipe; Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Add 1 cup of warm water and shake. Bob’s your uncle.
- Clean countertops and cutting boards: Squeeze some lemon juice onto the counter or cutting board and rub. Rinse and repeat. Lemons are great at inhibiting the growth of bacteria, but for surfaces that have been touched by raw meat and other things, I’d make sure to look at alternatives – you don’t want anyone getting sick.
- Freshen up your fridge: Just cut a lemon in half and place in the fridge. It will keep your fridge smelling fresh!
Clean with Baking Soda
Baking Soda has so many uses. You can leave it in the back of your fridge to keep it smelling fresh, you can obviously use it in baking and you can keep your teeth sparkling and white by brushing your teeth with it. It’s also completely non-toxic.
- Remove stains: Great to remove stains from coffee and tea cups. Just create a mixture of baking soda and water (2 parts water, 1 part baking soda) and leave in cups over night. Wash and rinse in the morning.
- Remove odours: Summer is coming and there’s not like sprinkling a little baking soda in our running shoes to keep them smelling clean and fresh!
- Best on the BBQ: Did you know baking soda works great at removing burnt food from the grill? Simply sprinkle the grill with baking soda and let sit in water for a few hours before cleaning. Give it a wipe and a rinse and you’ll be ready to stretch your master chef skills.
Spring is invigorating. We feel good. We want to get outside and shake off the winter cobwebs. We also want to prep our homes for sale as this is the time of year that homebuyers start looking.
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