One of the ways to minimize the number of cleaning products that you bring into the house is by removing the already existing one. People have been using household staples like vinegar, baking soda and lemons (lemon juice) for long. Believe me, these are very safe and effective. Using these natural cleaners reduces cost and have a few harsh chemicals to worry about in the house.
Even though vinegar is not one of the registered disinfectants in EPA, it both kills salmonella and E. coli, the two bacteria you will possibly want to get rid of. Presently, white vinegar can be used to clean many things surrounding your home. Here is some recommendation of what you can clean using vinegar.
(a) Clean your coffeemaker: Use the machine with equal parts, water and vinegar halfway through the cycle, turn it off and allow it for an hour. Then complete the cycle.
(b) Unclog a drain: Rinse with water after pouring 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.
(c) Clean up the microwave: Add one cup of vinegar and water in a bowl and microwave it high for 10 minutes. After that, dried food and stains will become easy to clean.
(d) Make glasses sparkle: Pour one cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher running the cycle. After doing that, your glassware will become cloud free.
(e) Remove mineral deposits from the showerhead: Put vinegar in a plastic container and tie it around the showerhead. Allow the bag throughout the night and rise with clean water the next morning to make the showerhead neat.
(f) Prevent mildew in the shower: Vinegar is spread on the curtains and shower head.
(g) Clean glass: To clean the glass, mix one tablespoonful of vinegar in measured water and spray on the glass surface and dry thoroughly.
(h) Remove mold from the walls: Spray vinegar on the fences and allow for 15 minutes, rinse and dry.
(i) Clean spills on the carpet: After you have finished removing the quantity of liquid you can on the carpet, spray the stain with a mixture of half vinegar and water and allow for two minutes. Blot using a towel.
(j) Remove stickers: Apply vinegar on the labels and allow for 10 minutes before removing it.
(k) Remove skunk odor from your dog: If your dog has a skunk, scrub its fur with half of the vinegar, half water and after that you rinse with water.
Baking soda can do more than making your fridge have a pleasant smell and also aid with baking. Its properties of absorbing odors are very useful in the home and can remove hard stains because of its abrasiveness. In addition to that, baking soda is non-toxic, and unlike the vinegar, it doesn’t have a strong smell. Try out using baking soda to clean some of these household tasks:
(a) Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs: Fill the cups with one part of baking soda and two parts of water and leave it till daybreak. Scrub and rinse well in the morning.
(b) Remove odors from food containers: Rinse the food containers using baking soda and water to remove the smells. Let it be throughout the night if required.
(c) Remove burnt food from the pots and pans: Spray baking soda around the burnt areas, add hot water and allow it till the next day. Scrub it in the morning and rinse properly.
(d) Polish silver flatware: Use baking soda and water and rub it on the silver using a clean cloth. Rinse thoroughly with water.
(e) Clean spills in the oven: Scrub the base of the oven with a ball of steel wool and baking soda. If you have a self-cleaning oven, don’t use this method.
(f) Clean hairbrushes and combs: Use baking soda and water to soak brushes and combs.
(g) Remove odors coming from furniture: Sprinkle the furniture with baking soda and then vacuum.
(h) Clean crayon marks on the walls: If your kids use the wall as art canvases, use a baking soda paste of equal parts of soda and water on that area, allow to dry and then wipe away. This is only effective on white walls; colored walls might lose its color.
(i) Clean no-wax and tile floors: Mix 1/2 cups of baking soda in a bucket of water, mop the floor and rinse. You will have a shining floor after doing it.
(j) Deodorize your rugs: Sprinkle baking soda on your rug (as you did to your furniture) and allow for 15 minutes, then vacuum it.
(k) Remove burnt food from the grill: Soak the grill in water after you have finished sprinkling baking soda on it, allow if for few hours.
(l) Clean lawn furniture: Wipe down the furniture using a mixture of 1/4 cup of baking soda and one quart of war, water.
Do you have lemons that you seldom use? There is a reason that many cleaning supplies have citrus in them; according to the DIY Network, lemons are natural disinfectant that removes stains due to its acidity. As a bonus, lemons leave your house with a refreshing scent. Here are the works of lemon:
(a) Clean laminated countertops and cutting boards: Squeeze the juice from the lemon on the counter or cutting board. Clean the stain using the lemon and allow until it disappears, then rinse. Even though lemon restrains the growth of bacteria, it is advised that you seek for alternatives for cleaning surfaces that have been in contact with something like raw meat to ensure a healthy family.
(b) Remove stains from food containers: Put the juice of a lemon into the food containers, then add a little baking soda and rub the mixture on the stains. Allow till daybreak if it is necessary.
(c) Clean your microwave: Slice lemon into a bowl of water and microwave for about 45 seconds. This will make the stains very easy to remove and also get rid of unpleasant odors.
(d) Keep your fridge smelling nice: If you want your fridge to have a refreshing scent, put maybe half lemon inside.
(e) Prevent limescale on faucets: Use lemon juice and rub on the fixtures and allow overnight. Rinse using water in the morning.
(f) Get rid of stains from grout: Make a paste from lemon juice and add a tablespoonful of cream of tartar (a natural bleaching agent) and apply it on the area using a toothbrush. After the stain might have gone, rinse with water.
(g) Clean glass: Spray on the glass a mixture of 4 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice and 1/2 gallon of water and clean as usual.
(h) Polish furniture: Mix one tablespoonful of lemon juice with one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and rub it on the furniture.
(i) Remove rust stains from clothes: Use lemon juice on the stain, sprinkle with cream of tartar and apply it on the fabric. Leave till the stain disappears and after that use a washing machine to wash.