If you’re looking for more natural cleaning products, the answer might be closer than you think. Here are 3 common kitchen ingredients you can use to clean all throughout your home.
This versatile ingredient can do far more than simply make salad dressings. Vinegar is a safe and cost-effective way to clean a number of places in your home. Start by mixing ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water. If the smell of vinegar isn’t your favorite, try adding a few slices of fresh citrus. This vinegar cleaning solution can be used to clean linoleum or tile floors, buildup on bathtubs or showers, and even coffee pots. Add the vinegar mixture to a spray bottle, and use to clean windows, mirrors, and dust buildup on ceiling fans.
When not to use vinegar: Due to its acidity, there are some things that you should avoid cleaning with vinegar. This includes granite or stone countertops, cast iron, smartphone screens, clothing, and hardwood floors. In addition, vinegar should never be mixed with bleach, as this creates a dangerous gas.
Another simple and effective natural cleaning product is baking soda. Unlike vinegar, baking soda is more alkaline, which can help dirt and grease dissolve more easily in water. It is safe to use on a number of surfaces, such as glass, chrome, steel, enamel and plastic, and can help remove buildup or messes from sinks, tubs, tile, microwaves, and plastic containers.
Aside from using alone, baking soda can also be used with vinegar. When vinegar and baking soda are combined, it creates a chemical reaction, and a frothy solution that is effective for clearing up clogged sinks or drains.
When not to use baking soda: Avoid using baking soda on aluminum pots and pans, as well as gold or antique silver, since this may result is discoloration. Baking soda and vinegar should not be used on marble or stone countertops, since this can cause corrosion to the material.
Using citrus as a natural cleaning product can leave your house looking and smelling good in the process. In fact, lemons were historically used for cleaning before commercial cleaning agents were introduced, which is why the smell of lemon has long been associated with cleanliness.
Citrus juice is an easy and effective way to get rid of hard water stains or soap buildup around bathtub or sink faucets, and when combined with salt, it can rid your stovetop of greasy buildups. Simply sprinkle the surface liberally with salt, and squirt with lemon juice before letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Scrub with a sponge, and dry with a clean towel to leave your stove top sparkling clean.
Combining lemon wedges with a cup of water can also clean up microwave messes. Heat the mixture on high for 3 minutes, and let it sit undisturbed in the microwave for 10 minutes before wiping the surfaces clean with a paper towel. If your garbage disposal needs refreshing, toss in a few citrus peels with a handful of ice cubes, and let it run until they are gone.
When not to use citrus: Much like vinegar and baking soda, citrus should not be used to clean stone or marble countertops or surfaces, as well as brass plated items due to the possibility of corrosion.
Do you use any natural cleaning products in your home?