Friday, September 4, 2015

Feature Friday: Homestead Wishing

Simple Tips for Natural Cleaning

Vinegar:

White Vinegar Spray: 1 part vinegar, to 3 parts water

This is what I use on my stove top. It is a wonderful degreaser! You can also use it to remove hard water stains. I put some in my dishwasher to clean the build up off of the coils! I basically use vinegar for almost everything. Not to mention that it is only a few bucks for a gallon! Then I also dilute it. I save lots of money by using vinegar to clean! Here is a list of ways I use it to clean in my home.
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Photo credit: Artist Sumodaz

The Natural Cleaning List:

  • Toilet bowl -Add a little vinegar and a little bit of baking soda
  • Countertop – spray on and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then it wipes clean with minimal scrubbing
  • Stovetop – same as countertop instructions
  • Fabric softener/odor remover – Put 1/4 cup vinegar into your washer to soften clothes
  • Bug repellent – I am currently working on a recipe that works (I will share when completed!)
  • Dog bed cleaner – My dog is extra stinky. I take the inserts from her bed spray with my vinegar spray and lay in the sun to dry. Works great!
  • Vegetable/fruit wash
  • Clean dishwasher – Fill a small bowl halfway with vinegar and run a full cycle
  • Wood floor cleaner – Vinegar 1/p to water 3/p plus 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Microwave – Fill a small microwavable bowl with vinegar, and cook until the vinegar boils. Do not open the door, let it sit there for 5-10 more minutes. Then wipe clean!
  • Walls/baseboards/door handles/light switches – I just wet the rag with the vinegar spray and wipe away. For spring cleaning add some soap to your rag.
  • Bathtub Cleaner – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup soap, 1 quart water, 2 TBSP baking soda
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Other cleaning tips…

Coffee Pot – Old school hack ~Clean that decanter with Ice, salt and lemon! Swirl it around for a few minutes let it sit, swirl it around again. Repeat until stains are gone! 
Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe.
Kitchen sink – I like to wash with soap and water, but for a deeper clean I will put some baking soda in the sink and scrub it really well.
Bathroom odor control – If you place just a little of baking soda around the bottom of the toilet. Just on that little lip where the bolts are. I have all boys and lets face it, they MISS! Baking soda not only deodorizes the pee smell but it also soaks up some of the miss. When I clean the bathroom I just sweep it off clean it up and apply more. I know it is gross. That is life with boys.
Well, I sure hope that this helps you. I am super happy to not be using really strong chemicals. I have been cleaning for many years, and I swore by the nonsense of harsh chemicals. I really thought that was the only way to really get things clean. I wish I had known about vinegar and it’s magical powers then!
Thank you for stopping by!

Do you have any favorite natural cleaners you use?

 

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