Monday, March 28, 2011

Cleaning with Nature

10 tips for keeping your home sparkling clean -- with products created by Mother Nature.  No articifical toxins or abrasives here!

Why clean naturally?  It's cost-effective, environmentally friendly, utilizes sustainable materials and items readily available from your pantry, and its safer for your home and body.

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  1. Oven Spills:  Sprinkle the spills immediately with salt.  When the oven has cooled, brush away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge.
  2. Remove Hard-Water/Lime Buildup:  In teapot or kettle, pour in two cups of vinegar and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, then rinse well.
  3. Garbage Cans:  Sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can to remove odor producing mold and bacteria.
  4. Remove Kitchen/Food Odors:  Soak pure vanilla on a cotton ball and place in a saucer.  Put the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors.  Keep cotton ball out of reach of children as it contains some alcohol.
  5. No More Squeaks!:  Use cooking or salad oil for lubricating non-essential mechanical things like hinges, tools etc.  A light coat of oil will keep tools from rusting and you don't need to buy expensive and toxic chemicals like WD-40 etc.
  6. Unclog your Shower Head:  Just remove the shower head, find a bowl or cup big enough for it to sit in face down, and fill it with about an inch of vinegar.  After letting it sit for an hour or more, remove it from the bowl and run water through it at the sink for a few minutes.  Put it back in the shower, and presto, your water pressure is restored.
  7. Natural Disinfectant?  You can add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to a gallon of water to wash windows, floors and toilets to scrub away the germs.
  8. Cutting Boards:  To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  9. Clothing: Dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars can be removed with shampoo!  Rub the shampoo in like you were washing your hair.  Shampoo is specifically made to remove body oils. 
  10. Freshen Up the Air:  In an empty spray bottle, mix water and a drops essential oils.
{Got any all-natural cleaning tips?  Please comment and let us know!}

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