Many of you have been preparing organic foods, eliminating sugar, simple carbs and fatty foods. You’ve been exercising and getting more sleep. But what about your environment? If you have looked in the cleaning aisles of most upscale grocery stores, you have seen a wide array of all natural cleaners, usually at astronomical prices. Since good health begins in the home, I am sharing some nontoxic suggestions for cleaning your home naturally and at a much lower cost.
The following recommendations won’t expose your family, pets and guests to toxic chemicals and most of you will have some if not all of the ingredients right in your pantry.
- Boiling water: Use a teapot full of boiling water weekly to flush drains and avoid clogs.
- Baking soda: It truly is an all-purpose cleaner. Try it on glass coffee pots and glassware. Mix baking soda with a small amount of water to create a paste and use it to shine silver, stainless steel, stains on cups and saucers and even remove wine stains from carpet. Add some vegetable based soap and a drop of tea tree oil to your baking soda mixture to clean your sinks, counter tops, shower stalls, tubs and toilets. If you have a clogged drain, pour a cup of baking soda down the sink followed by 3 cups of boiling water.
- White vinegar: This one is a favorite in my home. I use it to clean just about everything. It is great on floors and glass. I just mix it with a little liquid vegetable soap. It is excellent at cutting grease and removing stains, soap scum and dirty toilets. You can pour it down the toilet and add the baking soda. Try adding it to a spray bottle you leave in the shower to kill mold and mildew. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil will aid the antibacterial properties of the spray. I add about 50 drops of tea tree oil to a bucket of water when scrubbing floors.
- Coarse salt: Most of you know to sprinkle salt on fresh spills in the oven and wipe off, but did you know you can use it to scour copper pans and cookware? I like it best mixed with some lemon juice. It works great if you let it sit for several hours if your pans are really in need of a cleaning.
- Lemon juice: Use lemon juice as a bleaching agent on clothing. You can also use it to get rid of grease from your stove and countermtops. Looking for an all natural furniture polish? Simply add 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of real lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil in a bottle. Use it to clean and polish wood furniture. Take half a lemon and rub it on your shower and bath fixtures, it will help remove those hard water stains.
- Grapefruit-seed extract: Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle for an odorless way to kill mold and mildew.
- Potatoes: Dip a potato half into salt and use it to scrub the rust from baking pans. Great use for potatoes that have gone a little soft.
- Toothpaste (white, plain): Toothpaste is an excellent cleaner for silver. It also may remove water stains on wood furniture. Simply dab some on the water stain, dry and wipe off excess. Cleans silver; can remove water stains on wood furniture - dab on, allow it to dry and wipe off
Want to keep your house smelling wonderful, without the chemicals? Try the following:
Add a sliced lemon, or lemon juice to a small stockpot that you have filled about ½ to 2/3 full of water. Throw in a few sprigs of rosemary and several teaspoons of vanilla. I add a bit more, because I love the scent. Let this mixture simmer all day, adding more water as needed.
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