Veggie washes are expensive, yet we all know we should clean our fruits and veggies thoroughly before we eat them. Rather than fork out the cash, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a bowl of water to wash your apples, cucumbers and pears. It's natural and effective.
Almost everyone has a can of WD-40 in her toolbox. It's terrific for eliminating squeaks, loosening bolts, removing gum from carpets, erasing crayon marks from walls and cleaning stainless steel appliances. Check out the WD-40 website to see a list of 2000+ uses (many of them cleaning related).
If your shower grout is turning black with mold, try tea tree oil instead of bleach to get rid of the mildewy mess. While tea tree oil is a little pricey, this mixture will last indefinitely, and it's completely safe for your family. Combine two teaspoons of the oil with two cups of water, and spray on grout. Let it sit for as long as you can. This natural solution has a bit of a strong odor, but it works great, and the smell will disappear almost as quickly as the mold.
Cleaning the toilet is probably the least glamorous job a homemaker faces. Make it easier by dropping two tablets of Alka Seltzer into the bowl and letting it fizz for 20 minutes or so. Give it a quick swipe with a toilet brush, and your bowl will sparkle.
Simple, daily changes that can help the planet and your wallet
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