Saturday, May 25, 2013
A while ago I decided that I wanted to stop using harsh chemicals to clean. Now a friend of mine has asked me to let her know how I do it, so I thought I'd write a blog with lots of ideas, so that more people can see it. I do hope it helps. Most of these ideas come from three books I have on household hints that I bought a number of years ago. I also learned some of them from my Mom.
Cleaning with Vinegar and baking soda: (When using vinegar, use distilled white vinegar, unless other wise stated.)
A great multipurpose home cleaner is the following:
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon or 1 squirt liquid dish soap
2 cups hot water
Prepare mixture and store in a clean spray bottle. Use this cleaner on virtually any surface in your kitchen daily cleaning. It's especially good for cleaning stove tops and ovens. To clean the inside of the oven, spray on the cleaner, leave over night and wipe clean in the morning.
Coffeemaker: run 1 brewing cycle of cold water with 1/2 cup vinegar. Follow with a cycle of just clean water. If you can still smell vinegar, run another cycle of water.
Kettle: boil water and 1/2 cup vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes to help remove any mineral deposits. Rinse thoroughly.
Dishwasher: Add 1/2 cup vinegar to an empty dishwasher and run the rinse cycle. this will open up any clogs in the dishwasher drain lines and deodorize the machine.
Microwave: Place a glass measuring cup with 1 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar inside microwave. Boil for 3 minutes then wipe the inside of the oven with a damp cloth or sponge.
Oven hood vents: remove the vents and soak them for 15 minutes in 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups water. This should be done twice a year to de-grease them.
Refrigerator: prevent mildew buildup inside your refrigerator or on the rubber seals by wiping occasionally with a sponge dampened with unliuted vinegar. No need to rinse.
Sinks: a mixture of equal parts vinegar, salt and baking soda may help to open up a slow-draining sink. Pour the solution down the drain, let it sit for an hour, then pour very hot water down.
To clean your kitchen sink, spray with undiluted vinegar, let sit for 15 minutes and then scrub with an old toothbrush.
To clean bathroom sinks, sprinkle with baking soda and wipe clean with a sponge dampened with vinegar.
Counter tops: wipe down with undiluted vinegar once a day to give them a shine and keep the kitchen smelling fresh.
Tile and grout: rub with a little APPLE CIDER vinegar.
Bathtubs: If you have a bathtubring, soak paper towels with undiluted vinegar and place them on the ring. Let the towels dry out, then spray with vinegar and scrub.
Toilets: Pour vinegar into the toilet, let sit 30 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on a toilet brush and scour any remaining stains. Flush.
Hard wood floors: Add a cup of vinegar to a gallon bucket of water. Mop lightly onto your floor (do not saturate). No need to rinse.
Ceramic tiles: Mop with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon warm water,
Linoleum or Vinyl floors: scrub with 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon water. If the floor needs a polish, use club soda.
Laundry: Add 1/2 cup vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your wash. this will help to remove soap and soften your clothes. It also has the added benefit of reducing lint buildup and keeping pet hair from clinging to your clothes, as well as controlling static cling.
One last tip. When you purchase new clothes, to prevent the color from running and to keep the color from fading, soak your new clothes a saltwater solution before washing them.
I hope I've been able to help you in your quest to being a little more environmentally friendly. I know it's been great for me to write, because it's reminded me of all that you can do with vinegar, baking soda, and a little elbow grease.