Late last year I made a commitment to live a smarter, healthier lifestyle. I’m not saying that I ate cheeseburgers every day – in fact, I was relatively health conscious to begin with but it was time to take it to the next level. I began to research on this topic and quickly came to realize that it’s not only what you put inside your belly that can wreak havoc on your health, it’s nearly everything you come into contact with. “Oh great!” I thought to myself. “So basically, everything in my house is trying to kill me?!?….. I’m gonna have to give up mascara and live off the grid somewhere?!” Yes friends, this is actually how I overdramatize things. Once I managed to get a grip, I did a bit more research and realized that even small changes can greatly improve your wellbeing. I decided to start with my cleaning products and wouldn’t you know it, there are natural solutions for cleaning nearly everything in your home with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards!
Here are some things that I came across.
- To clean your cookware, simply sprinkle it with salt and use the cut side of a lemon as a scrub brush. This method works great on copper!
- Corn starch is a great product with loads of uses around the house. Use it to remove grease or oil stains from fabrics and carpets. Simply pour it on the trouble spot, let it sit for a few hours and vacuum or wash it off.
- Remove soap scum from tiles and shower doors by using a mixture of 1 part water and 2 parts vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Did you know that you can use a piece of white bread to clean an oil painting? True story.
- Clean the inside of a narrow vase or bottle by filling it with warm water and adding a tablespoon of uncooked rice. Shake vigorously and voila!
- Baking soda is a miracle product and can be used throughout the home for various tasks. Combine it with water to make a paste and use it to polish stainless steel and chrome.
- More baking soda fun! Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution to clean out its inner parts.
- Did you know that vinegar can be used as a fabric softener? Simply add it to your rinse cycle for a non toxic alternative. Your clothes will NOT smell of vinegar. Promise.
- You should probably stock up on baking soda. To clean your tub and toilet, combine a cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of liquid soap and a few drops of antibacterial essential oil and mix this with a bit of water to form a paste.
- Once diluted, vinegar can be used to clean everything from hardwood floors to windows and toilets.
- Use hydrogen peroxide to remove tough stains from fabrics before putting them into the washing machine.
- For a non toxic wood polish, combine 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts olive oil in a spray bottle and use with a clean cloth.
What natural home cleaning techniques have you discovered?