30 Mar Using Natural Ingredients To Clean Your House
Using natural ingredients I have in my own kitchen cupboard or under the kitchen sink such as vinegar, baking powder, coconut oil and dish soap detergent to clean with is a healthier choice. I have less exposure to harsh chemicals and I save money when I do not purchase store bought cleaning products.
Cleaning with Vinegar
I use vinegar for major cleaning.The acid in vinegar makes it a powerful cleanser. In a spritzer bottle, I combine 1/4 to 3/4 ratio of vinegar to water and a dap of dish soap detergent. I use this primarily for cleaning wood floors. I use an old dish towel and “skate” around my floors as I spray. I do not mop my floors any more. I find this method gives a beautiful shine to my floors. I also add a little vinegar to my laundry cycle as well as my dishwashing cycle. My laundry and dishes come out smelling fresh and clean.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Baking soda is an excellent scrub. Especially if is it left on a surface to harden. I use baking powder to clean my oven. This can be tricky though as even the slightest moisture will it cake it up. After leaving it on for a period of time, I wipe it with a damp cloth until cloth is free of grime. Baking soda does an excellent job on stainless steel refrigerators or appliances as well. It removes hard-to-clean finger prints as well as oil marks. I dampen a cloth with water and “caked” baking soda. I apply it to an appliance. Let it dry for 10 minutes or so. Then I wipe it clean. I use a combination of baking soda and vinegar to clean my kitchen or bathroom sinks. For cleaning out shower stalls, I use soap and a soft scrub sponge. For shining wood furniture, I use coconut oil or vegetable oil. Using a soft cloth, I apply to the furniture piece and rub in. Coconut oil has a solid, lard-like consistency making it easy to work with.