A few years ago I began using less store bought cleaning products and more of my own homemade organic cleaning solutions. I realized a few items found right in your own kitchen could be used to clean just as well as store bought solutions and keep your family safe at the same time. Since I have three kids and two cats at home, I always run the possibility of someone getting into something hazardous. So in this post I share 5 Ways to Clean Organicallythat I use to keep my house tidy.
1. With Baking soda: Cleaning with baking soda is useful in so many different ways. Combine baking soda and hot water to clean counter tops and stainless steel appliances, then rinse with clean water and dry to a shine. To clean pots and roasting pans with burned on crust, use two tablespoons of baking soda per quart of extremely hot water and soak. The crust should come off easily. If your kitchen or bathroom drains ever stop up pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down the drain followed by a pot of boiling water. This method works as well as any store bought drain cleaner.
2. With White Vinegar: I use white vinegar mixed with plain dawn dish detergent to clean my bathroom. Use a clean empty spray bottle, fill halfway with white vinegar and the rest of the way with dawn dish detergent. This will clean your bathtub, sink and shower just as well as any store bought soap scum cleaner. White vinegar is also useful in clearing drains as explained above. Plain white vinegar works well to clean glass mirrors and glass surfaces as well. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to it. For dishwasher cleaning place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot cycle to clean and deodorize it. Do the same thing to your microwave and run for one minute, afterwards wipe clean.
3. With Lemon: If you have a garbage disposal you can clean, deodorize, and sharpen it’s blades all at once by grinding up a lemon sliced in quarters. Use lemons slices to make your own Simmering Potpourri and your house will smell deliciously wonderful.
4. With Hydrogen Peroxide: Make your own oxyclean by mixing 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of peroxide, and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Spray the mixture on clothes to remove stains, or use it as a laundry booster.
5. With Borax: Borax is a naturally occurring mineral sold as a water softener and laundry aid. It’s extremely effective at removing soap scum and mildew in the bathroom. Sprinkle borax on tiles and bathtub, wet with hot water and use a scrub brush to clean. Borax is non abrasive and rinses off easily leaving a squeaky clean surface. Borax is useful as well as a laundry booster along with your regular laundry detergent leaving clothes fresh and clean.
With these 5 Ways to Clean Organically you can eliminate most toxic cleaners from your home and keep your family safe from hazardous materials. Will you try any of my 5 Ways to Clean Organically? Are there any other methods you use to clean your house organically? Let’s connect! Leave a comment or find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @mommyweek #mommyweek.