These days it is sometimes hard to know what is safe and what isn’t when it comes to using chemicals to clean your home. Knowing what is in the stuff you’re using makes even more of a difference when you have children and/or pets in your home.
You can purchase cleaners that are made organically, but those often come with a heftier price tag than their less earth-friendly counterparts. Before you spend a ton of money on new cleaning products, consider what items you might already have in your home that can do the job for you.
One of the hardest surfaces in your home to clean might just be your stonework, especially if it gets stained. However, the experts suggest making your own poultice from home that will lift the liquid from the porous stone. The key to this trick is to use a substance that is even more porous than the stone, talcum powder being a great option. You can find instructions on how to do this with a quick online search.
White vinegar might occasionally find some use in your kitchen in a recipe here and there, but you should have some on hand at all times. It’s great to use as a stain remover and deep cleaner on non-price items. Use it to clean your coffee pot so it doesn’t clog and lasts longer (and you remove the mold that is bound to be building up in there).
Baking soda is often combined with some of these other items to use for cleaning, like with vinegar to make a nice kitchen counter and wall scrub that will help whiten, remove stains, and even degrease your kitchen. Use it on your stovetop!
You can add lemon juice to the above mixture for a fresher scent, and it also helps with whitening. Lemon juice also has natural antibacterial properties, making it perfect for cleaning both kitchens and bathrooms.
Salt can be used when you need a more abrasive scrubbing, whether it’s on a countertop or the stove top. You can also you salt with your other cleaning mixture (works great with some baking soda and a little water) to get rid of stains and stuck on gunk in your crockpot.
Peroxide is another good cleaning agent that also whitens. Use it for a pristine tiled floor, a clean tub and toilet, and to clean your sinks. It will definitely add some shine to the items you clean with it.
If you have a sticky spot on a counter or on the floor, and you’re not able to just clean it up, try some olive oil. Put some on and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off. Repeat if needed, but it should get rid of the sticky the first try. Just make sure you clean it up well or you could have a slip and fall on your hands.
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