When Life Gives You Lemons, Clean!
April 22, 2013
5 Natural Cleaners- Save The Earth and Some Money
Baking Soda & Vinegar– Freshen a room, neutralize odors, clean windows, and dissolve dirt and grease on kitchen cabinets with some hot water and vinegar. Baking Soda can be used to absorb odors around the house and clean areas such as bathtubs.
Lemon Juice– The windows in your home can be effectively cleaned with 4 tablespoons lemon juice mixed with a half gallon of water.Diluted lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but helps kill germs as well. Rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades.
Olive Oil– Repair scratches on leather furniture: Pour a very small amount of oil onto a cotton cotton cloth and rub it into the scratched leather furniture in a light circular motion. Polish wood furniture: Combine 2 cups olive oil with 1 cup lemon juice or vinegar. Work the mixture into the furniture with a soft cloth. To smooth out scratches in light-colored wood, rub them with a solution of equal parts olive or vegetable oil and lemon juice.
Salt- Clean oven spills with a mixture of mostly salt and a dash of cinnamon. Keep this mixture on hand so that you can cover spills (both inside and stove top) as soon as they happen. The salt will absorb the liquid and both salt and cinnamon will fight any odors. Wait to cool completely before wiping away with water. Buff and brighten your cutting boards once in a while after using them. Just rub with a damp washcloth dipped in salt.
Rubbing Alcohol- The next time you see fruit flies hovering in the kitchen, get out a fine-misting spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Spraying the little flies knocks them out and makes them fall to the floor, where you can sweep them up. The alcohol is less effective than insecticide, but it’s a lot safer than spraying poison around your kitchen.