Tackle countless chores with these three (3) household items
We buy cleaning products frequently to clean and disinfect our homes. Why? Because we want to make a safer, more sanitary, and more comfortable living environment for our families. But did you know that some of the chemical ingredients commonly used in these household-cleaning products have been linked not only to short term issues like skin irritation and headaches, but to longer-term health problems like asthma and cancer?
Yes, these chemicals may make household cleaning quicker and easier, but they are not good for our health or the health of the planet!
Thankfully, there are natural solutions that are commonly found in our kitchen to keep our homes spic and span without killing the environment or ourselves. So for a healthy, easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly natural cleaning, get these three common items from your kitchen cupboard, a few spray bottles, a brush, a bucket, some sponges and cotton rags.
The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. It is also an excellent scouring when mixed with salt. Use lemon to clean your countertops by cutting it into half. Dip the cut side in baking soda and scrub the surface, then wipe with a wet sponge and dry. Lemon is also great in removing tough food stains from your cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. You can also combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight – then wipe with a damp cloth.
Aside from battling dirt and stain, lemon is a very good home fragrance especially for garbage disposal. Cut a lemon in half, run both pieces through the disposal to clean it and to make it smell great. Or when you touch raw fish or cut raw meat, lemon juice neutralizes the odor that lingers on your hands.
Olive and vegetable oil are not just for cooking. They are of great help in removing dirt, reduce scratches and polish surfaces, Add some salt and you can scrub pots and pans, then rinse with hot water. For leather and wood surface that has aged or dried out from exposure to the sun, wipe away dirt with a damp sponge, then apply a drop of vegetable or olive oil to a soft cloth and rub the surface to remove scuff marks. Buff the surface with a chamois to a shine. Also, cooking oils can add extra sparkle for stainless-steel surfaces by pouring olive oil onto a cloth and polish.
Salt’s granular texture makes it perfectly suited for scouring. Table salt, sea salt, and kosher salt can all be used, but table salt is the cheapest choice. To clean your artificial flowers, place them inside a paper bag and pour in salt. Close the bag and shake vigorously –the salt will dislodge accumulated dust and dirt. Since salt won’t scratch the way a scratching pad can, you can use it to remove stained teacups and coffee mugs and glassware. Sprinkle salt on the outside of a lemon peel and rub the affected area till clean.
Salt is also a great help to remove spills in the oven and wooden counters/tables. Cover grease splatters with salt to absorb as much as possible. Wait an hour, and then brush away the salt.