Keeping a clean and tidy home without sacrificing our own health is pretty important to most of us. After all, who wants a spotless kitchen that comes with a faint hint of bleach roaming the air? Check out these 10 chemical free, completely natural cleaning hacks and those struggles will become a thing of the past.
1. Do away with those nasty odors in the refrigerator.
If you want to banish pesky smells that have stuck around after the fact, simply clean with equal parts water and real lemon juice. If that solution isn’t quite powerful enough for the task at hand, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of baking soda to really knock it out of the park.
2. Shine up hardwood or tiled floors in a jiffy.
To give those tired wood panels a ‘brand new’ look, use an all natural floor cleaner that offers the perfect combination of ‘clean’ and ‘shiny.’ 1/4 cup vinegar dissolved in 1 liter of room temperature water should do the trick. Have tile floors at home? Substitute boiling water instead.
3. Get rid of ground in dirt and grime.
Over time, your home’s carpets will take a pretty severe beating. Luckily, there’s a simple fix! Gently (or generously) sprinkle cornstarch and baking soda over the desired area, letting it sit for around 15 minutes (longer for heavily soiled spots). From there, simply vacuum up the powder! Unpleasant odors, dust, and dirt should all disappear.
4. Remove rust from hard and solid surfaces.
This method is especially helpful for those outdoor patio tiles and bathroom floors. All you need to do is mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar together. Let the solution sit, giving it time to chemically break down the rust. After a couple minutes, soak up what’s remaining with a wet rag of some kind and wipe dry! You should be rust free!
5. Banish soap scum and water stains for good.
Truly everyone’s favorite project, cleaning shower walls and doors doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Using a toothbrush, scrub the tile grout clean with baking soda. From there, rinse the walls or doors with a splash of cold water. To stay on top of the mildew, soap scum, and water stains, rub the surfaces with a 1/2 or full lemon wedge once a week. After 15 minutes, rinse one more time with cold water before wiping walls and doors clean with a dry rag.
6. Clean and sanitize your wooden cutting boards.
Wooden cutting boards can trap microscopic bacteria and germs. To guarantee yours isn’t harboring any past memories, rub 1/2 of a lemon over the entire surface. Next, add a couple sprinkles of coarse salt to the wood, letting the mixture sink in for around 15 minutes. Wipe the cutting board once more with the unused 1/2 lemon wedge, rinse it warm water, and you’re done!
7. Get rid of yucky limescale and built-up detergents.
To ensure your home’s washing machine is in tiptop shape, you’ll want to clean the inside on a regular basis. Add 2.8 oz. citric acid (80 grams) to an empty washer, set the water temperature to ‘hot,’ and simply let it run through a cycle. That was easy, right?
8. Eliminate greasy stains and unwanted odors.
You’ll need two parts baking soda to one part water for this one (we recommend 1/2 cup water to 1 cup baking soda, depending on the mess). Plaster the paste on your oven door and walls, giving it around 15 minutes of ‘working time.’ Then, rinse the interior surfaces before drying the glass door with a clean rag of some kind. Next, pour some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, coating the inside of the oven once more (you’re almost done, promise). After another 15 minutes, wipe the surfaces dry! Done!
9. Do away with fingerprints, dirt, and dust stains.
To get a streak-free shine on your glass windows and doors, clean with a mixture of 1 part ammonia and 10 parts water. After that, just remember to wipe them dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. It’s as simple as that! Another option is to rub a halved potato over the surfaces, letting the ‘juice’ do most of the work. Of course, you’ll need to dry the glass with paper towels to avoid any streaks.
10. Shine those dirty bathroom mirrors to perfection.
This one’s pretty easy. Degrease your mirrors using a mixture of 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water and 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. It’s pretty simple after that! Just wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth or thick paper towel. Violá! Sparkly clean.
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