If you have these 6 items, there’s nothing you can’t clean:
- Baking soda
- Dawn dish soap
- Table salt
- White vinegar
- Remove coffee and tea stains from mugs by soaking them in baking soda and hot water.
- Deodorize garbage cans by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom.
- Remove burnt-on food from the bottom of pots by covering the bottom with a layer of baking soda, topping with about 2 inches of water and bringing to a boil. Immediately remove the pot from the heat and leave overnight, covered.
- Clear clogged drains by pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down them, followed by boiling water.
- Removed stains from the tub with a scrub made from a thick paste of baking soda and water.
- Use a rinse of baking soda and water to remove pesticides from food.
- Add 1/2 a cup of baking soda to laundry when using bleach – this intensifies the effects of the bleach.
- Sprinkle baking soda in a stainless steel sink, then scrub with a damp cloth or sponge for a clean shiny basin.
Bleach is the only item on the list that is highly toxic – consider bleach the “big guns” when it comes to cleaning.
- Mix bleach and water in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on bathroom tile to remove mildew in grout.
- Use bleach and water to clean wooden or butcher block cutting boards, especially after cutting up meat.
- Sanitize secondhand kitchen items by soaking them in bleach and water.
- Disinfect garbage cans by soaking them in bleach (outdoors) and then rinsing them well.
Borax is a natural mineral compound. It can be used as a mold inhibitor, a deodorizer and an insecticide.
- Sprinkle it in your toilet bowl over night for quick easy cleaning in the morning.
- Make a thick paste of borax and water and apply it on mold. Leave overnight, then rinse well to remove.
- Make all-purpose cleaner by mixing 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
- Sprinkle borax in vegetable drawers and leave over night. Rinse well – this will remove any smells from the drawers.
- Sprinkle pets bedding with borax – leave overnight and vacuum the next morning. This will kill flea eggs.
- Neutralize urine odors by sprinkling the stain with borax, leaving for a few hours, then vacuuming or washing the item.
- The classic blue Dawn dish soap is a slightly different formula than the other varieties.
- Use Dawn to remove oil or petroleum jelly from hair.
- A drop of Dawn dissolved in water can be used in a spray bottle to rid your garden of mites and aphids – simply spray the leaves with the soapy water.
- 3 drops of Dawn in one gallon of water can be used to clean windows.
- When used as a pet shampoo, it kills fleas on contact.
- Remove grease from tools by washing them in Dawn.
- Pretreat oily stains on laundry with Dawn dish soap.
- Sprinkle on spills in the oven – allow the oven to cool then wipe out.
- Scrub cast iron cookware with a paste made from salt and cooking oil.
- Wash enamel cookware with salt and vinegar.
- Clean wicker by scrubbing it with salt, then allowing it to sit in the sun for the afternoon.
- Repair mars to wood with a paste made from salt and cooking oil.
- Mix 1 cup of vinegar with a bucket of warm water to clean kitchen floors – this will cut through the grease.
- Add vinegar to the rinse water for dishes to get glasses crystal clear.
- Make glass cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water and a squirt of dish soap.
- Get rid of fruit flies by putting out a small dish of white vinegar.
- To kill germs, spray vinegar full strength on door knobs, remotes, etc.
- Remove stickers and price tags by soaking them in white vinegar.
- Dampen a cloth with vinegar to get sink taps and faucets shiny.
- Soak citrus peels in white vinegar to make a pleasantly scented spray cleaner.
The best thing about these cleaners is that they are real multi-taskers. I live in a small house, so my storage space is limited. It helps me make the most of my space when I can use an item for many different purposes.
As well, my daughter is very sensitive to chemicals. I use the bleach very sparingly (and mostly outside). The rest of the items are non-toxic and cause no issues whatsoever. It is a far healthier way to clean than filling your house with petroleum based chemicals.
You can find some recipes for excellent home-made cleaning products HERE – the recipes use many of these 6 ingredients!
Do you make any old-fashioned cleaning products to keep your house sparkling? Please share your secrets below!
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Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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