I’m sure you’ve probably heard of using club soda to get out tough stains on fabric (simply pour on club soda and scrub gently), but also try club soda…
- To clean silver jewelry – place pieces in a glass of club soda and soak overnight
- To clean glass surfaces
- In place of water – fill a spray bottle with club soda and use it to remove dirt more effectively from countertops, etc
White Vinegar’s cleaning power is about as strong as it’s pungent odor. It kills 99% of bacteria, which actually makes it more effective than a lot of popular chemical cleaners! It’s also quite economical.
How to use it: Mix equal parts H20 and vinegar in a spray bottle.
When to use it:
- to clean countertops and tile floors
- to kill insects
- to kill mildew and mold (use full strength for this one)
- 1001 more…
Another great alternative to harsh cleaning product is baking soda, which is a natural deodorizer and gentle abrasive. I’ve mentioned it’s beauty uses before, but here are some of its best household uses:
- The very well known – put an open box in the refrigerator or freezer to absorb odors
- Rub into sponges and dish rags to freshen
- Sprinkle on carpets before vacuuming
- If you’re a cat owner, put a layer of baking soda underneath cat litter for maximum freshness
- Add 1/2 cup to your next load of laundry - the baking soda is a natural fabric softener that also provides added freshness AND makes both white and colored clothing brighter! (a great alternative for people with sensitive skin)
Lemons are pretty much nature’s bleach and can be used in many areas of your home to make it clean and shiny, not to mention lemony fresh! Here are a few….
To brighten whites, you can add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. This is a safer alternative to bleach and for those of you who have a septic system, lemons are much friendlier than bleach!
- On Countertops & Cuttingboards
Dip the open side of a lemon half into some baking soda. Scrub countertops/cutting boards, then wipe with a wet sponge and dry. This is a simple homemade cleaner that is a perfect alternative to harsh chemicals!
*Warning: this mixture can sometimes cause discoloration on delicate stone or stainless steel so always do a test patch first to be safe or just avoid those surfaces all together.
Mix lemon juice and baking soda so it’s the consistency of toothpaste. Use a soft cloth to rub the mixture on the metal surface. Rinse and wipe dry. Look at that shine…
- Stuff Them in Your Garbage Disposal
To keep your garbage disposal from smelling questionable, put a quarter of a lemon down there from time to time. Right before I do this, I usually squeeze the last of the juice out and scrub the inside of the sink as well. I love this because then the sink is sparkling and the whole kitchen smells like lemon – some cleaning that can actually make you smile!
Have you looked closely at your showerhead lately? Does it look kind of gross? Well, most likely it’s just the result of hard water (H20 high in mineral content), which isn’t harmful to your health, but it does put a damper on your water flow. In some cases, the grossness might really be gross because it could be bacteria, which is definitely not good for your health!
But no matter the situation, all showerheads should get a cleaning from time to time…
- Simply fill a plastic bag (free of holes) with enough white vinegar (about a pint) to submerge the showerhead
- Submerge the showerhead in the vinegar and secure the bag with a rubberband
- Allow it to soak for a few hours
- Remove the bag
- Turn the shower on for 30 secs or so
- Take a shower that will truly get you clean!