If you’re like me, you want a clean and sanitary house without all the chemicals and junk that can be found in traditional cleaning products. The good news is that people have had clean houses even before all those products were invented and put on store shelves. Chances are you have loads of things right in your kitchen that you can use to clean virtually anything in your entire house. Here are 7 of the best and easiest to use.
1. White Vinegar is Perfect for Cleaning Just about Anything
I use a mixture of white vinegar and water to mop my wood floors. It sanitizes and cleans without the harshness of most cleaners. White vinegar can also be used to wipe down countertops, clean windows, degrease the stove and much more. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water on hand for many cleaning needs. It’s so much better for me than all those expensive bottles of cleaning products.
2. Polish Your Silverware with a Banana Peel
Enjoy your banana, but don’t toss the peel. Add a dab of water to the inside of it and create a paste. You can use it to polish all your silver so you always have a set that’s sparkling and ready for use. And you won’t have to worry about strong chemicals being left behind. Perfect!
3. Wash Wood Surfaces with Used Tea Bags
You’re just going to throw them away, so why not use your tea bags to get all the wood in your house gleaming and fresh? Simply take the wet tea bag and use it to polish cabinets and furniture. The tannins in the tea clean the surfaces and help retain the color. It’s so easy!
4. Use Coffee Grounds to Get Rid of Grease
Used coffee grounds are great for your compost heap, but they also have degreasing properties that make them perfect for cleaning in your kitchen. Use them as a scrub on the stove, hood and surrounding countertops to get rid of cooking grease in a snap. Coffee grounds can also be used to get rid of odors in the fridge and your trashcans.
5. The Bubbles in Club Soda Removes Stains
Do you have stains on your carpet? Don’t we all. Whether it’s food, wine or nail polish, you can try club soda to get rid of it. The carbonation helps lift stains and remove them from rugs as well as your carpet. You can also use club soda to get stains out of your clothing. If you have cast iron skillets with stuck on gunk, pour some club soda into a hot skillet and it should help lift it all away.
6. Salt Makes a Great Scrub for Dishes and Cabinets
Sprinkle a lemon half with coarse salt and you have the perfect thing for scrubbing cutting boards, skillets and other dishes. You can also use salt to soak up spills on the stovetop and wine on your tablecloths. You always have salt and you can use it for so much more than just seasoning your food.
7. Lemons Work Wonders All over the Place
Lemons are great for deodorizing so you can add the peels to your vinegar and water mixture for a fresh smelling floor and window cleaner. You can also grind a lemon half in the garbage disposal to get rid of stinky smells in the sink. Lemons sprinkled with baking soda are great for cleaning copper pots and pans.
Have you ever used any of these things to clean with? What other foods work for getting your house in tip top shape?