No I’m not suggesting that you do your housework in the buff (although your husband or wife may like it). It’s time to go a little greener, and what better place to start than in your home?
You’ll be surprised at some of the every day items that you can use for cleaning that can be found right in your pantry.
Mayonnaise to remove crayon marks? Ketchup on your brass fixtures? Flip through to see what else you’ll find.
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Use vinegar to remove sticker residue...
Have a wine bottle that you want to use for decorative purposes? Or maybe you've got a kid who was a little overzealous with their stickers. Grab your bottle of vinegar!
Saturate a clean cloth in vinegar and place it over the sticker you'd like to remove. Let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes and then with a bit of elbow grease your sticker should come right off!
Use mayonnaise to erase "artwork"...
Have "artistic" tots at home? This tip will definitely come in handy. Get rid of those doodles on the wall by putting a light layer of mayonnaise on them. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe away with a damp rag.
Use baking soda to clean... everything!
Baking soda is perfect to use for cleaning all around the house. To use on stubborn stains, make a baking soda paste using 3 parts baking soda, and one part water. Apply to the stain, let stand, and then scrub or wipe clean.
Use hydrogen peroxide to clean your kid's toys...
Forget that bleach and those harsh chemicals. Fill a dark colored spray bottle with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts water. Spray down your children's toys and then wipe clean.
Use ketchup to clean your copper pots...
Ketchup isn't only good for french fries. Use it to get your good copper pots clean! Simply squeeze a bit onto a clean dry cloth and rub a small layer onto the surface of your pot or pan. Let it sit for a minute and then rinse clean with warm water.
Use vinegar to clean your shower head...
Yet another awesome use for vinegar. Have a shower head that sprays water out a little funky? It's probably soap scum. Tie a plastic baggy filled with vinegar around your shower head and let it sit for a few hours. Remove the bag and then run the shower to remove any residual vinegar. Your shower head will work like brand new!
Use lemon and oil to clean your furniture...
No need to spend money on those expensive bottles of Pledge. Make your own at home! All you need is 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 10 drops of essential lemon oil. Mix in a bowl and apply to furniture with a clean cloth. Voilà! Homemade shine.
Use wine to get rid of gnats...
Gnats are annoying little buggers; but you can use your favorite beverage to get rid of them easily.
Create a trap by using a wine bottle filled with about an inch of red wine and a few drops of liquid detergent. Make a funnel using cardstock or thick paper, stick it in the top of your bottle and then tape it sealed. The wine will attract the gnats, the funnel will keep them trapped, and the dish soap will kill them.
Clean up a dropped egg using salt...
Oh no! Dropping an egg is the worst; but it can be cleaned up easily using a simple trick. Sprinkle salt over the mess and let it sit for about 20 minutes. (If you have little ones, you may have to barricade your kitchen.) After the 20 minutes, the mess will wipe up easily. Problem solved!
Use vinegar to clean your microwave...
I absolutely swear by this one. Get a microwave safe bowl and fill it with an inch or two of vinegar. Place it in the microwave and cook for ten minutes. The vinegar steam will loosen all of those nasty crumbs and stickies. Remove the bowl (careful, it's hot!) and wipe everything down with a damp sponge. Genius!
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Have a natural household cleaning tip that you swear by? Let’s see them in the comments!