Most of us never thought about it, but some of the most popular kitchen ingredients can turn into natural and very effective cleaning products. Here are 7 ingredients that will help you around the house instead of going to your trash bin.
Used coffee grounds are great for absorbing unpleasant smells from your trash bins, your refrigerator and even your hands after handling onions and garlic while cooking. Place small batches in smelly trouble spots instead of using chemical freshener sprays. Coffee grounds can also be used to help scrub hard to remove leftovers from your dishes. Simply soak your dirty dishes in mixture of warm water and 2 to 3 teaspoons of coffee grounds for an easier wash.
“Most of us never thought about it, but some of the most popular kitchen ingredients can turn into natural and very effective cleaning products.”
Not to be outdone by vinegar, olive oil helps to remove adhesives from wood, plastic, leather or any other smooth surface. It also adds shine to dull wooden surfaces and helps neutralize smells coming from your drains. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil with a little essential oil down your drain to remove the smell. Olive oil can also to be used to prevent water marks on your stainless steel kitchen sink, those annoying spots that make any cleaning job look undone. Wipe the kitchen sink with a light layer of olive oil to help prevent water stains.
Lemons act as natural disinfectants due to the citric acid in them. Use lemon juice and boiled water to kill household germs for any kitchen or household items requiring sterilization such as baby toys. Lemons can also be used as a whitening agent for dish towels and linens instead of bleach. Soak the whites in a 1 part lemon and 4 part water solution overnight and dry in the sunshine the next day.
Some of your favorite fruits and vegetables like celery, peaches, blueberries, and greens need thorough washings to get rid of hidden traces of dirt and pesticides. For fruits and vegetables that require washing, soak them in cool water for about 5 to 10 minutes with a few tablespoons of baking soda while occasionally scrubbing with a vegetable brush.
“Used coffee grounds are great for absorbing unpleasant smells from your trash bins, your refrigerator and even your hands after handling onions and garlic while cooking.”
Distilled White Vinegar
Vinegar is such a versatile cleaning substitute. It’s hard to find examples of what cannot be cleaned by this household staple! Store purchased vinegar typically contains 5% acetic acid, the main ingredient for tackling grease and bacteria. Vinegar is especially good at decalcifying mineral deposits or cleaning non-waxed floors. Use it to clean your coffeemaker to fight against oily residues and other deposits. Run a half vinegar/half water mixture through the coffeemaker and then just water a few times to get rid of the vinegar odor. Also, use a half vinegar/half water mixture to clean out your microwave. Put the mixture in a bowl and heat it up in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then wipe the inside of the microwave when it’s done.
Essential oils as cleaning products work together with their aroma-therapeutic benefits. For example, soak eucalyptus essential oil to your bedding by adding 25 drops into your wash cycle. Dust mites hate the smell. Essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass can be used to clean your windows due to their antiseptic nature. Add a few drops to water to clean grime away from windows.
Salt can be used to scour stains from teacups and coffee mugs and as a grease absorbent. Sprinkle salt on food spills in your oven to keep them from hardening. Before washing greasy iron pans, add salt to absorb the grease and then wipe away. Salt can also be used together with baking soda and vinegar to unclog shower drains. Pour 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar down your bathtub or shower drain. After 10 minutes, pour 2 liters of boiling water.
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