Posted by: godswaytohealth | December 8, 2014

HEALTHY CLEANING TIPS WITH 3 GREAT INGREDIENTS

Vinegar, baking soda and lemon

Most of us know how unhealthy chemical cleaning products like bleach can be. Not only that, it will damage the environmental when disposed of improperly.

Bleach can release chlorine gas and irritate the respiratory system if inhaled. Chlorine is toxic enough to be a chemical weapon and categorized as a “choking agent”.  Inhalation of chlorine gas can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, cough, eye irritation, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, and death.

Do we really want to clean our own home with these kinds of chemicals that can do us such harm? Of course not. So let us take a look at using three simple natural products to clean our home. Thy are, lemons, baking soda, and white distilled vinegar.

Not only are these three items a lot cheaper to buy and healthier to use, but they will clean your home beautifully. Let’s learn just some of the many ways we can clean our homes with lemons, vinegar, and baking soda.

VINEGAR

1 white vinegar

Although vinegar is not registered as a disinfectant with the EPA, it will kill both salmonella and E. coli, two bacteria you’ll want to avoid. Consequently, white vinegar can be used to clean loads of things around your home. Here are just a few suggestions for what you can clean with vinegar:

IN THE KITCHEN:

2 clean-coffee-maker

  • Clean your coffeemaker: Run the machine with equal parts water and vinegar. Halfway through the cycle, turn it off and let it sit for an hour. Then complete the cycle.

3 open-microwave-oven

  • Clean your microwave: Put one cup vinegar and one cup water in a bowl and microwave on high for about 10 minutes. Afterward, stains and dried food should be easy to wipe away.

4 sparkling glasses

  • Make glasses sparkle: Put one cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before you run the cycle. After you run the dishwasher, your glassware shouldn’t be cloudy. unclogging drain
  • Unclog a drain: Pour 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Rinse with water.

IN THE BATHROOM:

5 shower-curtain-mildew

  • Prevent mildew in the shower: Spray vinegar on shower walls and curtains.

6 Shower Head Cleaning

  • Remove mineral deposits from a showerhead: If you cannot remove the showerhead, put vinegar in a plastic bag and tie the bag around the showerhead. Let the bag sit overnight, and rinse the showerhead with water in the morning.

THROUGHOUT THE HOME:

7 window-clean

  • Clean glass: Mix one tablespoon of vinegar in a quart of water. Spray onto glass surfaces and wipe dry.

8 coffee spill on carpet

  • Clean spills on carpet: After removing as much liquid as you can, spray the stain with a solution of half vinegar and half water and let sit for two minutes. Blot with a towel.

9 black mold

  • Remove mold from walls: Spray vinegar on walls, let sit for 15 minutes, rinse and let dry.

MISCELLANEOUS:

10 removes stickers

  • Remove stickers: Rub labels with vinegar, let sit for 10 minutes, and then remove.

11 skunk odor

  • Remove skunk odor from a dog: If your dog has a run-in with a skunk, scrub its fur with a half vinegar, half water solution and then rinse with water.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda

Baking soda can do more than keep your fridge smelling fresh and aid with baking. Its odor absorbing properties are useful throughout the home and it is capable of removing tough stains because of its abrasiveness. Additionally, baking soda is completely non-toxic and unlike vinegar, it doesn’t have a strong smell. Try out baking soda for some of these household cleaning tasks:

IN THE KITCHEN:

12 clean oven

  • Clean spills in the oven: Scrub the bottom of the oven with steel wool and baking soda. (Note: If you have a self-cleaning oven, don’t use this method.)

13 polishing silver

  • Polish silver flatware: Make a paste with three parts baking soda, one part water and rub onto the silver with a clean cloth. Rinse with water.

14 remove cooked on burned food

  • Remove burnt food from the bottoms of pots and pans: Sprinkle baking soda over the burnt areas, add hot water and let sit over night. Scrub in the morning.

15 taking odors our of a plastic dish

  • Remove odors from food containers: Simply rinse containers with baking soda and water to remove smells. Let sit overnight if necessary.

16 dirty cup

  • Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs: Fill mugs with one part baking soda and two parts water and let sit over night. Scrub and rinse in the morning.

IN THE BATHROOM:

26 clean bathroom

  • Clean hairbrushes and combs: Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda/water solution.

THROUGHOUT THE HOME:

25 clean-house

  • Clean no-wax and tile floors: To achieve clean floors without scratching them, mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of water. Mop the floor and rinse.
  • Deodorize rugs: Sprinkle the rug with baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
  • Erase crayon marks from walls: If your kids decide to use your walls as art canvases, put a baking soda paste of equal parts soda and water on the area, let dry and then wipe away. (Note: This method works best on white walls; colored walls could lose some of their color.)
  • Remove odors from upholstered furniture: Simply sprinkle the fabric with baking soda (like you would for deodorizing rugs)and then vacuum.

MISCELLANEOUS:

27 lawn furniture before and after

  • Clean lawn furniture: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with one quart of warm water and wipe down furniture.
  • Remove burnt food from a grill: Sprinkle the grill with baking soda, and then soak in water for a few hours.

LEMONS

Yellow lemon

Have extra lemons or a bottle of lemon juice that you rarely use? There’s a reason why plenty of cleaning supplies have citrus in them. Lemons are a natural disinfectant and stain remover because of their acidity. As an added bonus, lemons will leave your house with a pleasant scent. Here are some common tasks that lemons (or bottled lemon juice) can do:

IN THE KITCHEN:

17 cuttting board with lemon

  • Clean laminate countertops and cutting boards: Squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the counter or cutting board. Rub the lemon into the stains and let sit until the stains disappear, then rinse. (Although lemons do inhibit the growth of bacteria, it’s advisable to seek out alternatives for cleaning surfaces that have been touched by things like raw meat to ensure you or your family members don’t get sick.)

22 lemos in micro

  • Clean your microwave: Slice a lemon, put it in a bowl of water and microwave for 45 seconds. This should make stains easier to wipe away and eliminate unpleasant odors.

18 clean refrigerator with lemon

  • Keep your refrigerator smelling nice: If you want your fridge to have a fresh scent, simply put half a lemon inside.

28 food storage containers

  • Remove stains from food storage containers: Squeeze the juice of a lemon into the containers, then add a little baking soda. Rub the mixture into the stains. Let sit overnight if necessary and stains will come off easily.

IN THE BATHROOM:

19 fauset mildew

  • Prevent lime scale on faucets: Rub the fixtures with lemon juice and let sit overnight. Rinse in the morning.

21 clen grout

  • Remove stains from grout: Make a paste from lemon juice and a teaspoon of cream of tartar (a natural bleaching agent) and apply to the area with a toothbrush. Once the stain is gone, rinse with water.

THROUGHOUT THE HOME:

7 window-clean

  • Clean glass: Mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 gallon of water. Spray on glass and clean as usual.

24 polishing furniture with lemon and oil

  • Polish furniture: Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one pint of vegetable or mineral oil. Rub onto furniture.

MISCELLANEOUS:

23 cleaning fabric with lemon

  • Removing stains on fabric – Amazingly, these three ingredients can help us remove most of the stains on fabrics. If you have a stubborn stain on white cotton or linen, soak the stain in lemon juice, lay it under direct sunlight and the stain should disappear. For other fabrics, soak the stained area in a water and vinegar solution, or mix a thick paste of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water and spread it on the stain. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes or even hours for maximum effectiveness. Afterwards, scrub and rinse. The stain or residue should be gone! Some synthetic fabrics like acetone can be damaged by vinegar, so use a paste of just baking soda and water in these cases.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

30 Baking Soda Vinegar Paste

Removing stuck-on residue from hard surfaces – A paste of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water also treats stains and difficult residue on hard surfaces. Spread it on; let it sit for 20-30 minutes, and the stain or residue can be scrubbed away. Remember, vinegar should not be used on aluminium, cast iron, or waxed surfaces.

31 Kitchen appliances

Disinfecting ovens, refrigerators, and hobs – Avoid commercial oven cleaners by mixing a solution of warm water, vinegar, and baking soda, with a few drops of lemon juice. Use this to scrub and wipe down your ovens, fridge and freezer interiors, and hobs. It’ll cut through the grease, disinfect the surface, and leave your kitchen smelling lemony-fresh. Again, for burnt-on residue, use the baking soda paste.

29 spray bottle

A natural air freshener – Baking soda easily combats odors, so to keep your fridge smelling fresh, leave an open dish of baking soda on the bottom shelf. You can do the same with microwave and conventional ovens, or microwave lemon wedges for 30 seconds to zap odors. If any garments or fabrics have developed a mildew smell, soak them in a solution of water and vinegar. And to freshen your house in general, boil a pan of water with shaved pieces of lemon peel. Leave bowls of the lemony water in your rooms, and the air will smell a lot fresher!

These are just some of the countless ways we can do our household cleaning with these three easy ingredients. Toss your harmful chemical cleaners away, and say hello to an eco-friendly cleaning regime for your home.

Further Reading:

Uses for Baking Soda

SOURCE

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

http://naturalnews.com

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/toxic-chemical-health-dangers-chlorine/

 

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/all-natural-cleaning-solutions/vinegar-0

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