It's been a while since we last purchased a spray bottle of commercial cleaner. Like most of you, I've tried a lot of products. Store brand, cheap priced, high priced, organic, naturals.. You name it. I am devoted to cutting our expenses without sacrificing the quality for my family, so i did my fair share of reading through books for safe and inexpensive cleaning supplies. We all know how curious toddlers and kids can be, I did ditched all of my store bought cleaners and switched to green ( homemade) cleaning for jumping bean and big sister . Aside from cleaning uses , there are a lot more you can do just by using these four common household and kitchen staples.
These four are my best friends. Discover their many amazing uses.
Aside from being a kitchen/baking staple..you'll be surprise on its many uses.
- As a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
- Soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge to remove fishy smell
- To wash fruits and vegetables with it.
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water while boiling chicken. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
- Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
- Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
- Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
- Use it as an antacid.
- Underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
- Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
- Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite essential oils.
- Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
- Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
- Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
- Remove grease from pots and pans.
- Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it.
- Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
- Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
- To remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
- To remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 mins prior to washing.
The most economical and ingenuous product you can have. It's many uses doesn't just stop in the cooking department. Here's a few:
- Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (always check the owners’ manual first.)
- Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.
- For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
- Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar.
- Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.
- To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar on the cooking surface.
- To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide off.
- Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
- Prevent lint from clinging to clothes by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the wash cycle.
- To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.
- Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight.
- Attack spaghetti, barbecue, or ketchup stains with a white distilled vinegar and water solution.
- Remove perspiration odor and stains on clothing, as well as those left by deodorants, by spraying full-strength white distilled vinegar on underarm and collar areas before tossing them into the washing machine.
- Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent.
- Remove smoky odors from clothes by filling the bathtub with very hot water and 1 cup white distilled vinegar. Hang the garments above the steaming water and shut the door so the steam can penetrate the fibers.
- Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Always test before using.
- Remove scorch marks from an iron by rubbing it with a warmed-up solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt. If that doesn’t work, use a cloth dampened with full-strength white distilled vinegar.
- Remove musky smells from cotton clothes by sprinkling them lightly with white distilled vinegar and then pressing them.
You know that saying " When life gives you a lemon..." ? Well , there's a whole lot you can do with lemon other than a lemonade.
- Sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice of lemon over the surface to disinfect.
- Eliminate the browning that occurs when food sits out too long. Sprinkle apple or pear slices with lemon juice before serving, or squeeze a bit into guacamole and give it a stir.
- Remove tough food stains from plastic and light-colored wooden cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.
- Fade tea stains on cloth. Dilute lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Use an eyedropper or a Q-tip to make sure the juice targets the stain. Thoroughly flush with cool water.
- Decorate on the cheap. Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill.
- Relieve a sore throat. Cut a lemon in half. Skewer one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until the peel turns golden brown. Let cool slightly, then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey. Swallow the mixture.
- Whiten fingernails. Rub a wedge on the surface of your nails.
- Shine the interior of copper cookware. Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub.
- Brighten laundry whites. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load.
- Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater. Rub both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
- As a foot soak. For Foot Fungus -cure a foot fungus, simply spray a 50/50 mixture of Hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
- Cleaning ears (disinfectant) (1% to 3%)
- As a toot paste, mixed with baking soda (disinfectant, very mildly bleaching) (1% to 3%)
- Douche- Add 2 capfuls of 3% Hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once to twice a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.
- Mouthwash -Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use 3% H202 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring if desired.
- Toothbrush - just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in Hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
- Mold - Clean with Hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.
- Humidifiers/Steamers -Use 1 pint 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.
- Disinfect - countertops. high chairs , toys , door knobs.
Go over your house now and see what chemical cleaners you can swap for these household and kitchen staples! Its not only earth friendly but indeed budget friendly.