Hit two birds with one stone!
For so long, we’ve been conditioned to think that harsh chemicals, such as those found in bleach, are the only methods that can thoroughly clean our homes but fortunately, more people are realizing that there is an eco-friendly alternative.
Switching to an eco-friendly cleaning process not only helps the environment from the amount of waste normal household products produce but it’s also safer for you, your family, and your pets. We’ve listed down a number of tips & tricks you can do with minimal ingredients!
Reuse old cotton shirts
If you have a stack of shirts that haven’t been worn in ages, now’s the perfect time to put them into good use. You can cut them up into squares and use them as reusable cleaning rags or better known as, trapo!
Lemon for hard water stains
Notice the water stains on your shower’s glass walls? You can try removing it with this lemon trick. Slice a lemon in half and dip the open end in a plate filled with coarse salt then use this to scrub off the hard water stains; dip into the salt every once in awhile to replenish the scrub.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner Solution
Instead of having a number of different branded solutions, each with their own purposes, you can save space and breathe fresher air with your own solution! Just grab a refillable spray bottle (preferably glass to help withstand any solution you put and smells don’t linger in it) then fill it up with a cup of vinegar, a cup of water, and add essential oils to cover up the vinegar smell and you’re done! Note that the vinegar smell will go away after awhile so no worries about your house smelling funky.
Use old newspapers
Use up that accumulating pile of newspapers in your house for cleaning your windows or any glass you have at home. They’re perfect as they don’t leave streaks and they give a lint free shine!
Ditch the harsh chemicals for your toilet bowl and just use the ever so reliable pumice stone. Give your toilet bowl or sinks a little scrub with this tool and those stubborn hard water deposits will be gone in no time.
Clean your microwave easily with a simple mixture of equal parts vinegar + water and a handful of lemon slices. Put this in a bowl and let it sit in your microwave on high heat for a few minutes then once it’s done, leave the microwave closed for a bit more then remove the bowl and wipe all over to remove all the bits with minimal scrubbing.
Remove label stickers on jars easily!
We love reusing jars because you can really use them for almost anything but one problem we encounter is that sometimes, removing those labels can leave that stubborn sticky residue. Make your life easier by mixing equal parts baking soda and coconut oil then spread it on the residue, leave for a bit then wipe it off and rinse clean!
To clean your coffeemaker the natural way, mix equal parts water and vinegar then run it through the machine and about halfway through, switch the machine off and let it sit for an hour then afterwards, complete the cycle.
Prevent mildew easily and naturally
Fill up a spray bottle with vinegar and spray on your shower walls and curtains to prevent mildew build up.
Erase crayon marks on walls
If you have kids then your walls are mostly likely covered in crayon art but before you go and paint an entire wall, try out this simple paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Place the paste on the crayon marks, let it sit for awhile, then wipe. This is best on white walls as coloured walls may fade a bit.
Natural Rug Deodorizer
Rugs can get smelly quick especially if you have pets but before you think of washing the whole rug (especially right after you just had it cleaned), try sprinkling it with some baking soda then let this sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up!
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