Household Cleaners Without Chemicals 4 comments


I am always looking for ways to clean without harsh chemicals as I know what it is doing to our environment, and there are so many ways to get the same results or better with natural products to do all the cleaning jobs in our homes.

Today I received a email from a blog that I have been following for a while and it was all about the use of vinegar, one of my favorite natural products, and I wanted to share her blog with you to read all her hints. The Clothespring Adventures of a Wahm

I have one more to go along with it and that is wiping down your counters in the summer time to keep the sugar aunts away.

And to read more useful household hints here is the queen of hints, Heloise http://www.heloise.com/

From the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond, find the surprising talents of a few common items around the house
 ❦baking soda Adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry can boost your detergents cleaning abilities, and sponges soaked in baking soda and hot water sill stay fresher longer. Diluting 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of water also make a gentle, natural rinse for fruits and veggies❦salt Soap is out of the question for cast iron, but a little salt will give it a deep clean. Simply heat a bit pf oil over medium heat in a cast-iron skillet, then sprinkle in three tablespoons of salt. Hold a paper towel with tongs to scour clean; rinse with water and coat with vegetable oil to cure.

❦vinegar You can get rid of calcium deposits from faucets by using a cloth soaked in vinegar, wrap tightly. Let sit fir a few hours or overnight. Rinse and dry with soft cloth.

❦coffee filters For cleaning, use coffee filters with your favorite glass cleaner on windows and mirrors for a sparkling shine.

❦dryer sheets In the bathroom you can use a wet dryer sheet to remove soap scum.  Use it like a sponge to speed up cleaning.  They can also save time in the kitchen with the anti-static properties the weaken the bond between burnt or baked on food and cookware. Just submerge one in a dirty pan filled with warm water and let stand for 30 minutes or overnight to reduce the need for heavy scrubbing

❦ pillowcases Before you toss a pillowcase in the wash, use one to make cleaning ceiling fans mess-free. Slip a pillowcase over the panels and lightly close the open end around the panel to make sure you clean the top and bottom in one swipe.  Then pull the pillowcase toward the end of the panel.  When you have finished, take the pillowcase outside, tun wrong side out to shake away the dust.
Save More Cash For Your Family 
Vinegar Institute offers many suggestions for the use of “white vinegar” as an alternative for household use, namely for a fabric softener, simple and very cost effective, a gallon can cost $2.00 and can be used in so many different home remedies.  For fabric softener, if you want a scent just add about 40 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 gallon of White Vinegar, then add 1/2 cup to final rinse.
You can clean scissors, glass, remove dust from silk flowers, fight shower curtain mold,
eliminate odors in your fridge, clean glasses, run through your dishwasher once a month
to remove soap residue, clean shower heads with a plastic bag partially filled with vinegar
and use an elastic to hold in place.

Vinegar is effective in killing bacteria, germs and mold. Vinegar is an fantastic product, as the it was discovered by the ancients. And the Babylonians discovered it for a preservative and to use as a condiment. So you can see there are so many ways this simple inexpensive product can save your family a lot of money. Check out the links above for even more ways you can save and let me know what you use vinegar for in your next cleaning task.

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About Karren Haller

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4 thoughts on “Household Cleaners Without Chemicals

  • Leah Oviedo

    Vinegar is the best! I use vinegar as a fabric softener in my wash. In the summer I use a mix of 1 part apple cider vinegar, 1 part water, and 3 drops drop of dish soap in a bowl to kill fruit flies. Apple cider vinegar also makes a great rinse if you want shiny hair, just make sure to rinse it out well or it smells. I love to clean my tile counters with lemon. I just cut a lemon into slices and rub those on the tile lines to get rid of mold. I also rub the lemon on my wood cutting board to get rid of smells. Garlic is the worst, but no match for lemon.
    I was raised to collect socks and any clothing that was worn out as rags. They work better than paper towels too. I can’t stand the smell of most cleaners or wasting materials so having these sustainable options is really awesome. Great topic Karren!

    • karren Post author

      Hi Leah, how are you? Thank you for stopping by and your contributing and sharing your ideas. I too save socks to use for cleaning. Some of the old ways are so much better. I appreciate your support. I just sent you an email as well. Karren