If you’re tired of cleaning your home with chemicals, it’s time to try a more natural approach. You don’t need to go out and buy weird ingredients to clean without chemicals; in fact, the top three cleaners are probably already hiding in your fridge or pantry. Here are your kitchen’s top cleaning hacks using lemons, vinegar and baking soda.
Cleaning with Lemons
- Freshen the fridge: Find the culprit behind the stench and throw it out. Then fill a small bowl partway with lemon juice and top it off with cotton balls to soak up any residual smell.
- Sanitize cutting boards: Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and rub it all over your cutting boards to freshen and sanitize the surface.
- Deodorize the garbage can: Toss leftover lemon rinds into the bottom of the trash can. Replace the rinds every couple of weeks to keep the trash smelling fresh.
- Bleach delicate fabrics: Swap out harmful bleach for a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. Make a batch large enough to soak your stained delicates. Leave the clothes in the mixture for an hour before washing like normal. For an extra boost, add a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle along with your regular detergent.
- Clean tarnished chrome, brass or stainless steel: Make a paste from lemon juice and salt, or substitute cream of tartar or baking soda for the salt. Coat the tarnished area, let the paste sit for five minutes and then rinse with warm water. This trick works great for removing stains from metal kitchen sinks.
Cleaning with Vinegar
- Erase marks and stains: Dampen a cloth or sponge with white vinegar and scrub pen marks from the wall, grease from the stovetop, or mildew stains from the bathroom walls until they disappear.
- Clean a variety of surfaces: Dirty, gummy or grimy surfaces don’t stand a chance against vinegar. Dip a paper towel, sponge, cloth or cotton swabs in white vinegar and wipe clean your computer keyboard and mouse, scissor blades, window blinds, piano keys, lunch box interiors, microwaves, and more.
- Restore wood furniture: Combine equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply to water rings on the coffee table. Buff the wood with a second clean, dry cloth.
- Remove carpet stains: For light carpet stains, rub in a mixture of 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 1/4 cup vinegar. Let the solution dry, and then vacuum. For stubborn stains, add 1 tablespoon borax to the mix.
- Remove dried candle wax: Soften the wax with a hairdryer and remove what you can. Remove what’s left by rubbing the area with a cloth soaked in equal parts water and vinegar.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
- Freshen carpets: Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet right before bed. In the morning, vacuum it up.
- Remove baked-on residue: Place a generous amount of baking soda in grimy pots and pans. Add hot water and let the cookware soak for 15 minutes. Then wash as usual.
- Brighten dull tile: Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse the floor for a shiny finish.
- Clean the dishwasher: Run an empty cycle with the soap dispenser filled with baking soda.
- Unclog drains: Pour one cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup heated vinegar.
- Clean the toilet: Add 1/4 cup baking soda to the toilet, swirl it around and scrub the bowl for a chemical-free clean.
If you enjoyed these kitchen pantry cleaning hacks, give some of them a try! Your house will be cleaner and more chemical-free than ever before.