Natural Cleaning

One rule you should always stick by when cleaning your house naturally is to use as few store bought cleaning chemicals and products as possible. It is better and healthier for you, your family, and your home to use natural cleaning methods. Many cleaning chemicals can be very harmful if constantly in the home atmosphere to be inhaled and touched. Here are a few natural cleaning tips for cleaning specific items in the household.

  • The natural cleaning of a coffeepot includes pouring vinegar in a coffeepot and swishing it around. You can use a brush or sponge if it seems to help. If you want intensive cleaning, try the overnight method. Fill the coffeepot about halfway with ice, then pour in the vinegar, and add a few slices of lemon on the top. Let the mixture sit for the night. In the morning, dump out the contents and enjoy your freshly deodorized and totally sanitized coffeepot! This allows for you to make coffee with a clean taste and no acidity, which is what builds up in the coffee pot and causes the bitter taste.
  • Pots with food burns can be naturally cleaned by applying a small amount of baking soda to the food burn. Then, dip a sponge in warm water and scrub the pot until the stain is gone. If the pot is made from stainless steel, steel wool or a steel thread pad is best for this type of job.
  • Stainless steel sinks can be cleaned with white vinegar on a sponge. This keeps them shiny. Pouring a little vinegar down the garbage disposal will freshen that as well.
  • Remove rust from your stainless steel sink by pouring lemon juice on a washcloth, adding cream of tartar, and scrubbing the sink with the mixture. The cream of tartar works as an abrasive, while the lemon juice neutralizes the rust.
  • A non-stainless steel sink can be washed with baking soda on a damp sponge. To make your sink shinier, pour club soda on a washcloth and rub the sink. Always thoroughly dry the sink.
  • To clean wood floors, brew two bags of tea in hot water. Once they have cooled to room temperature, mop your wood floors with the tea. Regular black tea works best, don't waste your flavored tea on this job!
  • Silver can be cleaned with white toothpaste (non gel). Use a washcloth to clean the piece of silver, then rinse and dry thoroughly in order to avoid rust. If you need to scrub the silver, an old toothbrush comes in handy.

The single most important natural cleaning tools you can keep on hand is both dark and white vinegar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and toothpaste. Almost anything can be cleaned with vinegar, lemon juice, and cub soda or baking soda, depending on if you need to scrub the surface. These are light abrasives that will not scratch or leave chemical residue on your kitchen items. For more tips on natural cleaning products, simply type in homemade natural cleaning products into your search engine.