Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Amy’s Best All Natural Cleaning Tips

I am so in love with Pinterest, but sometimes I forget all the great tips I have pinned, even though there are in one place. 
I decided to compile this straightforward list of all the best Natural Ingredient Cleaning Tips I want to remember to use.  I have tried most of these and they work great!

I have this list printed out on my fridge as a reminder!!
You should do the same.

Click here for a Printable List

So here we go:

Amy’s Best All Natural Cleaning Tips:

Prevent Mold, Remove Pesticides and Wax - Soak fruit, berries, veggies in 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water + salt.  For up 15min. to an hour, or more for non-organic apples.

Remove Rust from Knives – Soak in Lemon juice, scrub with scrubby side of sponge

Clean rusted cookie sheets – soak in thick layer of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for over an hour. Scrub off.
(I need to try again, it didn’t work that well)

Clean Reusable Straws – run homemade felt on a string through straw, soaked in hot water, dish soap, and 1 tsp bleach. Rinse well.
See my blog post for detailed instructions on how to do this!

Sanitize Cutting Board - Vinegar

Remove and Prevent Water Marks - Rub faucet with waxed paper

Household Cleaning:
Vinegar for counters and floors.
Hydrogen peroxide for windows and mirrors.
Use the above + sprinkle with baking soda in salt shaker for bathrooms.
Rubbing Alcohol for carpet stains.
Olive oil for fingerprints on stainless steel appliances.

To Keep bugs away – Spray window sills with Peppermint oil

Natural Bleach Alternative for Laundry Whites or Cleaning 12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Mix. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner. 

DIY Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe Ingredients
2 c. water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 Tablespoon cornstarch

I put leftover orange, lemon or lime peelings in a mason jar.  Then I add vinegar to fill up the jar. Let it steep for 2 weeks. Take the peelings out with tongs.
You have citrus smelling cleaner.
*Ants hate vinegar, so it works well for counter tops in the summer.

So there.