Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to involve lots of harsh chemicals. Here are some helpful ways to use natural household items to clean your house. Most of these natural cleaners will do a better job than the toughest claimed store bought cleaners.
Baking Soda – Great gentle scrub for dishes, pots, and cooking surfaces. Great to clean silver with also. To clean silver: Use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
Kosher Salt – A great choice when you need a tougher scrubber for dishes or counter top surfaces. Kosher salt works wonders on cast iron. To clean cast iron: Use a mixture of kosher salt and water to create a paste, then use a nylon scrub brush to scrub the cookware.
White Vinegar – Use to cut dirt, grease, and smudges on counter tops, windows and floors. To use: Dilute it with water. Works wonders on hard water deposits and soap scum but you will need to use it full strength for these. One of the most often heard reasons for not using vinegar for cleaning is the fear of smelling like vinegar. The vinegar smell dissipates once it dries.
Lemon – For a citrus cleaner, combine baking soda with a bit of dish soap and use halved lemon to scrub the paste across surfaces. Lemon can also be used to get stains out of Tupperware. Squizze some lemon juice in the Tupperware and then add some baking soda, use the lemon as the cleaning tool and work the mixture in.