Marketers would like us to believe that we need a cabinet full of cleaners for every household chore. Really, though, you can find everything you need for a non-toxic, clean home with items already in your kitchen. Next time you’re out of bathroom or kitchen cleaners, don’t run out to the store, just head to your pantry instead.
1. Sink & tub soap stains are a thing of the past with baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle the baking soda in the tub or sink, then add a bit of vinegar on top. Let it bubble for a minute (long enough to get in a quick game of Candy Crush). Using a damp rag, mix baking soda & vinegar into a paste and wipe away hard water or soap stains.
2. Disinfecting counters & toilet seats? Combine equal parts vinegar and water into a clean spray bottle. Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil– a natural disinfectant. If you prefer a citrus, eucalyptus, or lavender scent, add a couple of drops of pure essential oil to the mix as well.
*While this mix will work on shower walls, the acidity of vinegar can break down caulk, so stay clear of the corners!
3. Break an egg? Don’t waste a roll of paper towels trying to clean in up. Cover the mess with ordinary salt and it will absorb the egg into a manageable, quick pick-up.
4. Want to loosen a slow drain? Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain (you may need to use a chopstick to push it into the drain), then pour a cup of vinegar on top and allow the bubbles to begin. Once the bubbles have subsided, carefully flush the drain with a tea-kettle full of boiling water. Run the tap and the drain should flow freely.
5. Trying to eliminate soap scum from glass shower doors? Dip a lemon half in a shallow bowl of salt, and then wipe down the doors with the salted lemon. No more spots!