If you’re aware of the health hazards of the many chemicals found in conventional cleaning products, you’re probably looking to clean your home with natural cleaning supplies. Natural cleaning products are safe, nontoxic and less likely to cause irritating reactions. They’re better for your family’s health and the environment. No need to spend a fortune to stay healthy and clean. Look in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets the next time a cleaning task is at hand and try these natural supplies recommended by famous integrative health advisor Dr. Andrew Weil.
Lemons. Try using lemon juice to bleach stains out of clothing. Saturate a stain with lemon juice, either straight or diluted with water. For extra bleaching, set the garment in the sun and wait. Amazingly, your stain will be gone in a few minutes to an hour. Use lemon halves to degrease a stove, or spray a little lemon juice and water in the microwave, stove, fridge or anywhere you need clean, lemony freshness.
Coarse salt. A teaspoon of coarse salt is a perfect natural abrasive, especially when paired with a lemon half. Add olive or mineral oil, and you have a great way to freshen and enliven wooden cutting boards or clean copper cooking pans.
Baking soda. This is a true all-purpose natural cleaner. It’s wonderful on red wine and coffee pot stains, and it shines stainless steel and silver. It will draw out grease stains from suede, leather or even marble. Make a poultice of baking soda and water. Apply to the stain. Let dry and brush away. A semi-opened box in the refrigerator keeps it smelling clean and fresh. Automobile upholstery can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the upholstery. Let dry and vacuum up.
Vinegar. Mop wood or vinyl flooring with a 1/2 cup of plain or cider vinegar added to a bucket of hot water. Mop as usual, and there’s no need to rinse. Try putting this mixture in a spray bottle for an inexpensive and natural way to sparkle your windows, mirrors and other glass. Set a bowl of cider vinegar in a smoky room, and before you know it that stale smell is history.