This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean – naturally.
Spring cleaning is upon us. We are coming out of the coma of winter, looking forward to spending more time outside and we are thinking about getting the house cleaned up. I admit I used to use the toxic cleaners, in fact I have a few unfinished bottles in my basement. In my mind they are for emergencies of things I just cannot clean up naturally.
The fact is I have never used the stash of emergency cleaners because I have something that every single person has in their house baking soda. If you are a single man you even have it in your house in your fridge with that shriveled up lime from the night you bought Corona’s for your Mexican food take out.
My first experience using baking soda was with my stove. My stove is always dirty, it is only clean for the short time between the time I clean it and the next meal. I confess I have used Greased Lighting before to clean my stove, it worked but it is very toxic, I could practically wheeze with the first spray.
My stove was pretty dirty the other day and I used only baking soda, a little bit of white vinegar, and hot water. I sprinkled baking soda around the stove top and poured a small amount of white vinegar. I let it sit for a few minutes and bubble. Then I took a wash cloth with hot water and used elbow grease. That is it, it really worked as you can see.
I use it in the sink to get all the food grime off from a day of cooking and preparing food. I use it in the bathroom to clean the bathtub grime from my kids natural soap out. I keep recycled spray bottle of water and vinegar in the bathroom and box of baking soda I can do a quick clean up before guests come or clean up any sort of spill or mess my kids may create.
There are tons of recipes and other tips out there on how to clean naturally, read some of my fellow environmentalist posts for more tips… this is just a super simple way to clean with something we ALL have in our house.
PS It was very hard for me to share a picture of my dirty stove.
What is you tip for natural cleaning?
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