Are you a busy mom? *Raises hand* Do you need tricks to make cleaning more effective, while using natural alternatives? If you answered yes to either of these questions, today’s post is for you. I must admit that one of the things I enjoy about cleaning is the clean smell that comes along with it. Typically it means I use some form of cleaning product, however, I also try to incorporate natural alternatives when possible. Not only is it safer for your family, it’s also cheaper since a little goes a long way. Here are some of my favorite ways to use natural cleaners:
Baking soda is amazing. There is no other explanation for the array of uses that it has. One of the best uses has to do with vacuuming. Take baking soda and sprinkle it all over your carpeting and rugs before vacuuming. Let it sit for a few minutes and then do your normal vacuuming routine. This may seem like more work versus just vacuuming, however, your carpeting will smell fresher longer by doing this. Of course it will also make just about any room or area smell fresh, from refrigerators to closets, leaving an open box of baking soda in a room or on a shelf will keep it smelling fresh for weeks!
Lemon is another great all natural inexpensive cleaning product. It also has a variety of uses. Many people use lemon juice to clean sinks and chrome. You can use juice on a cloth, or just use a half of a lemon and scrub the sink as you would with a sponge. You will want to be sure to rinse it off so that it doesn’t get sticky. It should leave your sinks shining like new. Another use is to clean your garbage disposal. Slice up a lemon and throw it down the disposal before running it as usual. (Make sure there is no food in the disposal prior, to allow for the lemon to work its magic.) Both of these uses will save a ton of time compared to the old ways of making your sink shine and disposal smell good!
Vinegar has a strong smell, but also a strong cleaning power. It can save you both time and money. Instead of trying to scrub away tough toilet stains, pour some baking soda in, and then vinegar. Let it fizz and sit for a while, it will wipe clean! When trying to get a stain out of carpeting or furniture try using a water and vinegar mixture. You can also try the baking soda vinegar trick with stains. Let it sit for a while before trying to lift the stain, the vinegar should make it easier to get out no matter the stain. (Please note that this will not work on strong stains such as paint, but will work on most food and beverage stains.)
What are some ways you use natural cleaners in your home? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!