Tips for Home Cleaning Solutions
Ingredients found in many home pantries could be the solution to creating natural and effective cleaning products for surface areas around the home.
Try these simple methods when cleaning your house this spring instead of using harsher chemical solutions:
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great way to clean out a coffee pot. Fill the pot with water and stir in ¼ cup of baking soda. Run this solution through the chamber and allow it to brew. Then, run two full pots of plain water to ensure the pot is thoroughly rinsed out.
2. Black Tea
Save the tea bags from your afternoon tea and brew another pot (using three or more tea bags) and wait until it cools. Then, dip a cloth into the brewed tea and use it to clean windows. The tanic acid found in the black tea is what dissolves the dirt and grease that can accumulate on windows.
3. White Vinegar
When white vinegar is mixed with equal parts water, it becomes and all-purpose kitchen cleaner. However, be careful not to add too much white vinegar because the strong acidity can eat away at some household surfaces. Know your surfaces!
4. Tea Tree Oil
Not everyone may have tea tree oil at home, but it can be easily found at many grocery and natural food stores. Mix two teaspoons of the potent-smelling oil with two cups of water and put the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto doorknobs and other household surfaces to disinfect. Just be mindful of the smell.
As always when trying a new product or solution test a small area before use!