Do you ever feel that you spend more time cleaning your home than you do just relaxing and enjoying it? Do you ever worry that the cleaning products you’re using may be harmful to your children and pets? If you answered yes to either of these- You’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list of cleaning hacks that will cut down on your cleaning time and offer a natural approach to those tedious chores.
Wooden Cleaning Boards and Chopping Blocks.
In all the years I’ve lived on my own, I’ve always loved wooden butcher blocks and cutting boards. I have several in my kitchen and like them all. One thing I noticed about them earlier on was how they get that stained ‘not so clean’ look after a while. The best thing I’ve found to get rid of this is lemon and salt. This trick is so simple and is so much safer and cleaner than most of the alternatives. You will only need a few things to get started:
-half a lemon
-a sponge or a cloth
The first thing you’re going to do is apply a generous amount of the coarse salt to the surface of the board. Next, You’re going to take the lemon half, squeezing slightly to release some of the juice as you go, you’re going to rub it all over the surface of the board. Put some elbow grease into it. When you’re finished with that, just sit back and relax for 5 minutes or so and let the salt and lemon work its magic. When the time is up, you can take your scraper and scrape away that dirty gray sludge. Finally, give your cleaned cutting board a final rinse with your sponge or cloth.
Removing Stains from Fabric.
Everyone has their favorite white shirt, and it never fails that it will be the one you’re wearing when that nacho cheese decides to slide off that nacho and straight onto your blouse. Don’t panic; there is a safe and natural alternative to get stains out. You’re going to need coarse kosher salt, some lemon juice, and the sun. First, rinse the stain with some water. Pour a good amount of the salt on the stain and rub the fabric together. The coarse salt will help work the stain out. When you’re done, rinse it with water and squeeze more lemon on it. Hang it in the sun for as long as possible allowing the sun to work it’s bleaching magic.
Clean Stainless Steel with Lemon and Baking Soda.
Nothing bothers me more than having a dirty, dingy looking sink. My sink is stainless steel, and after a while, it just loses its shine. I found a safe and effective natural cleaner that works just as good as those pricey chemicals you can buy in the store. You’re going to need a few things:
-a few rags
-4 tbsp baking soda
-One qt water
First, You’re going to want to want to put some of the vinegar on a cloth and rub it all over the steel. Doing this will remove any spots and prepare it for cleaning. Next, mix the baking soda with the water until it’s a spreadable paste. Rub the paste onto the steel with your cloth. Wipe the paste off of the steel with a towel until it’s completely gone and then go over it one more time with the lemon juice. Once you have done it this way it will remove limescale buildup.
Clean the Microwave with Lemon.
We’ve all had that hard, baked on food stuck to the inside of our microwaves. That can be a real nightmare to get off, and nobody wants to put harsh chemicals in the microwave. Well, now you don’t have to. Mix 3 tbsp of lemon juice or a slice of lemon in 12 ounces of water and heat it for 5 minutes in the microwave. The steam will loosen the baked on grease and make it easier to get those food bits off.
Deodorize your garbage disposal.
If your disposal starts to get a little smelly, just cut a lemon into 1/8’s and throw it in your disposal while running water.
We hope these tricks will help you in the future. Leave us a comment if you like what you’ve read and these tricks helped you.