Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Come Clean: Mindful Cleaning With Natural Ingredients

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The following are just a few of the countless 
examples of ways to use common,natural 
ingredients to clean and maintain your home.   
(Harsh chemicals need not apply)
For Your Home-

Bathtub scrub:
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon
 Sprinkle the baking soda and squeeze the lemon juice into the tub.  Scrub and rinse.

Fruit/veggie wash:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle.  Spray on fruits/veggies and rinse.

Microwave steam cleaner:
  • 1/2 bowl water
  • 1/2 lemon
 Add the lemon to the water and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Wipe the inside clean.

Clean a stained cutting board:
  • 1/4 cup salt
Wipe the cutting board with a damp cloth, then apply the salt.  Let the salt sit for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse.

Brighten yellowed linens:
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
Boil water and add baking soda and salt.  Add linens and boil for 1 hour.
"Forgotten load rescuer":
  • 2 cups vinegar 
To refresh a load of laundry forgotten in the washer, start the washer again with hot water and no soap.  Add 2 cups vinegar.  After the first cycle add the normal amount of soap.

Open a clogged drain:
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 quart boiling water
Pour salt in first, then follow with the baking soda.  Allow to sit for several hours, then flush with the boiling water.

For Your Body-

Remove a splinter:
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  •  2 quarts warm water
Mix the Epsom salt in the warm water and soak the afflicted area for 15 minutes.

Body and face scrub:
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients and apply to wet skin.  Rinse and pat dry.

Soothe muscle aches:
  • 3 cup apple cider vinegar
Add vinegar to a warm bath and soak.

Salt, Lemons, Vinegar and Baking Soda, by Shea Zukowski. Metro Books, 2009.

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