Lemons are anti-bacterial and anti-viral, helping to kill germs and viruses that lurk in your homes and make your sick! Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It breaks down many types of stains and also kills germs and bacteria. Ever since I learned about these ‘tricks’, I’ve never bought anything else to clean my home! (Except for maybe baking soda.)
Recently, I wrote on the dangers of cleaning products. Instead of buying products that are either:
Harmful for the environment and your home or
Super expensive and ‘green’
Why don’t you try using a couple items that you already have at home? They’re cheap too!
Here are 13 ways you can use these two simple items to clean your home in a safe manner!
Clean Your Cutting Boards: To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing
Clean Your Dishes: To increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Clean Your Faucets: Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.
Clean Your Hands: When you touch raw fish, the smell can linger on your fingers. Rub your hands with lemon juice or vinegar, which will neutralize the odor.
Clean Your Mirrors: Add 1 part water to 1/2 part vinegar to a spray bottle. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon. Spray on mirrors and wipe clean with a paper towel or newspaper.
Clean Your Counters: Add 1 part water to 1/2 part vinegar to a spray bottle. Add the juice of 1 lemon. Spray on counters and wipe clean with sponge or towel.
Clean Up Spills On A Carpet: Use a sponge or cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Then spray with a mixture of half vinegar, half water. Let stand for about two minutes, then blot with towel or sponge. Repeat as needed.
Clean Floors: Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon water. Add the juice of a couple of lemons.
Cleaning Shower Heads: To remove corrosion or chemical build-up from shower heads, soak in vinegar overnight.
Cleaning the Toilet Bowl: Remove stains from the toilet bowl by spraying with vinegar and spraying.
Prevent Mildew: Spray shower walls and shower curtain with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar to help prevent mildew.
Remove Stains from Clothing: Many persistent stains can be removed with vinegar: coffee, chocolate, ketchup, jam, cola, wine. Gently rub stain with vinegar, then wash.
Freshening up Cloth Diapers: For fresher cloth diapers, add one cup distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle. This will break down uric acid and remove both lingering stains and scents.
These ideas work! Trust me. There are plenty of resources out there for additionally all-natural cleaning solutions. One of my favorite books is “Home Safe Home” by Debra Lynn Dadd. Her book is what started me on my natural health and cleaning journey. I cannot recommend it more highly! :)
Erin Schumacher is a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP; CHNP) She specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Erin is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit ErinSchumacher.net.