Alternative Cleaners: Using Food to Keep Your House Spic and Span

The home cleaning products you find at the store are usually full of harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to your health. Almost every bottle is labeled with the words “toxic”, “poison” or “dangerous” beside the number of the local poison control center. You can avoid these type of home cleaning products by using alternative and safer cleaners that can be found right in your kitchen.

Cola

Included in the list of active ingredients of cola is phosphoric acid and is present in some cleaning products you find at the store. They are great for removing rust from corroded metal. You can either soak your rusty metals in cola overnight and give them a good scrub in the morning, or you can pour a bit of cola on a cloth and rub the metal until the rust is removed. You can also use it to remove the buildup on your cooking pans as well.

Lemon

Lemon is one of the best natural cleaners in your kitchen. It is high in citric acid and has antibacterial properties. Lemon juice with a bit of salt is a great cleaner for your brass and copper items but make sure that they are made of the real thing and they are not just brass- or copper-plated or it can damage the metal underneath.

You can also use diluted lemon juice to clean your cutting board, the inside of your microwave oven and your kitchen counter tops. The antibacterial properties of lemon juice will kill any germs that might be lurking in these areas and contaminate your food.

Lemon juice is also an excellent stain remover. You can soak your stained plastic food containers in diluted lemon juice overnight then scrub it thoroughly to remove the stains the next day. It also removes stains from clothes as well, especially if it is mixed with baking soda or cream of tartar.

Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar is not new to seasoned homemakers. You can get rid of the odors of your garbage disposal by using white vinegar ice cubes. Place them in the garbage disposal and run them with cold water.

White vinegar is also great for cleaning windows and window blinds. Just mix one part water and one part vinegar, dip a rag in the solution and rub the windows and blinds clean. They are also ideal for cleaning grout, tiles and shower doors. Not only will vinegar remove the stains but it will also serve as a disinfectant as well.

Baking Soda

Aside from its use in baking, baking soda is also a popular cleaner and disinfectant as well. A lot of homemakers keep a large box of baking soda in their homes because it is versatile, inexpensive and non-toxic. It can be used to remove bad odors from the carpet: just sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the carpet fibers, leave for a few minutes and then vacuum.

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Baking soda can also be used to clean toys. Just mix baking soda with warm water and rub the solution on the dirty toys. Wash with water right after.

Article was written and published by Ericka who writes content for HomeCoatings a UK based company who specialize in Roof and Wall Coatings to customers throughout the UK.

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