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Unexpected Natural Cleaners You Should Be Using at Home

If you want to dip a toe into the eco-friendly waters of natural cleaners, we fully support you! It’s an easy, economical, and terrific way to feel good about housekeeping.

If you want to dip a toe into the eco-friendly waters of natural cleaners, we fully support you! It’s an easy, economical, and terrific way to feel good about housekeeping. If you’re just a tad tired of the chemical smell of many store-bought cleansers or simply find yourself with a coffee stain on an article of clothing you can’t live without, here are some green tips to help you out. Using some common household ingredients, you can effortlessly (and inexpensively) get rid of stains and eliminate odors.

Pesky Clothing Stains
If you’ve ever found yourself with a coffee stain smack dab in the center of your favorite sweater, fret not. Luckily, you can easily get rid of many types of clothing stains with items you most likely have at home.

  • Tea or coffee: Dampen the stain with hot water and scrub it immediately.
  • Ink: Add rubbing alcohol or hairspray to the stain, then wash.
  • Oil or grease: Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and soak it in white vinegar, then scrub it with dish soap and wash.
  • Wine: Soak the stain in a 1:1 blend of hydrogen peroxide and water, then wash.
  • General food stains: Right before washing the article of clothing, sprinkle the stain with baking soda and spritz it with a 1:1 blend of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Filthy Ovens
Cleaning the oven can seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually super simple to do without the usual harmful chemicals. Combine baking soda and water to create a paste. Using a sponge, scrub the oven with the cleaning mixture that you just whipped up like it’s no big deal.

Burned Pots and Pans
The burn stains on the bottom of your pots and pans are fixable. (Yay!) Add 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar to the bottom of the burned pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add 2 tablespoons baking soda. (There should be fizzing!) Empty the pot and scour until clean.

Tubs and Other Scummy Things
For tubs, toilets, and other scummy surfaces, try making a simple scouring mix. Combine 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax—a natural mineral commonly found in earth-friendly cleaners.

Disinfect All the Things
Instead of your usual all-purpose spray, try whipping up this natural blend for cleaning windows, floors, and other surfaces. Place some citrus peels in a jar or other container. Pour over white vinegar and let it sit for a few days, then drain liquid and use it as a natural disinfectant.

Smells Great In Here
Create a simple air freshener using water plus a few naturally aromatic ingredients. We like sliced lemon, rosemary, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger root—go with the combination you like best. Place four cups water in a medium pot, add fragrant ingredients of choice, and simmer for about 5 minutes—being sure not to let all the water evaporate, of course.

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