Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Keep a healthy Home

Most of us are becoming more aware of the chemicals in the everyday products we use around the house and on our bodies.  There are wonderful companies that are making greener cleaner products but some you can make right out of the pantry.

In the Kitchen and Bathroom
White Vinegar is a natural cleaner and deodorizer, it absorbs smells instead of covering them up.  You can clean your produce, counter tops, bathrooms, and floors.  Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle or jar.  I will also add some lemon juice for a nice citrus scent!  When the kids would miss the toilet in the bathroom, I used white vinegar removed the urine smell.  You can scrub white vinegar on the inside of the toilet to remove hard water and scum.
Use Baking soda and white vinegar together in sink to help unclog drains. 
I use salt on my cooking stoneware to clean the surface.  The abrasive works well with all stoneware getting into the pores. 

For the Laundry
Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your washing machine's rinse cycle to soften clothes.  I stopped using commercial softeners a few years ago when I saw they aggravated my sons eczema.  Using vinegar has been very helpful in softening without aggravating his sensitive skin. 
You can use 1 cup of Lemon juice in the wash to whiten clothes.  I love the natural fragrance of lemon! 

House, trash cans, and little box
Have you ever burnt dinner or forgot the cookies?  Yes we all have!  If there is a certain odor in the air you can deodorize the room by leaving 1 cup of white vinegar out.  You can sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the trash can to keep smells down.  I like to wash out the trash can, dry and sprinkle baking soda at the bottom.  This keeps the odors down.  I also use baking soda in my cats litter box.  Every week, I wash out the box, dry and sprinkle baking soda on the bottom.  You can sprinkle some over top of litter as you change and add. 

I love to learn more ways to clean and deodorize the home.  If you have a recipe or use to share please comment below!  Sharing is caring!


17 comments:

  1. I love using natural products :o)

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  2. Thank you for the tips! I need to makes some of these!!!!

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  3. I use a vinegar lemon spray on my surfaces, cheap and works well!

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  4. We use apple cider vinegar as a hair conditioner, http://www.greenlifestyleconsulting.com/search/label/vinegar

    mix 50/50 with water, but don't get it in your eyes!

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  5. Great tips. Vinegar really is so multifunctional!!

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    1. Vinegar is also great in a few beauty products, be sure to stop back by for those.

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  6. I use baking soda for EVERYTHING, especially carpet deodorizer (a MUST with six pets and a baby in the house!). I really want to do some more searching on how to use vinegar more.

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  7. another great post!!! thanks so much. I love using natural, safe, normal products....

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    1. Thank you Clansy. I agree natural and safe is the best way. There where times I did not want my kids cleaning because I was afraid of the chemicals. Now they help with along.

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  8. I had no idea Vinegar could be used for so much!

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    1. Amanda, there is a lot more uses for it, I just wanted to focus on the easiest ways to use.

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  9. Love all these idea! Vinegar is the Bomb!

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    1. It really is :-) I love that it is affordable and something I seem to always have in the pantry.

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  10. I just picked up a HUGE bottle of vinegar for $2 to use in cleaning..love it!

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    1. Awesome! I know I buy the big container at Costco! I love it!!

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  11. I needed to hear this again. Hopefully, it will stick this time. Thanks for sharing.

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