- Non-toxic oven cleaner:
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven. Pour just a small amount of white vinegar on top of the baking soda. Turn the oven on 150C for 15mns and then leave to cool. Scrub your oven, wipe clean with warm water and then scrub some more & Wipe some more! Your oven will get clean – and you’ll be able to breathe without gagging on the fumes of toxic chemicals.
- No-streak glass cleaner:
Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle, shake well and use as you would a window cleaner. I use old newspapers to wipe the glass clean and the results are amazing!
- Produce cleaner:
Soak your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of fresh water with ¼ cup of white vinegar. The vinegar kills off bacteria and parasites and removes residue from the surface of your produce. Soak for 15mns and rinse well with fresh water.
- Muli-purpose cleaner:
Check out this recipe for an Orange infused vinegar all-purpose cleaner.
- Bug repellant:
Vinegar is one of those magic ingredients. It cleans, it disinfects, and it even repels ants! Spray vinegar on and around any area that has an ant problem and voila!
If you've tried to remove coffee and tea stains off your cups, you'll know how difficult is is and will have undoubtedly failed! Here is a simple natural trick to try at home: to remove coffee/tea stains from china cups, scrub them with equal parts of white vinegar and salt. Its as simple as that!
When my eldest son was very young, he suffered from a chronic allergy (runny nose and cough) that the Dr's couldn't figure out. We tried removing many things from our home, including the cat, and ran allergy tests on him but they all came back inconclusive. After about a year, I decided to completely stop using all chemical cleaning products in our home (floor cleaner, wood polish, glass cleaner etc...) The results were astonishing and his allergy disappeared in 2/3 days! I now have a very simple cleaning regime for the house and the results are just as good. Windows are cleaned with water mixed with vinegar, all surfaces are cleaned with soapy water with a few drops of added tea tree essential oil. I clean my floors with water,vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint essential oil.
To cleanse the air in your house, you can boil a pot of water and vinegar on the stove with the lid off, let it boil for 30mns and let the steam fill your house. The vinegar will cleanse and deodorise the air.
I often tell the story of my eldest son (now 14) who suffered from what appeared like regular infections in early childhood. He always seemed to have a cold and a cough and was subsequently put on many antibiotic courses to solve the problem. This didn't help and eventually he was diagnosed with a chronic allergy, and the Dr could not identify the cause through the regular allergy testing. After years of suffering, I decided to take the situation into my hands and figure out what was causing this as I did not want him to live on antihistamines. I removed things from our environment that I thought might be causing it, one at a time, and I would wait 2 weeks in between each item to see the reaction. The day that I removed all cleaning products from our home, his allergy disappeared completely in about 3 days, I was shocked! I have not used any chemical cleaning products since that day, my house is just as clean and I am very happy to be providing my kids with a healthy clean environment. Cleaning products are a lot more harmful then you think, make the shift to natural cleaning and feel the difference...the picture below shows a great tip for cleaning drains, you can also click on the link below to get great tips for cleaning your home naturally:
You really don't need chemicals to clean your home...they are the source of many allergies and the harmful chemicals linger in the air for hours and even days after you've used them.
Here is a great homemade alternative for all-purpose cleaning:
Place some orange peels in a jar, fill with vinegar, let sit for 2 weeks and presto, you have a natural all-purpose cleaning solution. Transfer to a spray bottle and enjoy a clean fragrant home.