You know I love a good bargain, right? That being said, in the past I have gotten a myriad of cleaning products for free over the years and never really thought about the safety of using these chemicals around my home. Since the birth of my first child I have been slowly ridding my home of toxic chemicals and the easiest place to start was with my cleaning products.
I had been using vinegar and baking soda for years but really never ventured out into the home-made cleaning product world (and it is quite a world) Everyday I learn a new use for an everyday product and am constantly surprised at how well these methods work. The best part it that I still get to save tons of money and I never have to worry about using my cleaning supplies around my kids and pets.
Below are five of my favorites
Cornstarch: If you find yourself with a grease stain on your carpet, pour cornstarch onto the stain and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum. The cornstarch should absorb all the grease and will be easily vacuumed away.
Rubbing Alcohol: Did your child find that Sharpie and decide to draw you a picture on your wood floor or countertop? To erase that permanent marker masterpiece from finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops, try using rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball. The marker should come off without harming the surface.
Coffee Grounds: These make an excellent abrasive cleaner for pots and pans. Grab a handful, scrub and rinse. They also make a great room deodorizer. Place grounds in dish to absorb odors from refrigerators and freezers.
Tea Tree Oil: Make a non-toxic mold and mildew spray by combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray on moldy areas. Do not rinse. This spray can also be used in place of Lysol to kill germs on door nobs, solid surfaces and anywhere around the home that might benefit from an antiseptic spray.
Warning: When using these or any products, always test a small, inconspicuous area before cleaning an entire area and always keep your cleaning products, non-toxic included, out of the reach of teeny, tiny hands.
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