Cleaning the house...naturally!

20 March 2020
Baking Soda
For the toilet:  Dump a cup of baking soda into the toilet and let it soak for at least an hour. Pour in a cup of white vinegar, leave for five minutes and flush.
 
For the oven: Make a paste with baking soda and some water on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and wipe off for a shiny, chemical free oven.
 
For the trash can: Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into the trash can once a week to help absorb odors.
 
For your closet: Keep musty smells at bay by placing an open box or small glass jar of baking soda on a closet shelf.
 
 
White Vinegar
For the kitchen sink: Use a 1:1 ratio of diluted vinegar and water and store it in a spray bottle. Spritz and disinfect the kitchen sink, counters, or any other spots that you'd normally use bleach. To counteract the vinegar smell, you can use soapy water to rinse the sink afterward.
 
For the floors: Mix 1:1 vinegar to water and mop the floor. This will protect your floor from too strong concentration of acidic vinegar and will help lift off any grease or dirt.
 
For stainless steel pots and pans: If you have a particularly gnarly-looking stainless steel pan that won't get clean, boil together water and vinegar for a few minutes. It will dissolve grease and get rid of any weird stains or water spots. If it's really dirty, you can go longer. The more vinegar you use here, the more quickly the cleaning happens. Then dump the vinegar mixture and wash as normal with soap and water!
 
For the refrigerator and freezer: Use a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar to scrub the inside of your fridge and freezer.
 
Olive Oil
For leather furniture:  Pour a very small amount of olive oil onto a cotton cloth and rub it into the scratched leather furniture in a light circular motion.
 
For rattan furniture: To help keep rattan furniture from cracking, gently rub some warm olive oil into the furniture with a soft cloth.
 
For cast-iron pans: Make a scrubbing paste with olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with hot water.
 
For water rings and scratches: Use a slightly warm olive oil to cover small scratches and water rings on your wooden furniture. Apply the oil with a soft cloth and then buff with a dry cloth.
 
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