While I am by no means living the extreme eco lifestyle, I just don’t love the idea of eating a sandwich off a pine-scented countertop or pouring a half litre of neon liquid down the drain every time my kitchen sink needs a good scrub. When I moved into my new home two years ago, I vowed to try my very best to eliminate unnecessary chemicals and toxins in my daily routine wherever possible, so I set out to rid my place completely of commercial cleaning supplies. That’s right – no wet wipes, no bright blue liquids, no foaming sprays of any kind. I now clean from top to bottom with nature’s best cleansing agents: salt, lemon, vinegar and baking soda. The power of these natural products would amaze you, taking care of even the toughest cleaning jobs; from barbecues to bathtubs, and dust to diamonds. Try switching your everyday cleaners for even one of these all-natural options and see what you think. They’re effective, inexpensive, and guilt-free.
The book that started it all
Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking Soda is my go-to guide for anything and everything that can be cleaned with these four versatile ingredients. It features hundreds of recipes and tackles any green clean project you could ever think of.
I always keep a bottle of vinegar counter spray stashed in the kitchen along with a microfiber cloth for quick cleanup as I cook and at the end of each day.
Method: mix 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water in spray bottle. Ta-da!
When my frying pans and cookware get icky from repeated use or baked on sauces, this is a great way to clear up oily residue.
Method: squeeze in half a lemon, then follow up with about a tablespoon of baking soda and scrub with a soft sponge.
Toilet and Sink Cleaner
The satisfying fizz of this mixture will let you know you are getting a deep clean in things like sinks and toilets.
Method for sinks or bathtubs: sprinkle a layer of baking soda all around, let sit for a couple of minutes. Pour vinegar all around and watch the mixture bubble up. Grab a sponge and get to scrubbing.
Method for toilets: pour 1/2 cup – 1 cup of vinegar in toilet bowl, let sit for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle in baking soda to get the bubbles working. Scrub with toilet brush.
When life hands you lemons, clean the kitchen floor!