Here are a load of easy cleaning tip for busy families that help you to avoid using toxic chemicals.
Vinegar has many household uses other items from your kitchen
1. Add a few tablespoonful of vinegar to dishwashing detergent to cut the grease and leave dishes sparkling.
2. To clean the coffee maker, pour straight vinegar into it as if you are making the coffee minus the filter. Turn coffee maker on as if you were making a pot of coffee. Repeat this with a new batch of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.
3. Shower curtains can be refreshed by being washed on the gentle cycle with a pint of white vinegar.
4. Remove perspiration stains in clothing by soaking in warm vinegar and water.
5. Children's stickers can be removed from wood by applying white vinegar to the sticker, letting it soak and then scraping off.
6. To disinfect smelly sponges, wash sponge thoroughly, then microwave it while it is wet, for a short period. ALWAYS place a cup of cold water next to the article to absorb the heat and microwave on high until the water is steaming. Remove carefully as it will be extra hot. Microwaves can also be used to emergency disinfect clothes (if you are worried about head lice etc) but make sure that nothing you put in the microwave has any metal components!
7. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can to remove odor producing mold and bacteria.
8. If you get a build up of grime on shower doors, wipe with lemon oil. This also keeps doors protected longer from future buildup.
9. Use cooking or salad oil for lubricating non-essential mechanical things like hinges, tools etc. A light coat of oil will keep tools from rusting and avoids the need to use expensive and toxic chemicals like WD etc.
10. Normal rubbing alcohol can be poured straight on to ceramic tiled floors and swished around with a mop until dry. Good ventilation at the time of application is essential.
11. A lemon that is starting to go off can be cut into quarters and run through your sink disposal to freshen and clean your drain.
Bathroom toiletries can also come in handy
1. Removing crayon from walls by using a damp sponge and Colgate toothpaste. Rub carefully.
2. Use shampoo to rub on to dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars. Rub the shampoo in just like you were washing your hair and this works because shampoo is made to remove body oils. Try for other stains too – keep a bottle of shampoo next to the washing machine.
Use different oils for these useful items
1. Air Freshener: 20 drops lime oil; 14 drops bergamot; 4 drops Ylang Ylang; and 2 drops rose. Mix with about 90 mls water and put in a spritz bottle.
2. Bath and shower scrub: 1/2 cup baking soda; 10 drops tea tree oil; 10 drops lavender and 10 drops geranium. Mix and use with a damp sponge or cloth.
3. Kitchen sink scrub: 1/2 cup baking soda; 1/8 cup vinegar; 5 drops lemon oil; and 5 drops orange mixed together with give stainless steel surfaces a shiny and fresh appearance.
4. Make your own furniture polish with a concoction of 1 tsp olive oil, juice of a lemon, 1 tsp whisky or brandy, 1 tsp water. Mix together and rub on furniture with cloth, buff for a deep shine.
Many of these tips will save you time and money and are safer for your environment.