All-natural cleaning solutions that really work
Shower doors -
Shower glass doors can be a pain to clean, especially if you don't do it frequently. Wipe with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect the glass from grime buildup.
Avoid clogged drains by cleaning them frequently. A great way to clean them and their pipes is by pouring vinegar down them. Then, after 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
The acid in lemon juice is excellent for removing dirt and rust stains. Combining lemon with salt also creates an effective brightening paste.
Combat annoying lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. In the morning, just wipe with a damp cloth, and you will have a sparkling faucet again!
Cutting boards -
To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half and squeeze onto the surface. Rub and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Scuffed walls -
Erase crayon marks from white walls by applying a baking-soda paste, made of equal parts baking soda and water. Let dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth.
Stained teacups and coffee mugs - Fill with one part baking soda and two parts water, and soak overnight. The next day, rub with a sponge and rinse.
Table salt -
The granular texture of salt makes it suited for scouring. Table salt is the cheapest choice, but sea salt and kosher salt can all be used perfectly.
Oven spills -
If you get any spills when taking out food from the over, pour salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven is cool, easily wipe with a damp sponge.
Compared to a scouring pad, salt won’t scratch glassware. To get out stubborn stains, add some salt when doing the dishes for extra abrasion, and then scrub.
Leather shoes -
To shine your leather shoes, wipe away dirt with a damp sponge, then apply a drop of vegetable oil to a soft cloth and rub the surface to remove marks.
Cast-iron pans -
To combat cooked-on debris, make a scrubbing paste with vegetable oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Then rinse with hot water, and your pans will look like new.
Castile soap -
This plant-based soap efficiently loosens grime and dirt from surfaces. But compared to many other similar soaps, it’s gentler and won't dull surfaces.
You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap and two gallons of warm water.
Stove top and vent hood -
To combat accumulated grease, add a few squirts of liquid Castile soap to two cups of hot water. Apply to the stove top, the burners, and the vent hood.
If you need to wash your car, mix ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap with hot water and rub a generous amount of the solution on your car’s exterior.