10 Surprising Natural Cleaners You Didn’t Know About
Learn about ten of the most surprising cleaning agents that can be found right in your own kitchen.
Next time you have some major cleaning to do check out your very own kitchen for some of the safest and most effective cleaners around.
- Freshen your linens with vodka. Mix one cup of distilled water with one cup of vodka and a few drops of lavender. Spritz you linens between washes. Vodka is a disinfectant yet it dissipates quickly, leaving only germ-free, fresh linens behind.
- Polish wood furniture with tea. A spray bottle consisting of one cup of cool teal with one cup of water, makes a great natural cleaner for wood. Lightly mist a microfiber cloth and dust away. The tannic acid found in tea is also found in wood allowing tea to bring out the woods natural luster.
- A banana peel is great for polishing shoes. Yes, I said a banana peel. Rub it over leather shoes that have scuffs or salt marks then grab a clean cloth and buff away. The banana peel is rich in potassium which is a key ingredient in shoe polish. It also provides the added benefit of softening the leather.
- Make silver sparkle with water and baking soda. Use aluminum foil to lien a glass bowl and place your silver jewelry on top. Dusts with a couple of tablespoons of baking soda then pour warm water over, submerging the jewelry. Rinse. The baking soda and water clean the jewelry while the aluminum foil traps tarnish.
- Ketchup does wonders for brass and copper. Squeeze it onto a cloth and rub and you will see them return to their coppery color within minutes. Rinse with warm water and allow to dry.
- Have any thin-necked bottles or vases with no idea how to clean them? Try rice. Fill the item about three quarters of the way full with warm water and add a tablespoon of uncooked rise. Cover the top and shake vigorously.
- Hydrogen peroxide is great for disinfecting you keyboard. Use a cotton swab to get into every nook and cranny.
- Grease spills on the carpet are easily cleaned with cornstarch. Pour a little over the spots and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.
- Rubbing alcohol can remove permanent marker stains from wood floors and other solid surfaces.
- A can of coke is great for cleaning your toilet. Pour it around the rim, covering the entire interior of the bowl. Let it sit for 1 hour then use your toilet scrub brush to get those stubborn stains before flushing.