I readily admit that I belong to the cult of vinegar. I believe it can do most things, and those things it can’t can be addressed with a little castile soap. But when it comes to all-natural cleaning, sometimes we can all use a little zing in our routine, little things that make us smack our heads and say, “Why did I not do this sooner?” This list of three all-natural cleaning tips are among my favorites and are sure to be yours, too.
Tip 1. Add a Little Scent
Many of us use clean with a vinegar-water solution, but have you ever considered adding a few drops of essential or scented oil to the solution? Just give the bottle a little shake before you start cleaning and the entire room will smell like your scent of choice rather than vinegar. My personal favorite? Rosemary oil. I add 5 drops per quart of cleaning solution.
For those out there with an interest in aromatherapy, you might be interested in the following:
- rose helps with depression and anxiety
- eucalyptus helps with respiratory illness
- lemon helps with headaches and mood
- peppermint helps with focus and mood
- rosemary helps with focus, memory, depression, and headaches
- lavender helps with depression and stress
- sandalwood helps with respiratory issues and stress
Tip 2. Think Lemon
You might find lemon a yummy addition to your salad dressing, mixed drinks, or roast chicken dishes, but did you know that a lemon makes a great tool for cleaning, as well? In fact, a good lemon can often accomplish more than a bottle of chemicals!
Try cutting a lemon in half and scrubbing your kitchen sink or bathtub with a little baking soda. Not only will everything smell great, but it will gleam like brand new. When you’re done? Give everything a rinse and toss the lemon into your garbage disposal to give it and your whole kitchen a fresh scent!
Tip 3. Disinfect…With Your Microwave
Do yourself (and your family) a favor: before you put that sponge anywhere near a counter, table, or dish, dampen it and throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The heat of the water in the sponge will kill off any bugs, germs, and icky mildew that might be breeding in that hardy sponge of yours. Just make sure to dampen the sponge thoroughly (if it’s dripping wet, that’s great!), otherwise you may burn it. Also, give it another minute or so to cool in the microwave before you go handling it. Don’t underestimate how hot that sponge water can get!
Want another pro tip? After dampening it, toss a drop of oil on your sponge before putting it in the microwave. Your house will smell wonderful in just 30 seconds!
Do you have any natural cleaning tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments section!