Making Paste

cleaning paste

There are all sorts of pastes one can make when cleaning.  These are good for tubs, toilets, ovens, and anywhere in between. You want to let them sit for a couple of hours to lift the gunk.  If using on the oven wait 6-8 hours.  Vinegar is good for glass as it will leave a streak-free shine.  To boost the abrasive action just add kosher salt.   Here are a couple techniques you may wish to try.

1.)   You will need:

1 tablespoon liquid soap
1 1/2 cup aluminum-free baking soda
1/4 cup organic white vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar)
Water as needed to make a “paintable” but thick paste

 2.)   Simple 50/50 ratio of baking soda and water will work just as well.

3.)   1 part baking soda, 1 part lemon juice

4.)   1 part baking soda, 1 part vinegar

Add ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well.  Mix until it has the consistency of cake batter or glue.  Paint on covering entire surface then let sit for a couple of hours.  Wipe off.

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Sparkly Appliances

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Toilet:  Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice in toilet bowl and 1 cup of borax or washing soda.  Let sit for an hour. Make a paste with baking soda, coarse salt, lemon juice, or vinegar.  Rub onto toilet with the half of a cut lemon and scrub around edges.  Throw away lemon when done and use a wand to clean inside toilet bowl.

Oven:  Put a heatproof dish filled with water in the oven.  Turn on the heat to let the steam soften any baked on grease.  Once oven is cool apply paste of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar and scrub.  This paste can be used on stovetops as well.

Clogged Drains:  Try pouring a cup each of baking soda and vinegar down the drain and plug it for 30 mins.  After the bubbles lie down, run hot water down the drain to clear the debris.

Bathtubs:  Try spraying peroxide on tub, then sprinkle some baking soda and add a little bit of dish soap.  Cut a lemon in half and  use as pad to scrub.  You can sprinkle a little bit of water to tub while scrubbing to make it easier on scrubbing.

Microwave:  Fill a microwave safe glass or bowl full of water.  Add a tablespoon of vinegar to water.  Place inside the microwave and run it for 5 minutes.  The steam will loosen up dried gunk.  Remove dish and wipe down microwave.  You can use the half of a cut lemon to scrub if need to.  Take out microwave dish and wash in sink.

Cleaning Floors Naturally

cleaning floors naturally

Next time you go to clean your floors try these instead.  They require no rinsing afterwards.

General Purpose Floor Cleaner

  •  1 gallon warm water
  • ½ cup white vinegar

(You may also try a ratio of equal part of vinegar and warm water but it may be too strong on some floors.)

The vinegar is a mild disinfectant and will leave the floors with a shine.

Do not use vinegar to clean marble floors as the acidity will scratch it and make it loose its shine.

Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner

  •  ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 gallons warm water

Add together in a bucket with very warm water so baking soda may dissolve.

Essential Oils

  • 15 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 1 gallon warm to hot water

The lemon essential oil is a natural antiseptic and will leave your home smelling so fresh and so clean…

Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish

Not only will the hot water and lemon clean your floors but the olive oil will leave your wood floors with a natural sheen. Just make sure the mop is wrung out very well before applying, then let it dry on its own.

Disinfecting Floor Cleaner

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 1/4 cup of Borax

Dissolve the Borax in a bucket with hot water. Borax is a disinfectant and is good for cleaning up gross messes.

Please note to wring the mop out very well before you begin to use as too much water may end up damaging your floors.

Removing Stains the Natural Way

remove stains from carpetTo Remove  Stains:

– On white items, apply white vinegar or lemon juice to the stained area. Allow to soak in to the fabric then wash as normal.

– For  wine spills on clothes, grab the salt before doing anything else! Dump some salt on the stained area right away, which will absorb a lot of the moisture before it sets. Wash as normal as soon as you can.

– For red wine stains, chocolate or other dark stains that have been there a while, you can try to soak the item in a bowl of glycerine, available from your local grocery or natural store. Soak the clothes for a half an hour and then wash.

– For red wine spills get as  much up as you can with a wash or dish cloth, then quickly pour white vinegar directly on the spot. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse it out with a wet rag.

– If your kids come in covered with grass stains, you can usually get them out by soaking their clothes in either glycerine or  washing soda prior to washing.

– For stains on carpet try pouring some baking soda on spot then pouring vinegar over it and cover.  Let sit for at least half an hour before cleaning it up.

Natural Polishes

natural polishesSilver – Add some water in a pan with a few teaspoons of washing soda, bring to a simmer. Throw in a little piece of aluminum foil, and then dip your silver  into the mix. Pull the item out, dry off, and shine it clean with a rag.

Pewter – Wash your pewter items in warm soapy water (use biodegradable soap!), rinse, and polish with a clean cotton cloth.

Chrome – Try a mixture of diluted distilled water and vinegar instead.

Iron – Can clean them with a damp cloth and some steel wool. Wipe down the item with the cloth, scrub lightly with the steel wool, rinse and then dry.  Rub in a little vegetable oil once it is dry to inhibit any further rusting.

Brass & Copper – Combine a few tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Rub it on and then polish it off.  If your items are heavily soiled, try soaking them in hot vinegar and salt. The shine will start showing up on its own, and once you see it, take the item out and rinse it. You can also rub lemon on brass and copper to get into any grooves that need cleaning…just be sure to wipe it off once it is clean.

To Remove Rust– Sprinkle some salt on the rusty spot and put some lime juice right on top of the salt…but not so much that the salt floats away. You want the mixture to sit right on the rust. Leave it to sit for a few hours and come back with a scrubber and it will scrub away.

To Polish Wood– Make a spray of water, some vinegar and olive oil, and water.  Shake before each use.