10 totally nontoxic deep cleaning recipes
A list of effective cleaners for chemically sensitive people.
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 02:00 PM
You probably already know that you can clean with common kitchen pantry items like baking soda, vinegar and lemons. We found a few new ways to clean with these standard nontoxic cleaning agents. If you've got chemical sensitivities, these cleaning recipes are for you. Check out these 10 safe, nontoxic recipes and enjoy clean air and the chemical-free shine of your home:
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Apply to a wet surface with a cloth. Rinse the surface well after scrubbing.
Chemical-free oven cleaner
If your pie boils over in the hot oven, cover the spill with salt immediately. It will dry to a crusty and easy-to-remove powder when the oven cools down.
Clean and season sauté and frying pans with a simple dry salt rub. Unless there are stubborn burnt pieces stuck to the pan, no need to even add water.
Nontoxic microwave cleaner
Steam clean a microwave with a bowl filled with a sliced lemon in hot water. Run the microwave for five minutes and then towel off with a clean cloth.
Clean and sanitize wood or plastic cutting boards by rubbing lemon juice over the surface, let sit for 10 minutes, run with lemon to loosen stubborn bits and rinse.
Skin-safe silver polish
Clean silver with a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub onto surface, rinse with warm water and dry with soft cloth.
Totally Nontoxic tarnish remover
Gently boil brass in a 50/50 vinegar and water mix to remove tarnish. Boiling vinegar will remove heavy-duty tarnish, or the green residue from commercial products.
Flour and water chrome buff
Clean chrome items with dry flour and a damp sponge, or make a water-and-flour paste to scrub stubborn bits.
Healthy leather cleaner
Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts food-grade linseed oil to clean leather. Rub on the leather and leave overnight. Buff with a lint-free cloth.
Non-stinky varnished wood cleaner
Can't handle oil soap fumes? Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon white vinegar into a quart of warm water. Spritz onto varnished wood surfaces with a spray bottle, and then dry with a cloth.
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