Well, okay, we do - but not the typical kind. That’s right, no toilet bowl cleanser, no countertop cleaner or any of those harsh liquids that can be sprayed from a plastic bottle that have scents like “Lemon Fresh” or “Lavender Fields” or come with a "guarantee!". No, neither of us have any allergies to chemicals or scents. I just really, really don’t like using some chemical concoction to clean my house – we’d been cleaning for thousands of years before Clorox came around, right? How ever did they manage?
Well there are a thousand
Of all the amazing things that mother nature gave us, I have my favorites, I do: baking soda and vinegar.
It's true, all true: I honestly can’t imagine living my life without these two. They’re like my right-hand (wo)men, my maids of honor, my best friends who I am constantly learning new things about. Miracle products. But what can they do? Oh, it's more like what can’t they do!
So I have to share this with the world, because I can’t get enough of this stuff. Here are a few (of the many!) ways that you can use baking soda:
- Dilute with water and use to clean marble countertops
- Put a cup in your toilet bowl and leave it for an hour. Presto change-o!
- Use it to clean any porcelain surface (bathtubs, sinks, ovens, etc.)
- Spray a water-baking soda mixture on your mirrors to make them sparkle
- Add it to your laundry to keep your clothes extra clean
- Remove rust by using baking soda as a scrub
- Place silver and gold jewelry in a damp rag with baking soda and gently rub. Sparkly!
- Use it as toothpaste (and it lightens teeth over time!)
- Some swear by its acne-reducing powers when used as a facial scrub
- Use it in place of dish soap to remove grease from pots and pans
- Wet clothes or dish rags been out too long? Throw baking soda in the wash with them to remove the smell
- Apply it on rashes, bites, or skin irritations – it will calm the skin
- Wash your fruits and vegetables with it
- Put it in your kitty litter box to absorb those icky smells
- Use it as shampoo or add a tablespoon to a nickel-sized dollop of shampoo to extend the life of your favorite shampoo (!) <--- my favorite!
- I learned that cats do NOT like vinegar, so it’s a great deterrent if your kitty likes getting into places and things he shouldn’t. Just dab or spray it around the area. (err... not the litter box!)
- Polish anything chrome with vinegar, it’ll make it shiny!
- It can be used (diluted) as an after-shampoo wash to leave your hair shiny
- Gargle with water to relieve a sore throat or to cleanse the tonsils
- Use vinegar as a laundry fabric softener. It also brightens colors! <--- my favorite!
- Vinegar and salt (to form a scrub) will get rid of coffee stains on cups
- Eggs won’t crack if you add some vinegar to the water you boil them in!
- Pour vinegar down sink drains and flush. It breaks down gunk and keeps things smelling clean.
- Boil water and vinegar in the microwave to loosen up any splatters inside
- Clean your (eye)glasses with it
- A small bowl of vinegar will cleanse the air of a smoky room
How do you use baking soda and vinegar? Please share! :-)