Spring cleaning is around the corner! And we are back with DIY cleaning part 2!
In part one I showed you how to make an all purpose orange vinegar and homemade fabric and upholstery spray.
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OVEN CLEANER. Instead of buying it, just make your own. Just use your orange vinegar and baking soda. Oven cleaner is full of chemicals and the fumes are awful! To see a list of how it affects our bodies, check out the affects of oven cleaner poisoning. I know ovens have a self cleaning setting but this way is more effective in cleaning and costs.
So first thing, remove your oven racks.
If the bottom of the oven is full of grease or has burnt crusty spots, you may want to turn your oven on for about 10 minutes at about 200 degrees. This will help loosen things up. This step is not necessary but if it's been a while since you've cleaned your oven, you may want to try this.
- Turn oven off, and generously add baking soda to oven.
- Then spray to your hearts desire the orange vinegar or you can even use regular vinegar.
- Let sit for about 15-30 minutes (once again depending on how dirty it is - no judgement here!)
- Then use either a cotton cloth or sponge and wipe away. There you have it! A nice clean oven with 2 simple ingredients.
I added a lot of baking soda since it has been a while since I cleaned my oven.
|Keep wiping and rinsing your cloth, until all residue is completely cleaned.|
Next up is how to clean your cutting boards.
How many people actually clean their cutting boards properly?? Cutting boards over time get grooves in them from use. But did you ever think that maybe food particles are still stuck inside them? Most people place their plastic boards in the dishwasher. If you do stop right now! The heat from the dishwasher ends up warping the boards and really you don't want to overheat plastic. The heat will breakdown the plastic and release particles that are not good for our systems. I always like to scrub the boards vigorously after every use and I always let them air dry. One thing I can't stand is a still wet, smelly cutting board put back in the cupboard!! Believe me, it happens in my house, I'm not naming names, but it usually rhymes with schmom, or schusband. sometimes you really need to just clean the crap out of it. So the best way to clean wood or plastic cutting boards is really easy.
What you will need:
- Half a lemon
- Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
Take the board (plastic or wood), pour salt over top and scrub with the half cut lemon. Lemon has great disinfectant properties and the salt really helps to clean inside the grooves. Just doing this alone is good enough. But if you want to go the extra mile, spray the board down with vinegar and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse off with warm soapy water. You could also use hydrogen peroxide to rinse off instead of vinegar. But make sure you always rinse really well. The boards will come out nice and clean and fresh smelling.
The next product that you can go without and make your own is Wood polish. There are many products out there to polish your wood furniture and wood cutting boards. All of them are full of chemicals and fake smells. Plus for the cutting boards, its all mineral oil based. Who wants to eat that? So here is a simple 2 ingredient solution to add the lustre back into your furniture and wood cutting boards.
In a bowl mix the juice of half a lemon with olive oil. You can just eye ball it. Use a cotton cloth or paper towel and basically paint the mixture on the board or furniture. If your cutting board is anything like mine, it may need a couple coats. And that's it! Don't forget your wooden cooking utensils as well.
Other areas to use your all purpose cleaner is also in your dishwasher! Forget about buying a rinsing agent. Just use your all purpose cleaner or regular vinegar. Pour some into the receptacle and continue with your regular washing cycle. I always like to spray some all purpose cleaner on all the dishes before I start. Gives it a little more cleaning power. You will see that your dishes come out spotless.
There you have it, simple ways to clean with all natural ingredients. Saves money and your health! Try them out and let us know what you think!
For more information check out this article on toxic chemicals in our household.