Natural Cleaning Hacks
So you want to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean in your home (especially in your kitchen), but don’t want to pay more at the store for natural cleaning products. We certainly understand. Luckily, there are natural, simple, and cost-effective alternatives that you can create at home to get the job done. All of these solutions are made from ingredients that are likely around your house already. Here are our favorite natural cleaning hacks:
4 Natural Cleaning Hacks for Home
Clean a Dirty Microwave
This is typically a dreaded task, but all you need for this natural clean-up is one whole lemon, some water, and a bowl.
The instructions are as follows:
- Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bowl.
- Slice the lemon in half and squeeze its juice into the water. Then place the halves in the bowl.
- Put the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes to bring the water to a boil.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes without opening the door. The steam will make removing any food gunk much easier.
- Open up the microwave and remove the bowl. Grab a clean towel and get wiping! If there are any difficult spots, dipping the towel in the lemon water will help.
Remove Mildew Smell From Towels/Clothes
If you notice your towels or clothes have a mildew smell, there could be a couple of reasons why. You may have left them in your washer for too long or perhaps you’ve been using too much detergent. Either way, this creates bacteria buildup that produces that mildew smell. Yuck! Don’t worry, there’s a natural solution for this too:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Hot water
The amount of each ingredient will depend on the size of the load you put in the washer. As a general guideline, use 1-2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2-1 cup of baking soda with the load. Run the wash cycle with hot water, but be sure not to include detergent (as you’re trying to remove excess detergent built up in the towels).
Remove Burnt Food/Gunk From Pots
The ingredients for this natural cleaning hack are the same as removing mildew from your towels. This solution works just as effectively in removing stubborn burnt food stuck to your pot. Follow this process:
- Sprinkle baking soda generously along the inside of the pot, fill up it about a third of the way up with water.
- Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat until it boils. Promptly remove it from heat when it reaches its boiling point.
- Let it cool until it’s not too hot to the touch and pour the solution out. Then proceed to clean it with soapy water. For extra tricky cases, repeat the process but add about 1/4 cup of vinegar to the solution.
Remove Stains Using The Sun
Did you know that you have one of the best stain removers for white clothing right in your backyard? It’s true. The sun will remove stains caused by grass, blood, some food, urine, and poop. The sun is especially useful when you have young children in the house. Simply wash your clothing and hang it in the sun to dry. If the stain is extra dark or set, you may need to wash and sun dry 2-3 times for complete removal.
To make drying outside easy, get a drying rack that can be easy stored away when not in use.