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Edible cleaners come to the rescue! – Part 2

Homemade cleaning solutions from your pantry

There are plenty reasons why it is a good idea to reduce the number of chemical detergents you are using at home – you will improve your and your beloved ones health, the indoor air quality and of course, you are helping the environment. You may already know that there are cleaning products at your house that are safe enough to eat – below there`s a list of few more foodstuff you can effectively use for your house cleaning procedures!

  • Cornmeal – you should definitely keep a pack because it can help you to remove grease stains. Cornmeal is really absorbent and can effortlessly absorb grease even on light-coloured fabrics and upholstery. Sprinkle enough to cover the area and let it sit for about half an hour. You can use your vacuum cleaner to easily remove the excess. Did you know that you can make a homemade dry carpet cleaner using cornmeal? Calling professional carpet cleaners is always a good idea but try this method first. You will need half a cup of cornmeal, half a cup of cornstarch, a cup of baking soda, 3-4 bay leaves and a tablespoon of whole cloves. Put the ingredients in a blender and make a powder. Sprinkle generously over your carpet and leave it for a couple of hours or better overnight. Vacuum your carpet afterwards – you will be left with refreshened and clean carpet you have achieved using eco-friendly cleaning product.
  • Bread – as white bread is highly absorbent, the best way to clean your precious paintings is to us a piece of it – it will attract matters such as grime and dust without leaving any residue. Dab over the piece to pick up the dirt and your cherished watercolour painting will be refreshed in no time.
  • Hot sauce – brighten your dulled copper by rubbing some hot sauce on it. Wipe with a soft cloth and rinse generously. For extra polish you can give it another rub afterwards – how do you like your shiny copper now?
  • Banana skins – well, they are not actually edible but still when you are done with the yellow fruit don’t dispose its skin. If you have a pair of leather shoes that are dull and scuffed, rub them with the inside of the banana peel – it consists of sulfur and nitrogen atoms and carboxylic acid and when combined act as a natural cleaning agent. Most of the store-bought shoe polishes contain potassium which bananas also have. Wipe any banana residues afterwards and buff with a soft cloth for extra shine.

Homemade cleaning solutions made of food

  • White wine – little did you know that you can clean dreaded red wine stains with white wine. Spray some on the spot and blot with a clean cloth to absorb the spill. Or call the carpet cleaner professionals and drink your white wine – it’s up to you.
  • White vinegar – you have definitely heard of the cleaning properties of white vinegar. With its help you can achieve almost the same impeccable results as the professionals in domestic cleaning. You can disinfect surfaces, clean grease, remove stains and sticky residues. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and pour the solution in a spray bottle – spray any surface at home and wipe them off. You should only be careful with marble, stainless steel and particular wood polishes as it may damage them. For pretty much any other surface white vinegar will do cleaning miracles.
  • Grapefruit – you can clean your greasy oven and the whole bathroom with a grapefruit cut in half dipped in salt. You definitely know about the cleaning power of citrus – most of the commercial cleaning products contain grapefruit extract. You can even make a homemade grapefruit cleaner – you will need peels of 2 small grapefruits, 2 cups of white vinegar and few drops of tea tree oil. Place the peels in a glass jar and pour the vinegar to cover them. Let the mixture sit for about a week in dark and cool place. After that pour the solution in a spray bottle and add the essential oil – you can safely use this on countertops, tubs and tiles.
  • Salt – you can now simply remove burned-on foodstuff from pots, pans and oven tops – sprinkle some salt over and wipe with a damp cloth. Salt is also great for cleaning sink drains – pour a solution of salt and hot water down the drain. By doing this you keep your sink from grease build-ups. In order to remove water rings on your favourite coffee table you can gently rub a paste of olive oil and salt on the spot – it will polish the wood and remove the marks. Salt can even help you to clean blood stains from your clothes made of natural fibers – cotton and linen, for instance – soak the cloth in cold saltwater and then wash in soapy water. As salt is abrasive you can efficiently scrub coffee and tea stains from your cups. Using a mixture of salt, cream of tartar and just a little amount of water to form a paste, you can clean rust. Rub on the damaged area, let it dry and brush it off. Buff with a dry soft cloth afterwards.

So what do you think about all the edible cleaners hiding in your kitchen? Isn’t it amazing how you can fight stains and dirt with products you can eat? Do not hesitate but try them out – it is worth it to toss all toxic detergents and start living a greener life!

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