Eco-Friendly Homemade Cleaning Products: The Best Ways To Clean With Lemons, Cooking Oil, And Vinegar

Green living can mean a number of different things — from learning how to make homemade solar panels to using organic fertilizer in your yard and garden.

Living green also has to do with conserving water, energy costs and using those commercial cleaners that are full toxic chemicals that could hurt our animals and children.

Yet, we keep using those cleaners.

But maybe the only reason we do this is because we aren’t aware of how many natural cleaning solutions we actually have in our home.

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Lemons Wipe the Dirt and Grime Away

Instead of using a cleaner that causes you to inhale toxic fumes to clean the dirt and grime from numerous pieces of hardware within our home, why not try using a lemon?

The acid within a yellow lemon can aid in removing dirt and grime while also removing any rust that may have built up due to the chemicals found within the water or from other issues.

Mix a lemon with a little bit of salt and you have an even better all-natural homemade cleaning solution free of harmful fumes. Plus, once the cleaning is done, your house will smell ten times better!

 

Turn Cooking Oil Into Your Own Wood Polish

Ever wondered if there was something else that you could use to polish your wood furniture besides that greasy, somewhat expensive wood polish that you normally purchase?

Well, there is.

In fact, you can mix vegetable oil, olive oil, or something similar with juice from a single lemon to create your own wood polish!

Safely use it on your wood furniture inside your home.

 

Say Bye-Bye to Soap Scum and Tarnish with Vinegar

Vinegar can not only clean up things around the house but can aid in the fight of bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.

It also reduces the growth of mildew and mold.

Use vinegar to clean your drains by pouring the vinegar in, letting it sit for half an hour and then rinsing the drains.

You can also use it to clean the dishwasher by pouring about half a cup of vinegar into the dishwasher’s soap reservoir, and running an empty cycle.

You can even clean your coffee maker by pouring half water, half vinegar into the coffee machine and when the cycle is halfway through, stop it. Let it sit for approximately an hour, then finish the cycle. Once complete, run a few cycles of just water to ensure you clean out all the vinegar; otherwise, you’ll have coffee with a hint of vinegar in the morning!

 

While lemons, cooking oil, and vinegar are not the only green cleaning products you can find under your roof, these are the top three.

Vinegar can clean almost anything apart from marble and wood floors while lemons can clean just about anything in the bathroom and kitchen.

Regardless, with these 3 home essentials, you can have your home spot-free and smelling good within no time without having to use any commercial products that have toxic fumes and chemicals.

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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