Natural Cleaning Remedies

A lot of people really enjoyed my earlier post about environmentally friendly cleaning products. Check it out if you haven’t already.

I decided to take it a step further and list some more natural cleaning remedies that you can easily make at home.

Let’s get to it!

Simple Silver Polish

You can easily make your silver sparkle again with just some toothpaste. Use the white toothpaste, not the gel kind, and apply it to your silver with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Scrub it until the tarnish is gone. Rinse the silver with warm water and dry it immediately with a soft cloth.

Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner

Are streaks and fingerprints keeping your silverware and appliances from looking pristine? A simple solution is to put olive oil on a soft clean cloth and wipe it. This method works well for sink stains and just about any shower head that have developed grime. Or you can avoid streaks on your silverware altogether with the next little trick.

Spotless Dishwasher Rinse

Dishwashers work well, but often not well enough. If you would like your dishes and glasses to come out of the dishwasher spotless, then try this. Simply add one cup of white vinegar to the rinse compartment of your dishwasher. Then just run the dishwasher like normal. Voila!

Natural Oven Cleaner

The oven cleaner that you buy in stores is extremely toxic. Why would anyone want to put that where food is cooked? Yuck! I clean my oven with Arm & Hammer baking soda. Sprinkle some inside the oven on the nasty parts, and then spray it with water. To clean the sides of the oven, make a paste with baking soda and water and then apply it. Let it sit overnight and then just wipe it up. You will be amazed at how well this works.

Shoe Deodorizer

Have your shoes developed a funky stench? Don’t worry, I don’t judge. You can rectify this by sprinkling a tiny amount of powdered chamomile inside the shoes every day. Just brush it out before you wear them.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

A natural way to unclog drains is to mix half a cup of salt with half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Follow this up by pouring down half a cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then pour down five cups of boiling water. That should do the trick!

Natural Rust Remover

Sprinkle some salt on the rust and then squeeze a lime over it until the salt is soaked. Leave it on there for two or three hours. Then use the leftover rind of the lime to scrub the residue away. And most importantly, save some salt and limes for Margaritas afterwards!

As always, I hope that these tips and tricks were useful to you. Please let me know if there are any other natural cleaning remedies that you would like to share.