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March MAIDness: Day 12 – Basic Household Cleaners

Pass along this Simple.Home.Blessing.

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So, I went last night to the store and found almost all the items on my list.  There must have been a run on Borax because the shelf where it was supposed to be was bare.  Oh well, I will try to run by another store today and pick some up.  For today’s purposes though, I have what I need.

Today, I am starting with what are the most basic of household cleaners.  Those you really don’t even have to mix up and keep on hand.  These are just pour-and-clean recipes to clean various things in the home.

Drain cleaner/degreaser: Pour equal quantities (about 1/2 cup) of baking soda and vinegar into drain.  Wait for the fizzing to stop.  Wash drain with very hot water (I warmed up the water in a kettle on the stove, just below boiling and took it with me throughout the house).  Make sure to rinse out the sink when you are done.

Garbage disposal/kitchen drain cleaner:  Pour equal quantities (about 1/2 cup) of baking soda and vinegar into drain.  Cover for 5 minutes.  Wash drain with very hot water (from a kettle).  Deodorize the disposal by grinding your choice of citrus peel in the disposal.

Faucets/shower heads: Pour vinegar (you can add baking soda, if you like) into a plastic bag and place over faucet to submerge.  Secure with a rubber band and leave to soak overnight.  In the morning, take a toothbrush and brush away any debris left behind.  Rinse by running water through the faucet/shower head.  NOTE: This does not need to be done more than once or twice a year, if you use the faucet/shower head on a daily or almost daily basis.  But if you have been on vacation for a couple of weeks, this would be good to do before getting into the shower.

Microwave:  Fill a glass bowl with about a cup of water (cold) and a tablespoon of vinegar.  Add a couple of slices of your preferred citrus.  Place in microwave and run at 70% power for 4-5 minutes.  After the microwave turns off, wait for a couple of minutes to open the door.  Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to remove the debris – it should just come right off.

Coffeemaker: Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the coffeemaker reservoir and run the cycle.  Once it is complete pour water/vinegar mixture out. Run the coffeemaker with two cycles of clean, filtered water.

After that list, I have a newfound affection for vinegar and it’s cleaning abilities.  Seems like a good friend to have when the house needs some attention!  Your challenge for today is to pick one of these things that need to be cleaned in your home and do it!  Have fun, see you tomorrow for more green cleaning!


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