I am so excited to share another wonderful natural cleaning post brought to you from Anna Aamone from Best Chelsea W11! Anna is the queen of all natural chemical free cleaning solutions which is evident from the other posts she has written for Painted Teacup including:
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Easy Chemical-free Ways to Disinfect Your Kitchen
This week we are in the kitchen, looking for chemical-free ways to disinfect our countertops, sinks, island and even electrical appliances. Stick around and we will show you how to keep your kitchen in tip-top condition without using any of those chemically-laden store-bought kitchen cleaners that do more harm than good. Let’s get to it.
How to Clean Your Sink
Generously sprinkle baking soda over your kitchen sink and add a little bit of water or lemon juice to make a paste. Leave it for about half an hour. The mixture will do its thing. Then wipe down with a sponge and rinse off with hot water. Dry with paper towel. You’re done.
How to Clean Your Countertops and Kitchen Island
One way to go is to use hydrogen peroxide. Simply spray your countertops with the liquid and wipe down with a cloth. If your kitchen island and countertops are wooden, you can opt for white vinegar. For centuries vinegar has been prominent for its disinfecting properties so why restrict its use to solely spicing up your meals? Combine 50% white distilled vinegar and 50% water and you will get the easiest, cheapest and coolest cleaning solution. Spray liberally on your countertops and wipe down. Voilà!
Now, even though some posts suggest mixing hydrogen peroxide and vinegar for an increased disinfecting power, we recommend you to steer clear of mixing those two liquids, reason being it might get dangerous. Combining vinegar and hydrogen peroxide will form nothing more but a corrosive acid – not the kind of a cleaner you would like to use in your home.
How to Clean Your Fridge
Make sure to remove all of the things from the fridge before you get started. Remove all shelves if applicable. Spray the inside of your fridge with an all-purpose cleaner made with a few drops of tea tree oil, 1 teaspoon of castile soap, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and, of course, water. (Hint: you can use this all-purpose cleaner for the inside of your drawers and cabinets, too.) Make sure to mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Plastic is fine, too, but if you want to keep the mixture for weeks, you have to use a glass container, or else your essential oil will react with the plastic. Spray the solution liberally. Let the solution sit and move on to cleaning the shelves. Use dishwashing liquid and a sponge. When they are all clean, let them dry. Then go back to your fridge and wipe it down with a cloth, starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. Finally, put all shelves back to where they belong. This method for cleaning is presented by Best Chelsea W11.
How to Clean Your Floors
For wooden floors, mix together 1 tablespoon of castile soap and ¼ cup of vinegar into 1 gallon of water. Let the ingredients combine and soak your mop into the solution. Make sure to squeeze out excessive water. Clean as always.
For all types of floors, combine a few drops of liquid dish soap (Fairy or Dawn), ½ cup of vinegar, 2 cups of water (warm), ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of essential oils. Here are some suggestions for essential oils to use for cleaning. Again, clean your floor as you usually do. Don’t soak the floor and always make sure to dry after cleaning.
Which natural cleaning recipe will you try first?