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How to get rid of harsh cleaners in your kitchen

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Do you have a few too many cleaners in your kitchen that are used for just certain things that you need to clean?  They just clutter up the area you keep your cleaning supplies, sometimes they are too old for you to get your use out of the price you paid, many are harsh and can cause reactions to the skin, eyes, or respiratory system.

How would you like to save some money, have more room and less clutter, and still be able to clean everything without using harsh chemicals?  You don’t need fancy cleaners – a few basics and will be saving a lot of money and time!

Here’s a few hints that can help:

Still holding on to Grandma’s favorite silver that needs to be cleaned?  No silver polish?  Grab a tube of toothpaste (white toothpaste – not the gel), dip the silver in water, and squeeze some onto the silver, rub in gently with your fingers to make a foam, then simply rinse off the (toothpaste) foam and the tarnish.  Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Baking soda is another great way to clean silver.  Make a paste using a couple tablespoons of baking soda and mix with water to form a paste.  Apply to the silver and let sit for 10 minutes, gently rub into the silver, rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

Has you milk soured?  Soak silver in sour milk for 30 minutes to loosen the tarnish, wash in soapy water, rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Foil can work just as well.  Line a cooking pan with foil and fill with cold water.  Drop tarnished silver into the water for 2 to 3 minutes, remove and rinse off the tarnish.

Scour your countertops with baking soda.  Just sprinkle on the countertops, and using a damp sponge or cleaning rag, clean your countertop clean.  Also pour some baking soda down your sink drain with an equal amount of white vinegar to unclog your pipes.

Club soda is nice to remove stains on cloth napkins and dish towels.  It makes a great soak for stained towels.  Also use for cleaning and shining your stainless steel sink.

Salt is a wonderful mild scouring agent as well as an odor-eater.  If your hands smell of fish or garlic, rub a little dry salt on your fingers to lift the odors right out.  Sprinkle salt on warm spills in the oven; wipe away when the oven is cool.  Add a little white vinegar to salt to clean copper and copper-bottom pots and pans.

Lemon is a mild acid as well as a great deodorizer.  Sprinkle salt on a lemon wedge and use it to scrub and shine your sink.  Use lemon juice to remove fish and onion odors from your hands.  When done, grind the lemon wedges in your garbage disposal to clean the blades.  Clean glass coffee pots from your coffee maker by placing ice cubes in the pot (not a hot pot!), add a few lemon wedges and pour in salt, swish around to remove coffee or tea stains.  Rinse and wash in warm soapy water.  Your pots will sparkle.

Flour combined with white vinegar makes an excellent brass polish.

Mix some cream of tartar with some boiling water (cream of tartar is a mild acid) and you will have a cleaner that will take some stains out of aluminum pots.

If you don’t have vinegar, use ketchup to clean you copper pots. Then wash in warm soapy water.
 
NOTE:  Copper pots and bowls  need to be cleaned BEFORE use as well as after use.  The metal in these pans builds up toxins as they sit around.  Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the pot and sprinkle with a spoon of salt.  If the piece of lemon turns green, that means the pot really needed to be cleaned.  Wash with hot soapy water.
 
Keep a shaker jar of baking soda near your dish soap.  When washing coffee cups or mugs that have coffee and tea stains in them, sprinkle some baking soda into the cup and wash with your dish cloth – removes the stains like magic.

The best cleaner you can have is a spray bottle of 1 cup white vinegar to 5 cups water.  Use for cleaning windows, glasses, use to kill odors in food containers, clean mineral deposits off faucets, remove grease build up from oven walls, greasy stove tops and cook tops, clean floors – both linoleum and no-wax.

Best car wash solution – liquid dish soap, white vinegar and water in the bucket!  You’ll be surprised just how clean your car comes!

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June 10th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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  1. My brother has a blog similar to yours but it is written in Spanish. I like yours better to be honest.

    The Pampered Chef

    17 Jun 09 at 4:23 pm

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