As-Salaamu-Alaikum (peace be with you)
I am writing today about a well known household cleaner. Well maybe not so well known. I first heard about this after watching a news show several years ago. During the show the reporter compared household cleaners of today, to cleaners of a century ago. Many years ago, people cleaned their homes with “baking soda” and “vinegar”. During a comparison of several popular brands and these two old fashioned cleaners, the old fashioned cleaners either equalled or excelled. I tried it myself and I was astonished. I had an oven top that I could not get clean. I poured some vinegar on and topped it off with baking soda. (You will get an immediate “fizzy” reaction.) I let it sit for a few minutes and then started scrubbing. (Yes, I still had to scrub a little bit.) But the results, WOW, amazing. The oven looked brand new. Then I, (I have to admit) went a little crazy. I cleaned everything in the home. Crayon and marker stains on the wall, greasy residue on the cabinet above the stove, scuff marks on the floor, rust stains on the tub. It worked on everything! Now it is the only product I use to clean my tub.
The best part is that after cleaning the bathtub with these two cleaners, I never have to worry about any chemical residue going into the kids bath! I do rinse the tub, but both of these products can be added to bath water. Both products are relatively inexpensive and easy to find and of course environmentally friendly. I love them, they work well and I feel good about using something healthy to clean my house. The baking soda alone works well with a brillo pad to clean burned food remains out of a pot. And add a little vinegar for added boost. I don’t have a specific recipe but it is inexpensive enough that you can play around with the combination until you find what works best for you.
Let me know what you think and feel free to post any other remedies you would like to share.
I have recently started doing the same. For just a normal multipurpose spray i use a ratio of about 50-50 with vinegar and water and spray. I use bi-carb with vinegar for the tougher things. I’ve been looking around for one of those large plastic salt shakers to make it handy and convenient. Its also great for smelly sink drains…poor in some bi-carb and then some vinegar, get that fizzling and the smell goes away.
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