So often I forget the many wonders that lie within my humble pantry. Cheap and completely non-toxic, there are few better cleaning agents than the staple ingredients in our food pantries.
My personal favorites: white vinegar and baking soda.
I was reminded of their powers due to two pairs of new jeans I just purchased. I had been hesitating on washing them. I wanted to be able to dry them, to shrink up the legs just a bit, but was afraid the nice deep blue color would fade. Then I remembered the trick of soaking clothes in vinegar to help prevent bleeding and fading. I ran the jeans on delicate cycle (the shortest wash) with just cold water and 1 cup of white vinegar. I then loaded up the washing machine and ran the load as normal, on the regular cycle. After drying, they still looked like new, success!
I also rely on baking soda for the safest and easiest way to clean the oven. Siimply sprinkle baking soda everywhere and mist it down with water. Leave it be, and let the soda do its work. Later, the baking soda and scum wipes off with ease.
I was really excited to find this website on 1001 Uses for Vinegar. So many great ideas … definitely check it out! Some very interesting ideas.
While I was writing this (coincidentally) my husband emailed me a good Consumer Reports article on 7 Ways to Green Clean – and cut costs. I can’t wait to try some of these out.
Now, tell me, do you use vinegar and baking soda for any of your cleaning needs? Are there any other “homemade” cleaners you use? Please do share!!