Many of our cleaning product not only kill germs but their are also sapping our immune systems leading to…well, don’t get me started on that one!
Laundry – Lemons are natural bleaching agents that can help brighten white linens and clothing. Add ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle to brighten whites and give them a fresh citrus smell.SALT- Good old-fashioned table salt can be used as an abrasive cleaner. Better yet, use Sea Salt for an extra ‘energy’ clearing.All-Purpose – Abrasive coarse salt can help remove stains, caked-on food or mildew on stovetops and in bathtubs, or anywhere scratching is not a concern. Mix baking soda with salt to whiten while scrubbing away grime.Kitchen – Salt works well on pots and pans with caked-on food. Soak pots and pans with 3 Tablespoons of salt in a couple inches of water. The mess should come off with ease. Scrubbing cast iron pans with salt cleans the pan without removing the seasoned finish.
All-Purpose – In a reusable spray bottle, mix 15 drops of tea tree oil with 1 quart warm water for a multipurpose cleaner. For a more powerful antiseptic spray for areas that need specific attention – such as toilets – use 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water. The more potent mixture also works well on mold; just spray on the moldy area and don’t rinse. Although discoloration might not disappear, the mold will be killed.
Laundry – To disinfect heavily soiled laundry such as cloth diapers, add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to each load of laundry. This will help prevent bacterial and fungal infections. Wipe the inside of front loaders with a soft cloth dowsed in either Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil to remove the mold and mildew that accumulates. Leave the door open between loads to allow the moisture to dissipate so as to not harbor growth of mold and mildew that gets translated into your clothing. (don’t forget the soap dispenser area too.)
BAKING SODA– Baking soda absorb odors, but it can also dissolve dirt and grease in water. Like vinegar, baking soda has a wide variety of uses. I love Vicky Lansky’s The Baking Soda Book
Use baking soda anywhere you need deodorizing action – especially in the refrigerator or cupboards. You can also control garbage-can odors by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of the can and into each new garbage bag.