Cleaning up with Foodstuff

Most of us know a few cleaning tricks using various foodstuffs, such as baking soda or lemon but there may be some ideas out there that you’ve never tried or even heard of.  I love to read about little tricks of the trade and sometimes do put them to use; assuming I remember!  Here’s a few ideas that I’ve read about and some I’ve actually used.

Baking Soda can be used for many jobs around the house such as cleaning the  stove, refrigerator, laundry and scrubbing sinks and bath tubs.  It leaves everything smelling fresh and clean just as good as any cleanser without scratching surfaces.

♦ It can be sprinkled on a damp sponge to remove grease from the stove top and back splash.

♦ Sprinkle it on your carpets before retiring for the night and vacuum the next day.

♦ Keep your drain pipes clean without using harsh chemicals.  Simply pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down your drain then slowly pour about 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain also.  Let sit for about 30 minutes.  The chemical reaction dissolves grease and other nasties in the pipes.  Rinse with really hot water.

♦ Keep insects at bay; just sprinkle around cabinets and cupboards and other places that insects might run.

♦ Keep an open box in the back of the fridge to help keep it smelling fresh.  Change the box every 2-3 months and pour the old box down the drain.

To clean copper pots, sprinkle with salt and use half a lemon to scrub the salt around.  Add more salt as necessary and you will see the shine coming through.  Rinse off thoroughly and dry immediately to avoid water spots. (I’ve used this method and it really works!)

Do you have a vase or bottle that needs a good cleaning but you can’t reach the bottom?  Pour about 1 Tablespoon of dry rice into the vessel, add a small squirt of dish washing liquid and some hot water.  Swirl everything around so that the rice scrapes the inside of the glass.  (If it’s a bottle with a lid, cover and shake vigorously)  Rinse out with hot water. (This is another trick I use.)

Use white vinegar to clean limescale from your kettle.  Pour about 1-2 cups of vinegar into the kettle along with 1 cup of water.  Flip on the kettle and let come to the boil then leave to sit about 15 minutes.  Pour the vinegar water out and rinse out the kettle.  Add clean water and boil once then pour this out.  Your kettle should be sparkling and ready to make you a nice cuppa!

You can use cola to remove burnt on stains in your pots and pans.  Just pour some into the pot, let it stand about an hour and it should wash out easily.

Clean your ivory keys on the piano with a soft cloth moistened with lemon juice.  Ivory goes yellow more quickly in the dark, so leave the cover up when finished.

So there’s some ideas for natural cleaning with foodstuffs and not with harsh chemicals.

What are your tips for using foodstuff for other than eating?

♥ Terri  ♥♥


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