Non-toxic Oven Cleaning

Household Tip: Non-toxic Oven Cleaning Keeping baked-on messes in check will reduce the amount of fumes released every time you turn on your oven. But noxious, chemical oven cleaners can be the harshest products in your kitchen because they contain corrosive ingredients that can burn skin and trigger asthma attacks (particularly if they’re in aerosol form). I don’t have an auto clean oven and I am very sensitive to the commercially made oven cleaners.  So guess what – I don’t clean my oven much.   Ewwwwww!  That is until I learned about this more natural and non-toxic trick.

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Homemade counter top and more cleaner.

Household Tip: Homemade counter top and more cleaner. Never waste your money on “antibacterial” cleaners and soaps whose active ingredients have been linked to thyroid damage, water pollution, and the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. Instead, kill germs with this all-purpose vinegar solution. It’s only pennies to make. Homemade counter top and more cleaner recipe:  9 oz of water and 1 oz of white vinegar [a 9 to 1 water and vinegar solution].  Mix well in a spray bottle and get to cleaning. The vinegar is an excellent non-toxic grease cutter.  But if you have handled raw meat or have other nasty messes to clean squirt the homemade cleaner on the surface and then squirt hydrogen peroxide to kill all the germs. [Do remember to do a spot test first to make certain the surface is not harmed by the hydrogen peroxide which is a bleach.]  Or you can put 3-5 drops of organic tea tree oil into the homemade counter top and more cleaner recipe to knock out germs.  

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Non-toxic tile cleaner that works.

Household Tip: Non-toxic tile cleaner that works – spring cleaning time is here. You have wonderful ceramic tile and want it to look clean and shiny, but don’t want the fumes from many harsh bathroom cleaners.  Make your own to avoid the formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene [components of gasoline] in some popular powdered scrubbers. For your own non-toxic tile cleaner paste:  Take 1/2 cup baking soda, Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap [plain, peppermint, lavender or citrus] and 5-10 drops of organic pure essential  tea tree oil.  The tea tree oil is antibacterial and antiviral which makes it an excellent choice for the bathroom.  In a bowl, put the baking soda and slowly pour in the liquid soap.  Stir it until it looks like spreadable frosting, add tea tree oil and mix well.  Scoop paste onto your cleaning sponge and scrub and rinse well.  

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Make your own lemon oil dusting spray naturally!

Household Tip:  Make your own lemon oil dusting spray naturally! The dilemma:  Dust in your hose can be filled with harmful substances: allergens, pesticides, flame retardants and plastics chemicals.  It is important to remove the dust regularly for your health as well as for the aesthetics of your home.  But the commercially made dust cleaners contain air contaminants and hormone disrupting chemicals that are just as bad or worse than the dust.  What do you do?  You can make your own lemon oil duster and use it to remove dust from your home. The recipe to make your own lemon oil dusting spray:   4 Tablespoons lemon juice strained, 10 drops organic lemon essential oil and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.  Put in spray bottle and shake well.  Lightly spray your dusting cloth – I recommend a piece of flannel or old T-shirt cloth – and wipe your furniture or other areas where dust collects around your home.

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More Kitchen Chemistry for your dirty stove top.

Tip:  More Kitchen Chemistry for your dirty stove top. Wiping up spills from the stove top while you are doing the dishes is great.  But what about those burners on your electric or gas stove?  They are usually too hot until much later — often when you have moved on to do something else.  Well it is time for a bit more kitchen chemistry.

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Remove hard water buildup from shower and faucets with what?

Tip:  Remove hard water buildup from shower and faucets with what? When the faucets and the shower head splatter sideways and don’t have much flow, it is NOT time to replace them.  It is time to clean them.  You don’t need harsh chemicals to do this.  Remove hard water buildup from shower and faucets easily with this “kitchen chemistry” trick.

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