What common pantry items do you use to clean your house? We all have heard of cleaning with lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar and even toothpaste, but what about cleaning with condiments? You may be amazed that in addition to the function of cooking your favorite foods and desserts, condiments like olive oil, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and syrup are also of valuable use around the house. All these condiments can help you keep your home spick and span.
Ketchup has been proven useful in returning tarnished brass or copper items to their shiny state. Apply the ketchup to a rag and rub onto tarnished brass or copper cookware. Let sit for a minute and then rub off gently. Ketchup’s acidity will lift and remove tarnish and give the item that extra shine.
Do not throw away the leftover mayonnaise. Use it in cleaning up wooden items around your house. Rub a dab of mayo on the mark. Let it sit for few minutes and wipe it away with a damp cloth. In this way you will remove crayon or paint marks from your wood furniture. So, next time you are planning to throw away that left-over mayonnaise or ketchup, think again. You can use these condiments in an efficient way.
Oil and Vinegar
Oil and vinegar aren’t meant only for your salad. Vinegar is a versatile product that can do everything. From cleaning your dishwasher to removing wallpaper you can rely on this condiment. Also vinegar can be used to remove burnt-on food stains. You can clean your microwave by combining 1/2 cup distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe mug. Then, microwave for 2-3 minutes and wipe clean. Vinegar can also be used in softening clothes during machine wash. If you want to give your furniture an extra polish mix oil and lemon juice, two parts to one.
Lemon juice is very useful in keeping brass items as new and shiny as they were before. Add salt to lemon juice and rub onto brass pieces. Oil and lemon juice can be combined in a 2:1 ratio. Use the mixed solution to give that extra shine to your furniture.
So, you can make your own cleaning products using oil, salt, vinegar, salt, water, etc. Don’t spend a lot of money on commercial cleaning products that can be even dangerous for your health. Make your own cleaning products using household items. For example, antibacterial soap is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that are harmful for your health. That’s why it’s better to use natural soap or make your own. If you want to make your own soap that’s safe for you and your family, gather the following ingredients: your favorite bar soap, washing soda and borax.
Whiten your teeth naturally without the use of chemicals
Everyone wants white teeth. But no one wants to fill their mouth with dangerous bleaching agents. Do you know that you can whiten your teeth naturally? Mix 1 ripe strawberry with 1 tsp baking soda and spread the pinkish paste on your teeth and leave for 5 minutes.
Homemade Beauty Products
Researches show that women absorb up to 5 pounds of damaging makeup chemicals every year. If you want to stay young and healthy, choose products made with organic ingredients. You can save your money by using condiments like olive oil or coconut oil to care for your skin. Apply them just before bed time and you will be amazed what they can do for your skin.
21 Jul 2012 -11.14 PM
Vinegar. It has no chemicals, and it’s CHEAP.I read that Clorox green prcoudts are nothing but a marketing gimmick. You have to watch out companies are cashing in on the popularity of green prcoudts. Do some research and you will find you can clean cheaply and greenly with the simplest prcoudts vinegar and baking soda are very popular.I read in National Geographic recently that clover was very common and wanted in lawns years ago, until a marketing campaign by a pesticides company convinced Americans that it was a weed. Years ago, my mother cleaned with vinegar what happened? A marketing campaign convinced her that chemicals could do it better. Now we’re at a point where it’s hard to imagine differently.But my floors have never been so clean as when my husband switched to vinegar.ETA I have used Seventh Generation dish liquid. Unlike other dish liquids, it doesn’t contain petroleum. However, this is hard to get in my area (and I would use more petroleum trying to find it than I would save by using it!).