Once upon I time, I believed that the best, most effective household cleaning items came from the store in their chemically filled bottles. I’m pretty shocked to say this, but I’ve recently learned (by trying them out myself) that the all natural products actually work better and are cheaper. It all started when I admitted to my mother that we hadn’t cleaned our oven since we moved into our home 4 years ago. I know, I know, GROSS! I guess it just never crossed my mind. This embarrassing tidbit came after my mom told me that she actually burned her lungs while cleaning her oven with an oven cleaner. She even had a mask on. This scared the heck out of me and I immediately started looking for all natural cleaners for my home. I found a homemade option that was a mixture of Washing Soda, Baking Soda and water. I covered my oven with it, let it sit overnight and in the morning I wiped it off. Yes, I WIPED it off, no scrubbing here. It cleaned my horribly filthy oven naturally, safely and easily. I was super impressed. Plus I wasn’t putting crazy chemicals into my oven where my food goes. How gross!!
Ok, so long story short is that this completely inspired me that natural ingredients are safer, greener and sometimes more effective than store bought chemical cleaners. So now I’m going to start sharing with all of you the Green cleaning options I find along the way. Hopefully they help you and keep your family healthier.
I recently noticed that my bathroom sinks were draining slowly. Previously we’d load them up with Drano and pray that they worked without eating away at our pipes. Finally, another natural cleaner option! I found this handy recipe over at Tidy Mom that unclogs a drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar. Right up my alley. Here’s what you need to do:
- Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
- Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain (I use a plug or set a plate over it – you want to keep everything inside the drain)
- Leave everything to sit and work for about 30 mins (don’t use the sink during this time)
- After 30 mins, remove the cover and let hot water run through the pipes for about 2-3 mins.
- for really tough clogs you may need to repeat – but I find if I do this on a regular basis (about once a month) it keeps my drains clear and fresh with out any problems.