Tips for Using Natural Products
Using Natural Products Around the House
- Replace costly bottled fabric softeners with 1 cup vinegar or 1/4 cup baking soda in the washing machine rinse cycle.
- Replace fabric softener sheets by applying 2 to 3 drops of essential oil on a damp washcloth then toss it in the dryer with your wet laundry.
- To freshen the air, place cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, whole cloves and sliced citrus fruit in a small pot of water on the stove. Bring to a boil and let simmer. The scent will be amazing. Replace the water with 2 cups of vinegar and store in a tightly closed jar for 2 weeks, shaking the jar once or twice a week. Strain the liquid into a pump spray bottle or atomizer and spray around the house as needed.
- Clean aluminum pots by boiling 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar for 10 minutes. For non-stick cookware boil 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar.
- Replace Limeaway or CLR with a ratio of 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup water. Allow the item to soak overnight.
- Kill mold with full strength vinegar.
- To remove moisture from the air set out bowls of kitty litter.
- Sprinkle cornstarch on the pages of books to remove mildew. Wipe and shake clean.
- Sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on a carpet spill, allow to sit for about an hour then vacuum.
- Microwave a small bowl of olive oil and use as a hand soak. Add some granulated sugar and scrub away the dry skin.
- Never combine vinegar with chlorine bleach the mixture is toxic. Also, never combine ammonia and chlorine bleach this mixture is also toxic.