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How to Make Vinegar Cleaning Spray (That Smells Good!) | Kitchn. Vinegar is a safe and effective cleaner for pretty much any surface in your house (except marble). Its only downside is being really stinky. After scrubbing down toilets and sinks, I want my house to smell clean and fresh — not like a giant pickle. Infusing vinegar is the perfect way to combine vinegar's natural cleansing and disinfecting benefits with a much more pleasant aromatherapy experience.

This recipe calls for lemon and thyme for a natural way to clean counters and leave a fresh lemon scent. But if lemons aren't your thing, go wild and create your own blend. There are so many ingredients you can use: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, orange peels, eucalyptus leaves, or whatever herbs you have on hand. I just made a batch of lavender-infused vinegar, and it turned out the prettiest shade of purple. Peel the lemons and mix with the thyme: Use a peeler or knife to cut the peel from the lemons and scrape off as much of the inside white part as possible. What You Need Instructions. How To Naturally Unclog The Bathroom Sink — Apartment Therapy Tutorials. A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn't happen too often, but when it does, use this natural formula to remove all the gunk (believe me, you don't want a list of what that "gunk" actually is!)

And get that drain in tip top shape. What You Need Materials 1/2 cup Baking soda 1/2 cup Vinegar Lemon juice (optional) Tools Measuring cups Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. The mixture will bubble and fizz (like the volcano experiment when you were in grade school!) More great tips and tutorials: Cleaning Basics. 14 Ways to Use Coconut Oil at Home. 360º Refresh: 10 Homemade Solutions for A Healthier Home and Body. How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn. I'm here to show you a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke detector funny business.

It takes a little time and some elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to take on this project already in your cupboards. When I first moved into my house, the oven was coated with a suspicious black, sticky grime. It was as if someone had roasted a dozen whole chickens without using a pan. My first move was to run the auto-cleaning setting (which is probably a terrible idea, since our oven is over twenty years old).

What’s the alternative? Here's you you can clean your oven naturally with a little vinegar, baking soda, and good ol' elbow grease! Previous image Next image It's time to clean the oven! How To Clean The Oven What You Need Oven Baking soda Water Rubber gloves Damp dish cloth Plastic or silicone spatula Spray bottle White vinegar Instructions.

10 Natural DIY Citrus Cleaners. Chemicals to Avoid in Household Cleaners. 10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar. Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners. Previous image Next image Baking soda is your best friend in almost all DIY cleaning recipes. Making your own cleaning products for the kitchen is both economical and good for your health. When you're using baking soda, vinegar, and water, you can feel pretty confident that the cleaning you're doing isn't hurting you or the environment. What You Need IngredientsVinegarBaking SodaLemonEssential Oil (optional)WaterDish soap Equipment or ToolsSpray bottleBowlSpongeScrub brushMeasuring spoons Instructions All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Garbage Disposal Freshener Take the pulp from a lemon (preferably one you've squeezed to use for something else) and toss it in the garbage disposal, along with a few thin strips of the peel.

Sink or Stovetop Cleaner Put a 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl. Microwave Cleaner No need to reinvent the wheel. (Images: Stephanie Kinnear) Homemade Spring Cleaning Products. I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of western North Carolina, we’ve been a land under siege. Everywhere you look, on every surface you set something and just about anywhere outdoors you might think about sitting, you’ll find a fine, powdery film. Yes, the season of pollen is upon us. While it’s a wonderful thing, full of benefits for winged creatures and flora of every persuasion, it can and often does plague the homes (and sinuses!) Of humans everywhere. Historically, once spring rolled around and homes both large and small began opening windows and emptying fireplaces and wood stoves of ashes for the last time, a thorough scrubbing of the entire dwelling commenced.

Photography and styling by Jen Altman The full post continues after the jump . . . Glorious Glass Cleaner I want my glass and mirrors as streak- and dirt-free as anyone. Whenever I have a pretty bottle whose contents I’ve used up, I clean it and squirrel it away for potential use later. The Goods 1. All Natural Homemade Cleaners. Clean Up Your Act: All Natural Homemade Cleaners And now we’ll continue the cleaning chit-chat with this handy little homemade cleaner breakdown. When we talked about getting even greener and experimenting with homemade cleaners in year three of YHL, an expert in that very area offered up a few of her favorite formulas. And we jumped at the chance to learn how all natural and totally eco-friendly cleaning materials are easy and effective- and sometimes way cheaper than paying for the more toxic stuff that can hurt pets, kids, people in general and the planet at large.

Here’s what Evan the all-knowing homemade cleaner girl passed along: This has become an obsession for me. If you think of your home as a sanctuary you want it to be not only beautiful but safe for your health! Well Evan, when you put it that way, the toxic store bought cleaners bearing those labels (which can commonly be found on everything from basic toilet bowl cleaners to oven and drain solutions) sound pretty terrible. Cream of Tartar. Window Cleaners. 25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes. Green Cleaners - Shopping Guide. Shopping for green cleaning supplies is as much about what's not included in a product as what's in it. Wishy-washy words like "natural," "non-toxic," and—of course—"green" make it hard to determine what a product is really made of, not to mention how well it works.

Here's a brief guide to what to avoid and what to look for when you're comparing green and not-so-green cleaners. Chemicals to Avoid According to the National Geographic Green Guide, cleaning products can contain potentially harmful chemicals. NG advocates avoiding petroleum-derived chemicals (which can irritate the respiratory system) such as ammonia and monoethanolamine. Dr. The Performance Test Consumer Reports looks at green cleaners from a testing angle, seeing how well they perform in comparison to more mainstream cleaning products. Sustainable Packaging It's not just what's inside the container that determines whether a product is really green; the packaging matters as well. Photo: Caldrea. 9 Nontoxic Cleaners in Your Pantry.