Save Money, Clean Green! 5 Natural Household Solutions

There are some stains in the bathroom or kitchen that look like science experiments. That’s when you break out the heavy-duty cleaners (and question your spouse’s hygiene). But for everyday tidying you would be wise to have fewer chemicals in your life. Kids inhale it. Dogs inhale it. Why risk it? Your pantry is stocked with products to keep it natural and save money. I say: New year, fresh start.

Clean Green Clinton Kelly

Sprinkle In Vinegar

Vinegar can lightly dress salad greens, but in your cleaning routine it takes on a whole new life. Add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the wash cycle to soften clothes instead of using pricey liquid fabric softener. It will also freshen musty loads of towels (everyone has them, do not be ashamed) and dissolve grease on your stovetop. It also tames the toilet: before you go to bed pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bowl and when you wake up the next day brush and flush. Fresh!

Make Paste

Don’t scratch those pretty appliance surfaces with rough scouring pads or harsh cleaners. Use a concoction of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water to clean. The same mixture can be used to remove stains from clothes. Baking soda also helps to neutralize odors so add a half cup to your next wash.

Craft Balls

Ditch expensive dryer sheets made with questionable chemicals and opt for aluminum foil. Crunch sheets into balls the size of your palm and throw 5 or 6 into the dryer. Clean tennis balls work, too. Like a good masseur, they are reusable and will pummel your clothes silly till they are soft and wrinkle-free.

Steam Clean

Fill a microwave-safe glass (mug or measuring cup) with 2 cups of water and add either 1 teaspoon of vanilla or a few slices of lemon. Run the microwave on High for 5 minutes, carefully remove cup and wipe the sweet smelling interior of the microwave clean.

De-Stink The Sink

Keep the kitchen drain fresh and clear by pouring down several quarts of boiling water to flush out grease. Do double duty by sprinkling ½ cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. Then sprinkle more baking soda in the basin to scrub clean. You will no longer get a whiff of last week’s salmon salad.

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Coyote urine. It’s the reason my hydrangeas actually bloomed this year. (Deer repellent.) And after her thorough sweep of the gardens for chipmunks, it’s what Mary smells like right now. #bathtime Happy Saturday!

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