Monday, April 27, 2009

Back To Basics Cleaning #1 . . .

Sunday afternoon I was thumbing through the April edition of the magazine, Real Simple. I found an interesting article about all-natural solutions for making quick work of countless cleaning chores. Today I'm going to share the uses for 3 common kitchen items when it comes to cleaning.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
and clean that grimy faucet or smelly garbage disposal
while you're at it.


COUNTERTOPS: Dip the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda to tackle countertops; wipe with a wet sponge and dry. Don't use on delicate stone, like marble, or stainless steel (it may discolor).

DISHES: To increase the grease cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.

FAUCETS: Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Cut a lemon in half, then run both pieces through the disposal. The lemon cleans it and makes it smell great.

PLASTIC FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS: To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on dishwasher safe items, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place, then wash as usual


Forget your doctor's warnings about excessive salt.
Go ahead: Sprinkle liberally in any room.

ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS: Place the fake blooms inside a paper bag and pour in salt. Close the bag and shake vigorously. The salt will dislodge accumulated dust and dirt.

GLASSWARE: Salt won't scratch the way a scouring pad can. To get our stubborn stains, add some salt for extra abrasion and scrub.

SPILLS IN THE OVEN: If that casserole bubbles over as you take it our of the oven, pout salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven is cool, wipe with a damp sponge.

Sure, it's a bottle of ketchup. But it's also a copper cleaner in disguise.

USE IT TO . . .

Remove tarnish from copper and crass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

Come back next Monday for info on soda, toothpaste, & vinegar. . .

Have a great start to your week!


Becky K. said...

Who told you about the spills in my oven? lol

Great tips!

Shelley said...

These are great! And now I'm going to try that lemon on some of my stained plastic containers that I was about to throw out!

Stacey said...

I'm laughing at Becky's comment because that's the one that caught my attention too. My oven!! Also, I can picture me out there cleaning my front door knob with ketchup today. It really needs it. Thanks for the great ideas.

Mary said...

Great tips for Monday morning.
Now let's see if I will do it today! Ha
Happy cleaning to all.

Cindy said...

Almost nothing compares to the smell of fresh lemon. I have one in the frig now that is just a bit past its prime, so on to the counter and then the garbage disposal!

Barb said...

Carol, wow, great information.

Spills in the oven????? What is that? Ha!!!!


Anonymous said...

I use lemons all of the time but I would never have thought of ketchup. Great post! Thank you.

valerie said...

Wow....who knew these household items had so many uses?
I think I'm going to try the salt tip on my artificial plants.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Patsy said...

Thanks for all of the tips.