Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Natural Homekeeping

Here's an easy, all-natural all-purpose helper for you.  It's my kitchen scouring/scrubby stuff.  Do you get coffee or tea stains in your cups?  A dirty pan with junk that sticks?  Dirty sink?   I even use it on those fresh eggs that need a little more than a rinsing to get off whatever the hens left on them.
What's in it?  When I started doing this years ago it was just baking soda.  Now, I mix baking soda, some kosher salt and a few drops of lemon essential oil.  The salt gives a little more scrubbing power and the lemon oil just because I love the smell.  I know it does have disinfecting qualities as well, but it's mostly in there just cause I love it.  It makes me smile.  Don't worry if you don't have any.  It's not required.  Just add a few drops, if you have it, and mix it all well.  Too much might make it clump and be hard to shake out of the jar.

Why do I love this?  It's so easy and it works so well!   Just shake it on the wet surface you want to clean and scrub away.  Sometimes, if stuff is really stuck  I sprinkle it in the pan I need to scrub and let it just soak for a bit before scrubbing.  Those tea and coffee stains just disappear like magic!

It's my daily sink cleaner.  When I need to, I spray on vinegar for disinfecting.  And yes, sometimes even I break out the Ajax, but only when I think it's really needed.  For most things, this is enough.

I used a half-pint canning jar.  At first, I just took a canning lid and hammered a
few nail holes in it.  Eventually, Sweetheart upgraded it for me and drilled holes into this cute gingham lid set I happened to have.  (I love gingham, don't you?  It's such a happy thing!)  Really, any jar with a lid you can pierce could be used.  Since this is cute, it just sits out on the counter all the time within easy reach.

Disclaimer:  Do be careful of sharp edges on the holes, especially if you use a nail.  Be smart people.

Let me know if you try this!  Also,  if you're looking for other easy, all-natural ideas, click here!

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Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I have got to try that! I have everything except the lemon essential oil but I have a few other kinds.

When I think of using the essential oils, I always think of Laine's Letters. She liked to put rosemary essential oil in her homemade cleaning products and then added to them in later years.

DJ said...

I don't even own any scouring powder any more. I always use baking soda....but I don't have a cute little dispenser like yours. I will have one soon tho, thanks for the great idea.

Anonymous said...

I use the lids off the parmesan cheese containers. The holes work perfectly for shakers.


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