Sunday, March 29, 2015

Three Easy All Natural Cleaning Recipes for the Home

Victorian woman cleaning her home
Alright housewives, one of my most hated tasks is having to buy and use chemical cleaners for the house, like Scrub Free or Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. So I basically have replaced these harsh solutions with my own natural cleaning recipes, inspired by Victorian housewives.

The recipes utilize ingredients that are already multi-purpose for the household and you can pronounce them too! They are better for you and the environment as well. I hope you find the recipes useful!

These all natural cleaning recipes are for wood furniture polish, metal sink stain remover, and bathroom surface and toilet bowl cleaner.

Wood Furniture Polish
There is nothing that says "proper housewife" as nicely as showing off shiny, old-fashioned wood surfaces in your home.

What you need:
  • Duster
  • Coconut oil (about 1 tsp. per furniture piece, or 1 tbsp. for larger pieces like dining tables or a hutch)
  • Clean rag
  1. Dust surfaces of wood furniture.
  2. Eyeball the teaspoonful measurement you will need for your furniture item and dab it on in smaller pieces on the item.
  3. Rub with rag in a small circular motion over each dab, slowly expanding out of each dab until the whole surface looks polished.
Next ...

Victorian ladies at the kitchen sink
Metal Sink Stain Remover
This recipe is designed to clean your metal kitchen sink from those stuck-on stains that build up over weeks and months washing dishes and constant use.

The biggest culprits are often leftover coffee, tea, and acidic sauces poured into the sink. But you can get rid of these stains without using harsh chemicals!

What you need:
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Rag

  1. Wash sink out with soap, hot water, and rag. Rinse.
  2. While your sink surface is still hot and wet from running hot water on it, sprinkle baking soda generously over the stained surfaces.
  3. Wait five minutes.
  4. Moisten scrubber sponge with hot water and scrub sink in a slow circular motion, expanding out as you go.
  5. Moisten scrubber with hot water as needed to adhere with baking soda for efficient sink cleansing.
  6. Rinse sink out.

Finally ...

Natural cleaning recipes for the home
Bathroom Surface and Toilet Bowl Cleaner
My least loved chore is cleaning the bathroom, but oh how sparkling your house is when this room is clean!

What you need:
  • Spray bottle filled with vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Cleaning gloves

  1. Put on gloves
  2. Spray bathroom sink, shower, and floor tiles with vinegar. Let sit for five minutes and wipe clean.
  3. Spray toilet surfaces and inside bowl with vinegar. Let sit for five minutes and then only wipe outside surfaces clean.
  4. Pour some baking soda into the toilet bowl and scrub with toilet brush. Flush when done.
  5. Scrub shower and bowl of sink with a scrubber sponge moistened with hot water and baking soda. Rinse clean.

Please note that once you wipe vinegar dry you can no longer smell it.

It really is as simple as that. Let me know in the comments if you have any cleaning tricks of your own!


Anonymous said...

I have a tip but it doesn't belong to the "organic" cleaning.
Take one bucket, fill it with water (5 l) and dissolve
one or two denture cleaning tablets in the water.
Use the solution and the microfibre cloth for cleaning.
I use this solution for tiles, sinks, window frames (white plastic)
and kitchen (coated surface).

Mrs. K

Catherine said...

Mrs K,

Thanks for this tip! I think I will try this. It sounds economical and still somewhat natural. Matter of fact, I think I need to get busy with some tile cleaning with a toothbrush. I don't need any pesky build-up!



Anonymous said...

You're welcome! Please let me know how it worked.
Mrs. K

Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode said...

Thanks for sharing this! I have a big jar of coconut oil and just polished and buffed our dining room table and chairs with it. I like that it adds a really nice shine without an oily residue. Appreciate the tip!!!

The Quaint Housewife said...

I am glad it worked for you Carolyn :)