I was so proud of myself yesterday. I had bought fruit at the farmers market and after juicing (yes, I’m attempting to juice) I used the peels to make my “everything” cleaner. Throw your peels in a mason jar and fill the jar with vinegar. In two weeks you will have an “everything” cleaner.
The citric acid in lemons have a low pH level which easily breaks down rust and mineral stains, but gentle enough not to dull surfaces. Double check your counter tops before you use lemon juice. Some marble counters may be sensitive to acid.
We are getting off track. I started thinking, while I was making my “everything” cleaner, about all the weird ingredients I use to clean things around the house.
Cream of tartar, coconut oil, soda water, vinegar, lemon juice, peanut butter. What kind of grocery list is this?
The amazing thing is that they all work…in their own weird way.
Did you know that if your kid gets gum in their hair, apply peanut butter? The oils in the peanut butter find it easier to stick to the gum base in chewing gum instead of the proteins in dry hair. The oils in the peanut butter get in between the hair and the gum which makes the gum stiff and less sticky. Salad oil and mayonnaise will work the same way because they are also oils.
Cream of tartar. I’m serious. It’s great for cleaning metals like aluminum, brass and copper. Cream of tartar is an acid salt, meaning when it is dissolved it will lower the pH of the liquid. Because of its acidic properties, it can be used to clean and remove stains or used for its mildly abrasive qualities. Try making a paste from cream of tartar and vinegar (or another acid, such as lemon juice) to buff and clean metals. And don’t worry, there will not be a chemical reaction from mixing the two.
Coconut oil has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties because of fatty acids in the oil. The fatty acids are concentrated in coconut oil; making up 60% of all that is in the oil. Besides being used as a deep conditioner, aftershave and body lotion, coconut oil can also be used while cleaning. Equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda removes the sticker residue off any surface. You can also use coconut oil to condition and soften leather.
Soda water contains carbonic acid, which is helpful for removing stains and dissolving rust deposits. Try using soda water on your laundry, carpet and upholstery stains. The bubbly action will lift the stain to surface and you can blot it out easily. It’s also great for polishing chrome kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
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