In these times of rising prices and environmental awareness, I’ve done some reading and found a good way to cut down both on cost and on chemicals that hurt our environment. I’ve decided that the time is right for me to start making my own cleaning solutions. I’ve often thought about trying it, along with the often suggested homemade baby wipes, but never felt like I had the time. Grabbing a bottle of all-purpose kitchen cleaner seemed so much more convenient than putting my own together. My research has shown me that it really isn’t all that time-consuming to make your own cleaners, and the results I’ve seen have been fabulous. But I still haven’t resorted to making my own baby wipes – yet!
Let’s start with my favorite, a simple baking soda paste. We all know baking soda is fantastic for eliminating odors in the fridge, but simply mix it with water, and you’ve got a great non-abrasive cleanser for scrubbing pots and pans and for shining chrome and stainless steel.
Just add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 4 tablespoons of water, mix it together, and you’ve got your paste.
Then use a soft cloth to to rub the paste onto the area you are cleaning.
Then wipe the paste off with a clean cloth and buff until it shines! Look at my sink – I’ve never seen such a glistening, shiny sink in my house before!
It was easy, and no smelly fumes! I’m officially an all-natural, homemade cleanser convert. You can be, too. Give it a try. I promise I’ll share more of the terrific non-commercial cleaning ideas I’ve discovered in posts to come.
Amy Bellgardt is a wife, mom, lifestyle & travel blogger, foodie, social media strategist, nerd, coffee drinker and founder of Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing agency.