You likely know that diluted white vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent for those windows, counter tops, and other light household tasks. However, anyone can feel tempted to reach for those cleaners that emit toxic fumes when tackling mildew and other tough cleaning jobs around the house. However, you don’t have to use those toxic cleaners when you follow these tips to tackle tough spring cleaning jobs naturally.
1. Remove Mold from Your Bathroom Without Toxic Bleach
Mold and mildew are health hazards themselves, but you don’t have add another health hazard, chlorine bleach, to the mix to remove them.
First, if it is deeply embedded in the caulk around your tub or tile, then your best option may be to remove the caulk completely and replace it. However, it if it is just on the surface, then try adding 10 ml of tea tree oil to a cup of white vinegar and saturating the mold or mildew with it. Alternatively, mix a solution of half vinegar and half borax and saturate it.
Since all of the cleaning solutions work best when kept wet, find an old piece of cotton clothing or towel you don’t mind tearing into strips, saturate the strips of material with your solution and place it directly over the mold and leave overnight. Repeat if necessary, but you can use the same strips over and over.
2. Dissolve Baking Pan Buildup Without Scrubbing
Your baking pans may have seen better days, but you don’t have to toss them or scrub them until your arms hurt (and still making little progress) when you have hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
To melt away that baked-on layer of crud that may have accumulated on the surface and/or bottom of those baking pans, just pour some baking soda into a large glass bowl and slowly add hydrogen peroxide until you have a thick paste. Apply this paste to the build-up on the pan in a thick layer using a kitchen spatula and let sit overnight. In the morning, simply rinse off the residue. No scrubbing required!
3. Clean Your Oven Naturally Without Oven Cleaners
To clean your oven easily, yet naturally, first remove your oven racks first to make cleaning easier. Then, mix baking soda and plain water — if your oven has not been cleaned in quite a while, then make a thick paste and cover the oven interior well. If it is not quite as dirty or you would rather tackle it in several shorter sessions, then you can instead make a liquid by adding just a few tablespoons of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water and spray the interior.
Allow to sit overnight, then wipe away residue with a damp cloth or sponge, rinsing it often in a bucket of water. Once most of the residue is wiped away, give it a final once-over with diluted white vinegar spray and wipe.
Toxic chemical household cleaners can be avoided, even when tackling tough spring cleaning jobs. Try these three methods to tackle those tough jobs naturally with little to no scrubbing required.