Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Steam! All Natural Spring Cleaning


Last Saturday was a day for deep cleaning my apartment. It felt great to get rid of a bunch of unused items, re-organize, throw away, and sanitize everything. Getting ready for a new season!

You may be curious why I have two pots stacked on top of each other in this weird way, and what that has to do with all-natural cleaning.

I needed to get my pots and pans sterilized. The top stock pot was borrowed from a friend, and I wanted to make sure it was really clean before I gave it back to her. As for the rest of my pots: stupid city mice.

One way that I sterilize my pots is to boil water in the pot, then wipe it down with grain alcohol. But in this case, I was already doing a ton of dishes and other cleaning, and I didn't really feel like scrubbing and boiling all of my kitchen pots. So how to easily, cheaply, and naturally sterilize?

Steam!

Just fill up a stock pot about a quarter of the way with water and let it boil away.

Rather than scrub, I left the pots on top of the steam pot for about 15-20 minutes each. As I cleaned, I just let the steam do its work! A great way to feel like you are deep cleaning your pots and pans more than soap can, but without the use of bleach.

So how can you get started cleaning the all-natural way?

The recipe for my favorite homemade 409:

1/3 spray bottle white vinegar
2/3 spray bottle water
20 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil

For extra strength anti-mouse poop power, I add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of grain alcohol to the mix.

For grease cutting power, add in about a tablespoon of ONE of the following all-natural, petroleum free soaps:
Ecover or other biodegradable dish soap
Dr. Bronner's castile soap
Soapberry liquid


And that's it! Clean and simple.

Last year's natural cleaning workshop at Red Clover Collective has recipes and more details on natural cleaning if you are interested.

What are some of your favorite tips?

If I really was homesteading it I'd probably start distilling my own grain alcohol and white vinegar using fallen fruit, old herbal tea grounds and more. But that's a project for another day!

1 comment:

@Nataliekbeats said...

I know what you mean! The feeling is amazing once you clean your apartment or house after a long winter. Thanks for the natural cleaning solution recipe!

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