If you’re reading this, it’s time for a creative-cleaning bootcamp! While this may sound like a huge home project to most, Giant Eagle is here to help you take simple steps keeping your house clean. We have provided a list of easy, inexpensive and creative DIY methods for common cleaning that go beyond your traditional chemical cleaners. So, stock your cleaning arsenal today and get to work!
Can Old Pots Learn New Tricks?
Have some old, burnt cookware? Follow these quick steps to bring their shine back.
Use Baking Soda & Vinegar:
- Fill the pot with about 1 quart of water or enough to cover the burned areas.
- Add 1 cup vinegar; bring the mixture to a boil.
- Add 2 tablespoons baking soda.
- Stir and let simmer for several minutes.
- Scrub the pot with a sponge or brush, rinse with warm water, then dry.
Natural, Sweet Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
Hang on to your citrus peels for this all-purpose cleaner. Combine vinegar, citrus peels, and other herbs, cinnamon sticks, or essential oils for an easy all-purpose cleaner that not only works well, but smells good, too!
- Fill a Mason jar with chopped citrus fruit peels from lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits.
- Pour distilled white vinegar over the peels, and secure with lid. Shake or turn the jar to ensure the peels come in contact with all of the vinegar.
- Store in a cool, dark place for 24 hours or up to one week.
- Strain the vinegar through a fine-mesh strainer; discard the citrus peels (or use them to freshen up the garbage disposal!).
- Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and clean everything from solid surface countertops and appliances to bathrooms.
De-funkify the Garbage Disposal
Give your stinky garbage disposal a facelift with this chemical-free technique!
- Add chopped citrus fruits or peels to an ice tray.
- Cover with distilled white vinegar.
- Freeze until solid.
- Toss a few cubes down the drain and run the disposal.
- The ice will clean the blades, while the citrus leaves a refreshing scent.
Four Common Household Cleaners
Here are four common household items that can be used to clean a variety of surfaces that you might not have considered before:
Vinegar is a versatile cleaner, used for cleaning anything from the dishwasher to silverware.
- Toilet bowl: Dump ½ cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then scrub and
- Chrome fixtures: Use a cloth with warm water and vinegar to wipe down kitchen appliances, bathroom
surfaces, and general fixtures to rid of fingerprints and make them shine.
- Silverware: Fill a bucket or sink with warm water and vinegar, soak silverware for up to an hour. Remove
from solution and dry with cloth.
Borax is not as common as some homemade cleaning products but is certainly effective. While it is known as a detergent booster, it can also be used for things like:
- Deodorizing a mattress: To clean, dampen the surface. Rub borax onto your mattress with damp cloth. Let dry.
Then, vacuum away dried powder.
- Deodorizing trash can: Fill trash can with water, add a heaping scoop of the natural mineral, let sit for at
least an hour, then dump and rinse.
- Unclogging a drain: Pour ½ cup of borax and 2 cups of boiling water down the drain. Let sit for 15 minutes,
then run warm water down the drain for a few minutes.
Baking Soda is a great gentle abrasive cleaner that also naturally deodorizes!
- Clean fruits and vegetables: Take a mix of baking soda and warm water on a cloth to rub away dirt and
waxy coatings from store-bought produce.
- Clean dirty toys: Use the same warm water and baking soda mixture to scrub down your children’s toys for
- De-stink pet beds: Sprinkle baking soda on your pet's bed and let sit for at least an hour. Vacuum to
clean up powder.
Lemons can be used in a variety of ways, but they are best at removing stains and leaving your home filled with a sweet citrus scent. The acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic, so it is a green cleaning alternative to nasty chemicals.
- Clean cutting board: Slice a lemon in half and begin rubbing the cutting board. Add salt for added
abrasion. Watch stains and smells disappear.
- Degreasing: Do you have unwanted grease left on your pots and pans? The acidic nature of lemon juice
will easily get rid of tough grease spots.
- Wiping Down Floors: Use 1 part lemon juice, 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts water for a safe and effective
floor cleaner. This solution is ideal for families with children and pets that crawl on the floor.
With any household cleaning product, we encourage you to please handle it with care: keep away from children, use in well-ventilated areas, and wear gloves. Happy cleaning!