EARTH FRIENDLY CLEANING
AND NATURAL PEST CONTROLS



Lemons

Lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. When mixed with salt, it makes an effective scrubbing paste.

To brighten whites, just add 1/2 cup lemon juice (normal sized load) to the rinse cycle.

Quarter a lemon and put it down the garbage disposal. The lemon will freshen the smell coming from the disposal.

Rub lemon juice over faucets and let sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth. Combats lime scale.

Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to your dishwashing liquid. Lemon juice increases the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing soap.

Squeeze lemon juice onto the surface of the cutting board. Rub the juice onto the surface of the cutting board and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Cleans stubborn stains on the board.



Olive oil is not just for cooking.

Add salt and it’s a great natural polisher for your pots and pans.

Make a natural wood polish by adding lemon juice (or vinegar).



Baking soda
You probably know that an open box of baking soda in the fridge absorbs odors.

But in addition to being an effective deodorizer wherever you want to get rid of stinky smells, it's also an effective antiviral agent and surfactant that eliminates grease and grime.

Use it as a scouring powder to clean countertops, sinks, tubs, bathroom floors and your outdoor grill.

To unclog drains, pour some baking soda down the drain, and then slowly pour in some white vinegar until it foams. Flush with hot water and repeat until the drain is clear.

To keep carpets and rugs fresh, sprinkle on some baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes.

Keep your combs and hairbrushes clean by soaking them in some water with a teaspoon of baking soda.

And make your tile floors sparkle with a mop and a half cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water.

There are so many uses for baking soda around the house you'll want to have some handy at all times.


Unleash the power of Vinegar!

An all purpose cleaner, brightener, herbicide and more. Just a bit of this resourceful little multi-tasker can be used straight-up, or mixed with water, to replace many of the pricier products that you will find right under your sink. Try these tips to see how vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier, all while being environmentally conscious.

1. Freshen up the fridge. Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar.

2. Brighten coffee cups and teacups. Gently scrub stains with equal parts vinegar and salt (or baking soda).

3. Eliminate odors. Swab plastic containers with a cloth dampened with vinegar.

4. Kill bathroom germs. Spray full-strength vinegar around the sink and tub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

5. Save a garment. To remove light scorch marks on fabrics, rub gently with vinegar. Wipe with a clean cloth. This technique also works on antiperspirant stains.

6. Tidy up a toilet. Pour a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.

7. Lose the carpet stain. Make a paste of 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and ¼ cup salt or baking soda. Rub into the stain and let dry. Vacuum the residue the next day. (Always test an out-of-sight part of the carpet first.)

8. Renew paint brushes. To remove old paint, place brushes in a pot with vinegar. Soak for an hour, then turn on the stove and bring the vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.

9. Wipe off a dirty faucet. To get rid of lime buildup, make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.

10. Stop static cling. Add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid reduces static and keeps dryer lint from sticking to your clothes.


ANTS:
Ants follow scents. They use scent to follow one another. To disrupt this “trail” use vinegar. Vinegar will deter ants from invading your house. MOSQUITOES:
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), oil of lemon eucalyptus works as a natural mosquito repellant.

MITES, APHIDS, MEALYBUGS:
Mix canola oil (1tblsp) with a few drops of dish soap in a quart container. Shake well. Pour into a spray bottle. Spray plant thoroughly (top and bottom of leaves). The oil smothers the bugs.

EARWIGS, SLUGS & SOFT BODIED GARDEN PESTS:
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth over and around plants and around the edges of the garden. The diatoms are small and sharp and harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects. This mechanical action replaces harmful chemical applications.

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