Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring Cleaning



Time to think about Spring Cleaning. And each new season, I go through my kitchen cabinets and check all of the "sell by" dates on dry goods and canned goods. You would be surprised at what you've been moving around thinking oh that will never go bad. Like rice. Did you know brown rice has a much shorter shelf life than white rice? Also those little seasoning packages you may pick up but forgot to use. Check the dates. Dry goods may seem to be able to last forever, but some will develop molds, especially those with some sort of oil or shortening mixed in like the baking mixes.
I'm trying to get away from chemicals for cleaning. Vinegar is a wonderful multi use ingredient. 
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 spray bottle
There you go a perfect cleaner. ( not for grout or stone).
Instead of comet, or ajax, or one of those other scouring cleaners, here is an alternative.
1 1/2 C baking soda
1/2 C water
Make a paste, and store in a bowl or jar.
Use it like you would a scouring product. 
I'm adding a  few links to give you some ideas.  
http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7
 http://housekeeping.about.com/od/environment/a/Homemade-And-Natural-Cleaning-Products.htm  
http://pinterest.com/marschaeffer/diy-homemade-cleaning-products/  

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