The Naturally Clean Home
Karyn Siegel-Maier can often be found in her kitchen, creating concoctions of common household ingredients that vanquish dirt, germs, and odors. The results of her efforts are compiled in The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, where we found some of our favorite fixes that freshen with no chemicals!
Sprinkle salt on fresh grease stains in the oven. When the oven cools, wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Cream of Tartar
To remove stains on tablecloths or clothing, combine two tablespoons of cream of tartar with two drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon essential oil. Add just enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste over the stain and allow it to dry before washing.
To clean and remove tarnish from copper, mix a half-cup of ketchup with two tablespoons cream of tartar. Spread on the copper and let stand for an hour. Rinse first in soapy water and then in clean water. Dry thoroughly.
For an easy silver tarnish remover, place silver pieces in either a sink or a pan filled with water. Add two tablespoons cream of tartar or baking soda, plus a few strips of aluminum foil. Let the silver soak for an hour or until tarnish-free. Rinse well and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
To keep terra-cotta pots looking clean and new, coat them inside and out with a light layer of olive oil.
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