Maintain the inside and outside of your home with these great natural tips.

clean-with-vinegarPull those weeds with a natural solution: The weather and warm, the rain is abundant and the weed pulling isn’t always easy. Use vinegar to pour over weed-ridden areas, say by the porch or deck. (You can also use vinegar in a spray bottle with a little bit of Dawn dish soap.) It will help loosen the weeds to pull and help prevent weeds…or at least slow down the growing process. If you have pets, use caution to protect their paw pads. You will probably want to hose off after the solution sits for a couple hours.

Remove build up from shower heads and faucets: They can harvest bacteria/mildew and should be regularly cleaned. Place vinegar in an appropriately sized ziploc bag and place the bag over the shower head and faucet (secure with a rubber band or another fastener). Let sit for a couple hours. Use a toothbrush to scrub the surface to remove any build up.

Disinfect your sink and unclog the drain: Drainers and cleaners can even smell toxic. To unclog the drain and clean your sinks, pour a kettle of boiling water down your sink. Follow with 1/2 a cup of baking soda and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Then use 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of boiling hot water to rinse the sink and drain. Cover/plug your drain (it will react) and let sit for another 5-10 minutes. Follow with another kettle of boiling water.

Note: do not mix vinegar and baking soda in advance and store. The results will be different.

Clean the microwave: While it is better to cover anything being heated, microwaves can get messy if something goes awry. Use a glass, microwave safe bowl filled with water and add a tablespoon or two of vinegar. Microwave for approximately five minutes and then wipe down the inside of the microwave. The solution should help when wiping down the inside.


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