I find cleaning very cathartic. When everything feels chaotic, cleaning helps to calm my mind. (maybe there’s something wrong with me?!) But whatever works right! I have a handful of must-use items in my cleaning arsenal, and am always looking for new, inexpensive, safe ways to clean. As I talked about in another blog post about cleaning, I use Method products for most of my cleaning duties, but there are a few others that rely on.
Here are some tricks I use:
1. Ring Cleaner
On my 10 year wedding anniversary, my hubby bought for me my dream ring. It is a platinum diamond ring from Tiffany’s that we saw one year on a trip to New York City. I love this ring with all my heart. ALL of my heart. It will have to be cut off my finger. Anyhoo, about a year after I wore it, I developed a strange, itchy rash around my ring. I had always been diligent about cleaning it with a store-bought ring cleaner, so it couldn’t be dirty? Maybe other household cleaners I was using were irritating it? Maybe I had developed an allergy to the platinum? I was heart broken. It was almost to the point where I considered taking it off. Then I took to the internet in search of some solution. And over, and over again, I saw the same thing: clean it with a solution of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. No way this could work. But it did! I now have no problem at all with my ring. So I threw out my store bought cleaner and went with this homemade solution. If you have the same problem, try it! It saved me!
- 2 parts vinegar, and 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide (in the right dilution – I use a 3% solution)
- I use 2 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp peroxide
- Let it sit in the solution for at least 10-15 minutes
- I do this once a week.
2. My Veggie and Fruit Cleaner
** NOTE: I now use a vinegar/water solution to clean my fruits and veggies. Fill your sink about half-way with lukewarm water, add 1 cup vinegar. Add your veggies/fruit (don’t overfill your sink with your veggies/fruit). Soak for 10 minutes. Rinse well. **
- 2 cups of bleach in an empty load
- run one more empty load to rinse
The old tried and true, trusty Vinegar. When all else fails, old-faithful here is great! (and it’s cheap) Makes everything sparkle!! Just make a 1:1, vinegar:water solution in an old spray bottle.
Well that’s all for my cleaning lesson. Hope you found it a little useful? Maybe I’m just a little crazy! ;)