Unless you can afford to hire help regularly, cleaning is never an easy chore. Not only is it expensive, but it’s a time-consuming, sweat-inducing production. Seriously, scrubbing the bathroom floor puts most of our other workouts to shame.
And not to add fuel to the fire, but the cleaning products sitting under your sink right now are most likely packed with toxins that have been linked to respiratory issues, environmental harm and, yes, even cancer, according to the EWG.
Dryer balls are the ultimate way to fight static
Not only are dryer balls the perfect way to incorporate scents into your laundry (we love Grove’s Sleep Essential Oil Brend!), but they’re also incredibly effective at fighting static.
According to Alex Crane, head of product development at Grove, you can either attach one or two safety pins to your wool dryer balls or roll up aluminum foil to include alongside the dryer balls in your dryer. They both act as a lightning rod to help reduce the electricity building up in the dryer.
The perfect bathtub cleaner
Spray Grove’s Tub Tile Cleaner on top of Bon Ami and let the mixture sit for three to five minutes to make tub cleaning easier. The miracle ingredients packed in Bon Ami act as a gentle yet effective abrasive to make your tub looking spankin’ new.
Use soaked cotton balls to block odors
Even if you think you’re pretty responsible about taking out the trash, there’s only so much that can be done about the pervading odors. To help mask these foul smells, Crane suggests soaking a few cotton balls in your favorite essential oils and tossing them at the bottom of your trash can.
Use a cheesecloth to polish sterling silver
Chu-Min Lee, who also oversees product development at Grove, let us in on one of the company’s favorite and most versatile products: Cheesecloths.
Not only are the washable cloths perfect for polishing sterling silver without leaving scratches or marks, they can protect plants from getting cold, says Lee.
Grove’s customers also use the cloths as a strainer, baking, to steep tea, for cooking and for crafts.
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Get rid of stains with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide might be the miracle solution you’ve been looking for. It’s a great eraser when it comes to stains, but only on white clothing!
Lemon juice also works as a great natural bleaching agent. Lay clothing doused in lemon juice outside in the sun, which will help speed up the stain-removal process.
The best way to clean your enamel cast iron
Enamel cast irons are notoriously difficult to clean, but baking soda is a convenient and time-saving solution for the cookware. Simply mix the baking soda, which acts as an abrasive, with water, and you’ve got yourself an all natural and homemade solution.
Use this homemade concoction to ward off ants
According to Crane, peppermint oil is a great and natural way to keep those persistent ants away. Mix in 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil with water into a 16-ounce spray bottle, and spray on surfaces where those ants are prone to showing up.
Ants apparently hate the smell of the plant, which many say has been effective for bug control.
Make an all-natural vegetable cleaner
Mix one part white vinegar and three parts water to create an all natural, homemade vegetable cleaner. Vinegar acts as an effective way to rid vegetables and other produce of harmful bacteria. Water helps dilute the solution, so the vinegar doesn’t affect the taste of the produce!
And whereas it may cost an arm and a leg for safer and natural cleaning products (but why?!), there are a myriad of ways to find nontoxic cleaning brands that are not only affordable but versatile as well. We spoke with Alex Crane and Chu-Min Lee, who both oversee product development at Grove Collaborative, for their biggest household cleaning tips and tricks.
The subscription service is beloved by consumers looking for a sustainable and nontoxic lifestyle (they just launched a wellness section!) so, it’s safe to say we’re in safe hands. We repeat.
Scroll through above for Crane and Lee’s biggest tips, from laundry hacks to bathroom tips to even pest control!
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