As we get ready to move, I have started cleaning our apartment. We still have a couple months to go, but I figure I should start now to avoid late nights of cleaning later on. Two things that I've spent hours on and just couldn't get clean were the shower and the stove top. I hate the smell of the cleaners you usually buy for these things, especially being trapped in the bathroom with those fumes. So, I began searching Pinterest and other online sites.
I started with the shower. I came across a recipe of 1 part Dawn dish soap and 1part vinegar. Perfect! While vinegar doesn't smell great, it's not a toxic smell. I mixed up 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of blue Dawn. I sprayed it on the shower and let soak for about 2 hours. I came back and scrubbed just a little with a sponge and it looked great!
Next up, I decided to tackle the stove. We have a gas stove and the top is white. All around the burned was dirty (not really sure what it was). Every time after I cook, I spray it down with different clearners and scrub, but nothing seems to work. I did some research and didn't find anything that I just loved. I really didn't want to use amonia and deal with that smell. So, I used what I knew. I knew both Dawn and baking soda could be used in cleaning dishes, so I decided to try the combo. I used about 1 part Dawn to 2 parts baking soda and then added water to get it the consistancy I wanted. I used my finger to rub it on the stove, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then scrubbed with a sponge. Almost all of the caked on "stuff" was gone! I then wiped it down with a dry paper towel to avoid too much sudsing and then a wet paper towel. I am really impressed with how it turned out. It's not perfect, but it's 100% better. I think I will try it again and let it set a little longer and then used a toothbrush to scrub.
I'm very pleased with the ways of cleaning without using harmful chemicals. I don't want to be exposed to those chemicals, nor do I want my furbabies exposed!
What chemical free ways of cleaning have you found that work?