Regular readers know I am doing 50 healthy things this year in honor of my 50th birthday. Here’s number 34 – an all-natural wood cleaner.
Thanksgiving preparation is in full swing at our house. My cousin and I trade years to host our extended family, and this year is mine. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I’ve used this occasion as an impetus to do some things around the house that needed to be done anyway.
The biggest project we’ve tackled is having our hardwood floors refinished. We just moved back upstairs after spending a week in the basement during the sanding, staining and drying process. The floors look great, but yikes – what a mess!
We spent the entire weekend deep cleaning, and it looks great. However, I’ve been increasingly worried about the toxicity of household cleaning chemicals. With encouragement from my friend, Deb, I decided to try a do-it-yourself, all-natural concoction to clean the grime off the outside of our kitchen cabinets.
Here’s the recipe: one part baking soda and two parts coconut oil. Mush it up with your hands until it has a paste-like consistency. Wipe on cabinet doors with fingers, scrubbing any especially grimy areas – like where sweaty teenagers open doors after eating peanut butter sandwiches – just an example. Then wipe off with a damp rag.
Amazing! My cabinets have not looked this smooth and clean since they were new. This project was such a success that I will consider some other DIY cleaners as well. I know Pinterest is full of ideas, but who has time to scour the boards? I would love to hear about any solutions that have worked for you.