I began making my own household cleaners a few years ago. Some vinegar and baking soda can usually solve anything. Now that we have two kids around, I like to be sure that anything they might happen to get a hold of is safe for little hands.
But, speaking of little hands ... when we built our house, we chose stainless steel appliances. We like the look they give to our kitchen. And when they shine, they shine! I had a difficult time finding a natural stainless cleaner I liked. I ended up using an off-the-shelf cleaner from the grocery store, but felt like I had to scrub my hands after cleaning, and I didn't care for the chemical smell.
Enter essential oils! I've found essential oils can be useful for a variety of uses, and they have found a permanent place in my family's arsenal of natural products to stat healthy. When I cut my hand this winter with a butter knife (lame, I know ...), lavender oil helped cut down on my pain. Melaleuca (tea tree) oil is great for acne. And my new favorite oil is lemon!
I read a lot on uses for oils. When I ran across a tip that said to use a little olive and lemon oil on a rag to clean stainless appliances, I had to try it. I was skeptical. I mean, olive oil?! But it worked! And my kitchen smells so fresh when I'm done!
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