8 Quick Tricks for a Clean Kitchen

We all know cleaning your kitchen can be a chore, that often takes time, harsh chemicals and money. I’m here to tell you that tackling that kitchen doesn’t have to be so overwhelming and hard! Try these quick and easy tricks for a clean kitchen.
  1. Reuse Your Sponge Over and Over:

Many of you have heard you can throw your sponge in the dishwasher with the dishes for a cheap disinfection tool to make your sponges last. This is great if you do this on a weekly basis and remember to throw your sponge in every so often. As for those who don’t have a dishwasher, or when you are in a quick pinch, you can put your sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes, and heat kill any bacteria off your sponge a lot quicker. Just be careful grabbing the sponge afterwards! It will be hot!

 2.      Clean Your Microwave in a Snap:

Cleaning the microwave can be a royal pain. Of course the longer you wait to do it, the more crusted the food gets on your microwave, and the more scrubbing you will have to do, right? Wrong! Try putting cup or small bowl full of water in the microwave and putting it in for 5 minutes, or until it starts boiling. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside with a paper towel. The humidity should make most of the remnants much easier to wipe off!

3.      Sharpen Your Garbage Disposal Blades:

Dispose of orange peels in the garbage disposal. Done. The texture of the orange peel actually helps to sharpen the blades of the disposal, and will also give your sink a fresh, natural orange scent!

4.      Clean  Counters Without Chemicals:

Areas that commonly have food around them such as the refrigerator or counter tops might need a little different kind of attention than your bathroom. If you worry about cleaning your kitchen with harsh chemicals, try cleaning with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Hydrogen peroxide is a little less toxic to the environment and your children

5.   Cleaning That Tough Tile Floor:

Use baking soda! For another less harmful alternative to toxic cleaning chemicals, try mixing baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour a quarter cup of baking soda into a gallon of hot water. Then scrub with a string mop or sponge.

6.      Making Your Wood Floors Shine

Vinegar is a wonderful household product that cleans wood well and really makes it shine. You want to get a lovely clean shine on your wood floor? Try mix nine parts hot water with one part white vinegar. It doesn’t take much to make those worn out floors shine like new!

7.      Remove Tarnish With Ketchup

This is no joke! Try taking using ketchup on your copper and brass pots and pans, or whatever else you have around the house that is starting to tarnish! Try dabbing some ketchup on the rough spots and gently rub it in, then rinse afterwards with some warm water! How easy is that?!

 8.      Use Steel Wool for Removing Scratches

Try using steel wool to remove scratches from Stainless steel appliances and marble and granite counter tops. The key is to use grade 0000, which is the finest steel wool there is. It is even fine enough to use on your windshield! Be sure to go with the grain of the material you are working with.

Know of any other great ways to help with kitchen cleaning? Comment below!
~HealthyGirl

Home Teeth Whitening Remedies

Everyone wants whiter, cleaner looking teeth. But how much would that cost you at the dentist’s office? The average price for whitening treatment runs around $500. In this economy, who can afford that? Here are some simple home remedies to a whiter, prettier smile. These methods are cheap, easy, and can be done form the comfort of your own home.

A Note About Whitening Strips:
Whitening strips themselves can be pretty pricey, but have you taken the time to look at the ingredients? Next time you go to the store, check out the ingredients on the back of the box. You will find they are using a lot of the same ingredients listed below, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Yet you are paying upwards of 50 dollars a box for the same stuff you already have at home!

Tried &True Home Teeth Whitening Remedies

Baking Soda: This ingredient has been around for ages and people still swear by it. It is known for being one of the best home teeth whitening remedies, among other things. Most dentists consent that it’s safe to use and works rather quickly. You can mix this with your tooth paste, or use it by itself. Try this once or twice a week with your normal brushing habits, and you will start to see results within the first week.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Another popular home remedy is peroxide. This product is cheap and most people have it on hand. If you are going to use hydrogen peroxide, try swishing it in your mouth for 30 seconds a few times a week. Some older remedies recommend you mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it forms a paste, but over using these chemicals could bring some wear and tear on your gums and enamel. Just be sure not to swallow the Hydrogen peroxide!

Vinegar: Another popular remedy for teeth whitening is to mix vinegar with baking soda. It works like hydrogen peroxide, however, the taste can be quite overpowering. Apple cider vinegar will work just as well, and will taste much better! Be sure not to swallow, and if you use this method, only use it once or twice a week to give your enamel a break.

Strawberries: Strawberries have been known to contain some natural whitening agents of their own. Malic acid, which is found in strawberries, helps remove surface discoloration from your teeth. Strawberries can be crushed into a pulp and mixed with baking soda to form a kind of paste. This is another agent that could be harmful to your teeth if used too much, due to the acids found in strawberries wearing down your enamel. If you plan to use this method, just be sure to re-brush with normal toothpaste and rinse out your mouth afterwards.

 Whitening to be Weary of:

 Lemon Juice: This remedy is relatively risky, given this can not only erode your tooth enamel, but cause your teeth to lose calcium and actually break down the bone structure of your teeth over time. Dentist commonly deal with tooth destruction that has been caused by people sucking on lemons and limes. Some people from older generations may swear by it, and it does indeed help teeth whitening, however, the risks outweigh the benefits in this case. I would not recommend this option.

Bleach: I’ve heard of people actually taking straight bleach, or even diluted bleach and using it as a rinsing agent to whiten teeth. Why not? Dentists use it in their techniques right? PLEASE, don’t try using bleach to whiten your teeth. This is a toxic chemical that can be deadly if swallowed, and it will do 10 times more damage to your teeth than it will help! My advice: Save it for the laundry.

Remember that your tooth enamel is one of those things that cannot be replaced. The less enamel you have, the weaker and more cavity prone your teeth will become. Brushing too hard, using acids, or any form of vitamin C will eat away your enamel surface. If you are using any whitening technique, I would recommend using an enamel protecting agent as well. You can use an enamel guard type of tooth paste, or I use GCMI paste that you put on your teeth twice a week before bed. Please remember that all home remedies should be used in moderation and monitored closely!

By the way, how old is your toothbrush? Check out my other article:Toothbrush FAQ

Happy Smiling,

~HealthyGirl