This little 6-inch x 8-inch book, The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself – The Natural, Chemical-free Way, by Becky Rapinchuk (Clean Mama), completely changed the way that I clean my home. Yes, I already knew that most commercial cleaning products are filled with horrible, toxic ingredients, but I was just plain lazy about creating my own – and cleaners/detergents like Dr. Bronner and Method are not available to me locally. Becky’s book was exactly the inspiration and guidance I needed. The first thing I did was go through the entire book and put sticky notes on every “recipe” I wanted to try. And then I got to work gathering the ingredients I needed.
The very first recipe I tried was just about the easiest, too: Lemon Microwave Oven Cleaner – Steam (see the “recipe” below). I was thrilled with the results. Dried-up spots of food came off easily and the inside of the microwave smelled fresh and lemony. I went on to clean my drain with Natural Drain Cleaner and disinfect the washing machine with Regular Washing Machine Cleaner. I mixed up a batch of Lemon Peppermint All-Purpose Cleaner, Natural Insect Repellant, Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray (love this!) and two big mason jars of Citrus Liquid Hand Soap. I have many other recipes marked to try: Lemon Dishwasher Detergent, Oven Cleaner – Paste, Fruit and Veggie Wash, Lemon and Clove Powdered Laundry Soap, and Design-A-Dryer Sheets.
The recipes are simple to follow and many of them are customizable to your favorite scents. Becky’s book covers cleaners for the kitchen, bath, laundry room, bedrooms and living areas, floors, the nursery or playroom, garage, basement and garden – and also provides cleaning checklists to help you stay on track. Her introductory chapters guide you through the basics and the benefits of making your own cleaning products and how to build your cleaning “tool kit.” Now for the microwave cleaner recipe!
Excerpted from The Organically Clean Home Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Rapinchuk, cleanmama.net, and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Lemon Microwave Oven Cleaner—Steam
1 Clean Microwave
Using steam to clean messes and grease off the interior of a microwave is simple but extremely effective. The best perk is the smell from the juice of the fresh lemon while the microwave cleans itself.
4 cups water
To Make: Combine Place water in a microwaveable bowl. Cut the lemon in half and juice it. Add the juice and the lemon halves to the bowl. Run the microwave until the water boils (3–5 minutes). When done, let the mixture sit and steam in the microwave for 15–30 minutes.
To Use: Remove the bowl and wipe microwave clean with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Wipe dry.
To Store: This is a one-time-use product; no storage necessary.
This cleaning task is mostly hands-off and can easily be done while you’re working on other things in the kitchen.
Maybe you are already whole-heartedly embrace making your own healthy and effective cleaners – or maybe you’re like me and have been procrastinating and need a swift kick in the pants – either way, this book is a must-have for the home. Happily, Adams Media and Becky Rapinchuk have generously given me the opportunity to share a copy of The Organically Clean Home with one of my readers. To win, you have to enter – and you can do that below via Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends at midnight U.S. CT time on July 4 and is open to those in the U.S. and Canada only