I am sure most of you have cupboards full of cleaning products.  Turns out a lot of them are pretty gross and bad for the environment.  Did you know with just a few ingredients, you can clean your entire house?  My go-to cleaning staples are as follows: distilled white vinegar, baking soda, castille soap, olive oil, and salt!  They are multipurpose, and quite magical.


  1. Remove water rings from your wooden furniture using a thin paste of olive oil mixed with salt.  Olive oil also makes a fabulous moisturizer for cutting boards and butcher blocks.  Rub a healthy dollop in and let the oil sink in for an hour or two before putting things back on your block/board.
  2. Clean cast iron: If you have seasoned cast iron dishes, you know dish soap is a no-no, instead sprinkle with salt and clean out with a paper towel.
  3. Remove sweat stains: 4 tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water.  Sponge clothing with the solution until stains fade.
  4. Keep ants out: they don’t like to walk on salt, so salt your doorways, window sills, any place they like to enter!
  5. Multipurpose cleaner: 1 part distilled vinegar to three parts water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like.  Use this instead of store bought multipurpose cleaner, its cheaper and safer for the environment.
  6. Tub scrub: baking soda or salt mixed into a paste with a little castille soap makes the best tub scrub ever.  Fun fact: Everyone needs a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap in their life.  Its great and is wildly useful.
  7. Dust your furniture: ¼ cup vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp water.  Dip your dusting cloth, wring so it is not dripping, dust!
  8. Wash your face: check out our blog post on the oil cleansing method.
  9. Clean your jewels, especially pearls and diamonds, with olive oil.  Put a small amount of oil on a cloth, rub in on your jewelry, then buff with the dry part of the cloth.
  10. Groom and feed your houseplants.  Add 1 tsp of olive oil to each plant’s soil monthly.  When your plants need a makeover, wipe their leaves with olive oil.  It will moisturise them and remove dust.