Spring, glorious spring, how I’ve missed your beautiful face! This season is almost perfect (the only thing standing between it and perfection is seasonal allergies… not a lot of fun). As a sports fan, I love March Madness (Go UK Wildcats!!) and as a baseball fan, I LITERALLY count the days to opening day and anticipate cheering on my St. Louis Cardinals for months to come.
As a bird watcher, lover, and feeder extraordinaire, I get positively giddy when I see the population explode in our trees and at our feeding stations. And the flower, herb, and vegetable gardener in me is simply dying to get at it.
Another spring tradition is spring cleaning. I delivered the cold news to my closets yesterday – they’re about to get hit and get hit hard. I had spring cleaning on my mind (somewhere between thoughts of dying my hair blue for UK’s next game and thoughts of daffodils, gladiola, and marigolds). I thought it was incredibly ironic when I opened my e-mail and had a newsletter from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas with Spring Cleaning in the subject line. The information is priceless and the thought of filling my home with the aroma of vanilla is something I can’t resist. It’s actually one of the scents I use in our home – along with lavender. I thought I’d share excerpts of the newsletter with you, as spring cleaning is probably on you mind, too – though I doubt blue hair shares mental space.
Spring cleaners may be surprised to learn that the same ingredients that help with cooking can help with cleaning too. Kitchen pantries are full of items such as vanilla, eggs and vinegar that can remove tough dirt and dust, or give a warm,fresh scent.
Using foods directly from your home is an easy, chemical-free method to clean a healthy home, said Mary Findley, veteran cleaning expert and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Cleaning, 2nd Edition. It is also a great and effective way to jump start green cleaning habits.
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, the makers of quality pure vanilla and flavor extracts, has a variety of spring cleaning tips to freshen homes with flavorful ingredients straight from the kitchen.
A few tips include:
- Saturate a cotton ball in vanilla and drop it in the vacuum or vacuum bag to release a sweet scent (a tip I personally swear by).
- A vanilla drenched cotton ball can also deodorize the refrigerator or freezer (another tip I love!).
- To remove a coffee stain from fabric, dip a white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stain. Then rinse with water.
- After cleaning the refrigerator add a dash of lemon extract to the rinse water for a fresh scent.
- Place vanilla beans in drawers, under car seats and in laundry rooms to act as an air freshener.
- Placing a bowl of vinegar in an open room will absorb smoke odor.
- Use club soda or seltzer water to clean chrome on faucets, utensils, etc.
About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas:
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Masseys Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans. To read more about Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, click the link.
Why am I craving vanilla ice cream now?
Do you have any favorite cleaning tricks of the trade using kitchen items? Share them with us in the comments!