Julie Edelman, author of The Ultimate Accidental Housewife: Your Guide to a Clean-Enough House, shares simple, nontoxic cleaning tips to keep your home spick and span.
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Nontoxic Cleaning Solutions Dr. Travis Stork: This show is all about understanding your body inside and out. So, if you’re worried about how to keep your home clean without harsh chemicals that could harm your health, the Ultimate Accidental Housewife, Julie Edelman has come to our rescue with some great solutions. Julie Edelman: That’s right I’m going to help maintain home sanity and many chores and our most loved and fave cooking utensil, the microwave. Dr. Lisa Masterson: The microwave. Julie Edelman: Alright, we need to clean it. You don’t want to use these toxic cleaners because a few reasons: A. The smell of the fumes. B. Also sometimes if you don’t get a lot of the remnants and the odors will be absorbed into the food you’re cooking. Yuck! Dr. Drew Ordon: No! Julie Edelman: Yes, so easy solution, you take a lemon. You squeeze right in there then you can cut a slice for the drink you’re going to prepare. Dr. Drew Ordon: I’m going to open the oven. Julie Edelman: Yes, would you please, thank you. Dr. Drew Ordon: There you go. Julie Edelman: And then you’re going to put it. I think I’m going to put it right into that lovely gross looking on it. Dr. Drew Ordon: Did you blow up the sausage again? Julie Edelman: I did after my coffee. You’re going to put it in there for five minutes and let the lemon—what will happen is the lemon and the hot water will dislodge all that crunch you see in there. You wipe it down. And then you just wipe it down and viola! Your microwave is ready to go again. Dr. Travis Stork: Very cool. Dr. Jim Sears: That’s really good. Julie Edelman: There you go. Dr. Jim Sears: Now, when we talk about baby-proofing your house. A lot of parents will keep that really harsh drain cleaners under the sink and those are really dangerous for kids, so do you have a safer way to unclog a drain? Julie Edelman: I do. Surprised ey? Let me think about that okay, baking soda. This is what I called mount sink— Dr. Travis Stork: Mount sink— Julie Edelman: It's a great side experiment for you and your kids to do. You take a half of cup of baking soda and you put it down the drain. Yes, you have your gloves on. Dr. Jim Sears: Our accidental gloves here. Alright. Julie Edelman: Then you’re going to take your little sloppy but that’s okay. Dr. Travis Stork: It’s just baking soda. Julie Edelman: Hopefully only on this stage. Dr. Jim Sears: Okay then? Julie Edelman: When you’re going to take white vinegar again. Fungus, it works on feet and it also works half a cup and watch it, it’s going to be like a volcanic eruption. Dr. Jim Sears: There we go. Julie Edelman: Here we go, come on there we go. I love it. It’s a like a mad scientist and once you’re done with that— Dr. Jim Sears: That’s cool. Julie Edelman: You’ll boil up a kettle of water and you pour that down to finish it off. Dr. Jim Sears: Boiling water. Julie Edelman: Boiling water, so there you have it. So that’s how you would flash away all the stuff that you use whether it’s in your sinks, in your showers, your tubs. And it’s a good thing to do once a month and really simple. Actually, you can have your kids do it except for the boiling water. Dr. Travis Stork: Great tips that are included in Julie’s book, The Ultimate Accidental Housewife: You’re Guide to a Clean-Enough House.