Olive Oil Shoe Polish

and Other Safer Cleaning Alternatives

In a pinch, I often polish leather shoes with olive oil. I always feel a little sheepish doing it because it garners surprise from friends and family. But it really is an effective and natural way to maintain your shoes: simply apply cold-pressed nut oil, olive oil, or beeswax to leather and buff with a cloth...

Other natural cleaning alternatives :

  • When doing craft projects with children, put a little baking soda into tempera paints. It keeps the paint fresh and smooth and makes it easier to clean up.
  • Want to go label-less but don't want to use a chemical goo remover? Use vinegar instead: apply several coats of white vinegar to labels or decals, give it time to soak in, and after a few minutes the label will rub off. Also use vinegar to remove no-slip decals from bathtubs: saturate the decals with hot vinegar, let sit, then remove.
  • Remove streaks from stainless steel by rubbing it with club soda.
  • Prevent moths with a homemade mixture that's fit to eat: Mix ½ C rosemary, ½ C mint, ¼ C thyme, ¼ C ginseng, and a pinch of cloves. Put in cheesecloth bags and distribute in closets and drawers.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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