Food isn’t just something tasty and nutritious you can stuff down your gullet.
In many cases, it can be used as an environmentally friendly and effective way to clean up around the house.
“As we begin to better understand the negative health and environmental effects of conventional cleaning products, using natural products to clean is much more important to consumers than ever before,” said Shasta Roehr-Smith, office manager with Molly Maid Edmonton.
That’s just one part of the message Molly Maid is working to get out this spring — use food you would otherwise throw away to clean up around the house, and maintain some of your household items, while reducing your reliance on the chemicals found in many cleaners.
“Instead of using harsh chemicals, you can actually use things like potato peels, egg yokes and all kinds of stuff you wouldn’t have even thought of,” Roehr-Smith said.
A lot of those food items have in them naturally occurring chemicals that can do the job just as well as, if not better than, the cleaners humans have spent years developing, cleaners that were designed to replicate the effects of those aforementioned food items.
For example, banana peels can be used to clean your silverware. Simply dip the inner surface of the peel into water and then wipe down the silverware. The antioxidants and potassium are what make the peel so effective.
Potato peels are great for removing rust as they contain oxalic acid that breaks down and removes rust. All you need to do is dip a peel into baking soda and scrub the rusted area.
If you want to get rid of fruit flies, basil leaves are a great choice. Just add some leaves to your fruit bowl — the strong scent and oil in the leaves will deter flies, with the added bonus of a fresh scent.
Those are just three to reuse leftover food, or make use of food that you bought but never ate, Roehr-Smith said.