Vinegar is cheap and very versatile. It cuts grease, kills odors, and cleans most surfaces quite well. Vinegar breaks down minerals caused by hard water.
STAINLESS STEEL: Brighten up your stainless steel surfaces with undiluted white vinegar or lemon oil. Pour a small amount onto a clean soft cloth and rub the surface. Using another clean soft cloth, polish.
DRAIN CLEANER: Have a slow drain? Pour baking soda in the drain. Follow with vinegar. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will dissolve the build-up and break up clogs. When it stops fizzing, pour some boiling water down the drain.
Baking soda is also a cheap natural product that can be found in grocery stores. Baking soda cleans surfaces and helps bring out the shine of faucets and like items. It is a great scouring powder and deodorizes.
CARPET FRESHENER: Freshen smelly carpets by sprinkling baking soda over the carpet, allowing to sit for about 20 minutes to absorb the odors, then vacuum.
Yes, regular tea bags used to make your favorite cup of tea. Tea cleans hardwood floors and wood trim exceptionally well. Steep two tea bags in warm water and wash your hardwood floors.
Borax is a great alternative to chlorine bleach. It is a disinfectant, laundry booster, and cleaner. Borax can be found in the laundry detergent section of most retailers.
ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER: Make a great all-purpose cleaner by mixing 1 teaspoon of borax with 1 quart of water.
Lemon oil removes stains, deodorizes and brings out shine. Great for polishing wood furniture. Lemon oil can be found in the cleaning section with the furniture polishes.
RUBBING ALCOHOL –
Rubbing alcohol is cheap and easy to find. It is an excellent glass cleaner and disinfects many surfaces.
GLASS CLEANER: In a spray bottle, combine 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup water. Spray onto glass and wipe clean with a paper towel.
Peroxide is a bleaching agent, so be careful where you use this item. It kills mold and bleaches. Use peroxide and a brush to remove subborn mold and mildew stains.