Tried and True Cleaning Tips

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There are so many chemicals out there, do we really need to bring more of them into our homes? Clean your home without fancy chemicals, the way our grandparents did. This article covers the most popular ways to use baking soda , borax, white vinegar and other natural items to clean your home.

Things You’ll Need:

Step 1

To scrub something clean, you will need some type of scrubbing compound. Use baking soda with water, vinegar or lemon juice to scrub away stains. Lemon juice will make the baking soda fizzy, allowing the combination to remove grime and stuck on foods.

Step 2

To disinfect, bleach or deodorize your laundry, add a 1/2 cup of borax washing powder to your laundry detergent. Usually available in the laundry soap aisle, borax is a great cleaning agent. Keep out of the reach of children!

Step 3

Use distilled white vinegar to disinfect surface areas, remove grime from glass and to break up dirt. White vinegar will not stain surfaces like wine or apple cider vinegar.

Step 4

Hydrogen peroxide has over 100 uses, from bleaching hair to killing germs. You can gargle with it, wash white laundry with it (nasty yellowed socks really need hydrogen peroxide) and create highlights in your hair with it. Just add a tablespoon of peroxide to 1 cup of water and put it in a spray bottle to use as a home disinfectant. No costly packaging involved.

Step 5

Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits available. The juice of one lemon can cut the grease from a fry pan, remove onion smell from your hands and freshen up a garbage disposal. Fresh squeezed lemon juice works much better than bottled lemon juice. Add a few squirts to your toilet water with a tablespoon of peroxide to clean your toilet bowl.

Step 6

Olive oil is one of the original furniture polishes. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil on a clean rag and buff the wood furniture in your home to remove dirt, smudges, and nasty finger prints. This is one product where the cheaper oil outperforms the more expensive ones.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use all cleaning products in a well ventilated area, even natural cleaning products.
  • Start with small amounts and mix with one cup of water until you get the mixture to the strength you need it to do the job you need done.
  • Never leave hydrogen peroxide or borax in the reach of children. Both products can be dangerous if used incorrectly or in large amount
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