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What do baking soda, lemons, white vinegar and corn starch all have in common? They make great inexpensive and environmentally friendly household cleaning products. If you have hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol available, you have a full arsenal of ingredients to make household cleaners.

Not only are these household items relatively inexpensive but they are also better for you because they're free of toxins and other hazardous materials. Baking soda works well for removing stains, it's a mild abrasive to clean countertops, pots and pans, appliances, bathtubs and so much more. Fresh lemons and vinegar cut though grease and wax buildup. Rubbing alcohol disinfects everything and doesn't leave an unpleasant lingering odour. Corn starch works wonders for cleaning up fresh grease spots; apply to greasy area, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and vacuum. Voila!

Here is a list of recipes that make great household cleaners:

All-Purpose Cleaner
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2 litres of water

Mix together, store and keep. This is great for removing water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom and kitchen chrome fixtures, windows and mirrors.

Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

Pour into the toilet bowl and let set for a few minutes, scrub with a brush and rinse.

Bathtub and Tile Cleaner
Apply baking soda directly to a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

Window Cleaning Solution
2 teaspoons of white vinegar
1 litre warm water

Mix together and pour into a spray bottle. The trick is to use a black and white newspaper or a cotton cloth to wipe the windows clean.

Wood Polish
a few drops of lemon oil
1/2 cup warm water

Mix together and spray onto wood surface. Wipe with a soft cotton cloth, followed by wiping once more with a dry soft cotton cloth.

Bathroom Mould and Mould in Tile Grout
one part hydrogen peroxide
two parts water

Mix together and place in a spray bottle. Spray mouldy grout and wait at least one hour before rinsing off.

Stained Dishes
Soak stained dishes in a solution of eight cups of water to one cup of vinegar.

Air Freshener Suggestions
Baking soda mixed with lemon juice in small bowls strategically placed around the house will absorb odours.

Household plants help reduce odours within the home.

To prevent lingering cooking odours, simmer one tablespoon of white vinegar in one cup of water on the stove while cooking.

Fresh coffee grounds placed in a bowl on the counter will absorb unwanted odours. This also works well in the fridge. Replace the coffee grounds every two moths.

Sanitize Countertops and Cutting Boards
Rub a slice of lemon across the surface. For tough stains, squeeze fresh lemon juice directly onto the stain. Never apply lemon to granite countertops, it will bleach the colour out of the granite.

Other Tips
Place sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the trash can. Not only will it help absorb any spillage from a torn garbage bag but it will also help with absorbing unwanted odours.


To clean the microwave, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a small bowl of water and microwave it for five minutes. The steam will help loosen baked-on food bits which will now be easy to wipe away.


Mix a cap full of mouth wash into a gallon of warm water to wash vinyl and tile flooring.


Pour a can of cola or drop two antacid tablets into the toilet bowl and let soak for an hour then scrub with a brush and rinse. This gets rid of mineral deposits and rust stains.


White vinegar is great for removing scum, grime and mildew from your bathtub, tile and shower curtain. As well, it's great for polishing chrome or stainless steel surfaces.


Use a new tennis ball to wipe off and remove scuff marks off painted walls, tile, wood products and vinyl surfaces.


Dryer laundry sheets work well to dust wood. It helps to repel fine dust as well as polish the wood surface.

Comments

Alex on Feb 26, 2013 1:21 AM
Wow these are great tips, thanks!

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