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Natural House Cleaning Tips

Commercial cleaning products haven't always been around, but dirt has. How did people get things clean before Comet and Lysol? They used many different natural cleaning compounds such as lye, vinegar, and baking soda (which has been around since the 1800's), and essential oils like lemon and lavender. Since the cleaning supply market has been flooded with products for every cleaning job available, people often forget about the natural alternatives. Most natural products are easily available at a fraction of the cost of other supplies; you probably have many of these things in your pantry at this moment. Listed below are some house cleaning tips for using natural cleaning supplies.

House cleaning tips for using baking soda

Baking soda is the most versatile product on the market. It can be used for cooking, cleaning, deodorizing and stain removal, among other things. Mixed with vinegar, baking soda can be a drain cleaner and a spot remover. Baking soda and water in a fine paste can be used as a mild abrasive for cleaning countertops and sinks. If you have carpet odors, sprinkle dry baking soda on the carpet and let it sit overnight. When you vacuum it up in the morning, the soda will have absorbed many, if not all, of the odors. These are just a few of the many house cleaning tips available for using baking soda. There are actually websites devoted specifically to the many, many uses of baking soda.

House cleaning tips for using vinegar

Besides baking soda, white vinegar is the most widely used natural cleaner. Vinegar can remove lime scale and hard water deposits on showerheads and faucets. The easiest way to do this is to fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar, place it around the shower head or faucet and secure it with a rubber band. White vinegar can also be used as a window cleaner; just mix a solution of about ½ vinegar and ½ water and use it to wash your windows. You can then dry the windows with newspapers to prevent streaking. You don't get much more environmentally friendly than that. As with baking soda, there are almost unlimited uses to vinegar and lemons. And like baking soda, there are websites devoted entirely to the cleaning power of vinegar.