How many cleaners do you have in your home? Do you have five, ten, or more? Did you know that if you have vinegar and baking soda, you can clean almost anything in your home?
You don’t need the new cleaning products on the market. Not only are they laden with chemicals, but they don’t really clean any better than homemade recipes.
Vinegar and baking soda, when used separately or together, can clean many of the items in your home just as well, if not better, than the cleaning products on the shelves of your local store. But what exactly can they be used for?
In the kitchen
Replace “Liquid Plumber” by putting the following ingredients into your drain: 1 cup table salt, 1 cup baking soda, and ½ cup plain white distilled vinegar. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes. Then, carefully pour two quarts of boiling water into the sink. Follow that with running water for at least one minute. Your sink should now flow freely, and it won’t pollute the Earth.
Clean your microwave by boiling a mixture of one-fourth of a cup of vinegar and one cup of water. Boiling this solution will create steam in your microwave that will help loosen any stuck-on food. Just remove the food with a soft cloth or sponge.
In the living room
Is your carpet stale? Sprinkle baking soda straight from the box onto your carpeting. Leave it on the carpet for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Your carpet will smell fresher, and you won’t be adding unneeded chemicals to your home. If you’d like a light fragrance, stir a few drops of essential oils into the baking soda, then use as described above.
Is that a stain on the carpet? Remove stains with a mixture of two tablespoons of salt dissolved in one-half cup of white distilled vinegar. Rub this mixture into the stain and let it dry. Vacuum the stain right up! Add two tablespoons of borax to the mixture if the stain is large or from a dark liquid.
What about the paneling? Does it look dull? Mix one pint of warm water, four tablespoons of vinegar, and two tablespoons of olive oil. This mixture, when applied to the paneling and left to soak into the wood, will clean your paneling. Polish the wood with a dry cloth to help revitalize it.
In the bathroom
Dip an old toothbrush into undiluted distilled white vinegar. Now scrub away the dirt and stains from the grout between the tiles in your shower or around your sink.
If your shower stall and doors need to be cleaned, make a solution of one-half cup white vinegar, and one-fourth cup of baking soda added to one gallon of warm water. Wipe down the walls and door with this solution immediately after a shower.
From these few hints, it’s obvious that you can clean your home without commercial products. With vinegar and baking soda, and maybe one or two other ingredients, you can clean your whole house. It’ll be healthier for your family because you didn’t use unnecessary chemicals to clean it.