When your house calls for cleaning but your cleanser cabinet is bare, there’s no need to run out for more store-bought cleaning products. A search through your kitchen cupboards will turn up plenty of natural cleaning products to keep your house clean without damaging the environment.

Banana peels are perfect for polishing shoes; salt can make mildew disappear and vinegar does everything from making windows shine to clearing tough drains to softening old paint.
 
Here are few of our favorite natural alternatives to household cleaning products:
  • Copper Polish. Don’t reach for tarnish remover to polish up your copper-bottomed pans, make your own with this recipe - Cut a fresh lemon in half and sprinkle salt on it. Using the lemon, rub the salt into the copper and you’ll be amazed how fast the tarnish melts away.
  • Glass Cleaner. Fill a spray bottle with 1 quart water and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar. For larger jobs, like floor and tiles, add 1/4 cup white vinegar to 1-gallon hot water.
  • Sink & Toilet Cleaner. Mix a paste of either baking soda or borax with water and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Borax or baking sodas are also good alone to replace abrasive cleaners. For toilets, drop either a few vitamin C capsules or denture cleaning tablets in the bowl and let sit overnight.
  • Disinfectants. Mix 1/2-cup borax in 1 gallon of hot water for counters, floors, cabinets and tiles.
  • Drains. Pour 1/4-cup baking soda down the drain, and then follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover. When fizzing slows, flush with hot water.
  • Ovens. Use paste of baking soda and water. Scrub stains with steel wool.
  • Microwave.  Mix teaspoon of vinegar and lemon in cup of water and microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Furniture Polish. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil.
  • Mildew. Use equal parts white vinegar and salt. Or use strong Thyme tea.
  • Brass. Mix equal parts flour and salt into a small amount of vinegar.
With these recipes for natural cleaning products, you can save money and enjoy a clean house without heading out to the store for commercial alternatives.

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This is full of great ideas

This is full of great ideas for natural cleaning of your home. I wonder if you can provide some simple solution for maintaining, timber flooring? I would like to be able to offer customers options other than chemically based products. Thanks and regards!

smoke damage

after removing soot and cleaning wood as well as possible, try pure vanilla oil for removing the smoke smell...by rubbing it into the wood....it works well to add pure vanilla oil to enamel oil based paints when painting a room that has had smoke damage.

Looking for a way to clean some badly damaged wooden dressers

I need to know how to clean up some wood dressers that have bad smoke and soot damage. oak, Pine wood
want it to look like before.
Penny Ridgecrest ca