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.
Lemons to Clean Copper. 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.
Vinegar to Clean Glass. 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.
Baking Soda to Clean Bathrooms. 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.
Borax to Clean Surfaces. Mix 1/2-cup borax in 1 gallon of hot water for counters, floors, cabinets and tiles.
Vinegar and Hot Water to Clean 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.
Baking Soda and Water to Clean Ovens. Use paste of baking soda and water. Scrub stains with steel wool.
Vinegar and Lemon to Clean Microwaves. Mix teaspoon of vinegar and lemon in cup of water and microwave for 2 minutes.
Lemon Juice to Polish Furniture Polsh. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil.
Vinegar and Salt to Eradicate Mildew. Use equal parts white vinegar and salt. Or use strong Thyme tea.
Flour, Salt, and Vinegar to Clean Brass. Mix equal parts flour and salt into a small amount of vinegar.