Here are a few tips to help you save money and clean your house safely:
• Cleaner for windows, mirrors, and stainless steel: Mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts tap water in a spray bottle. I personally use this as a kitchen surface cleaner also. Vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, so it is great for cleaning cutting boards, etc.
• Surface cleaner: Mix equal parts vinegar and salt. This is an all purpose cleaner, but it is especially good for brass and copper. You can also mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart warm water instead of a Mr. Clean-type cleanser or use baking soda on a damp sponge in place of Ajax or Comet. For grease or soap scum, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle for countertops and floors.
• Water deposit stains: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) in 1/2 gallon water. Use to remove water deposit stains on shower stall panels, chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
• To clean your microwave: Heat a (microwave safe) cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the cup and wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth.
• Dishwasher rinse aid: Add vinegar to the rinse compartment of the dishwasher. Wash as usual for a spot-free shine.
• Drain cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Close or cover the drain opening, and let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then pour a full kettle of boiling water down the drain.
There are many ways you can use natural products such as vinegar, soda, borax, and lemon juice to clean your home safely. For more ways to save money around your home – check out these money saving tips!
There are also many new environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are biodegradable to choose from at the stores. You can usually save a bundle if you make your own!