Open up anyone’s cleaning closet and you’ll find a cluttered space overflowing with a collection of expensive, over-commercialized products. Want a simpler option? Try vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. All inexpensive, natural products, they easily replaces the harmful chemicals in cleaners, and have a wide range of uses, from kitchen to bathroom.
Produce: After you’ve bought your fresh fruits and veggies, give them a thorough clean with this produce spray. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda, and the juice from ½ a lemon into a spray bottle. Spray the produce and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing well.
Counters and Faucets: Wipe with full strength vinegar or lemon juice. Coat stains with a paste of baking soda and water, let stand for several minutes, use a cloth to remove.
Microwave: Combine 2 tbsp vinegar with 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave until at a boil. The stubborn splats and stains will have softened to wipe clean.
Oven: Make a paste with baking soda and water, and apply to entire inner oven surface. Let sit for several hours. Wipe away with a wet sponge.
Coffeemaker & Kettle: Dissolve discoloring and scaling by running a full cycle/boiling with full strength vinegar. Finish by repeating with water to rinse.
Bathtub & Shower: Clean with full strength vinegar to wipe away soap scum.
Showerhead: Remove and soak overnight in full strength vinegar to remove corrosion.
Drain: Deodorize by pouring 1 cup vinegar into your drain, let stand for 30 minutes, then flush with cold water. For nasty clogs, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. If this isn’t doing the trick, follow baking soda instead with a ½ cup vinegar, tightly covering the drain to allow the reaction to take place. Then flush liberally with boiling water.
Copper cookware: Combine 1 tbsp salt with 1 tbsp all-purpose flour. Slowly add vinegar until you’ve made a thick paste. Rub generous amounts of paste into the copper pot/pan using a soft cloth. Rinse well with water.
Windows: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. For streak-free windows, wipe with newspaper rather than paper towel.
Carpet: Remove carpet stains by saturating the stain in club soda. Blot with an old towel. Deodorize carpets by sprinkling a cup of club soda per room, letting stand for 30 minutes, then vacuum.
Hardwood floor: Mix ¼ vinegar with 4 cups water into a spray bottle. Spray solution directly onto your mop.