How to Make A Simple But Powerful Multipurpose Household Cleaner With Just 3 Ingredients

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Just a few different natural products can clean most of your home. Far, far cheaper than buying commercial cleaners, these simple compounds work hard, and they don’t contain the kind of toxic compounds that commercial cleaning products do. Keep your house free of unnecessary toxins with these eco-friendly alternatives.

Vinegar

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White vinegar (also known as distilled vinegar) works as an effective disinfectant and deodorizer. One part vinegar to ten parts water in a spray bottle will disinfect kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces. Let the solution soak for five to ten minutes before wiping it off with a rag. If you’re not fond of vinegar’s strong smell, add a few drops of lavender essential oil or lemon juice to the mix. Half a cup of vinegar mixed into a gallon of water makes a great window cleaner, especially when you use sheets of bunched up newspapers to wipe down the glass.

White vinegar also works as furniture or floor polish. Mix a quarter cup of vinegar with ¾ cup of olive oil, then wipe down the wood with a soft cloth soaked in this mixture, and watch it bring out the shine. And it will shine your hair in the same way, with the same recipe, followed by a warm water rinse.

Baking soda

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Baking soda is another most versatile household cleaner. It’s other name is sodium bicarbonate, and it’s really good at removing grime. Sprinkle it over a smelly carpet, add basil leaves, and leave it all to work for half an hour. Then vacuum it up. Baking soda also puts out a kitchen fire. It’s great for scrubbing toilets and tubs (mix two tablespoons in a cup of water to make a paste, apply it and scrub with a brush or rag), and also for oven cleaning (same ratio, but use a toothbrush to scrub it off).

You can unclog a stopped drain with baking soda and vinegar; pour a cup of each in and wait. It’s going to bubble up—remember the science fair volcanoes?—loosening up the clog underneath. Then pour a teakettle of boiling water down to flush the pipe. This is an especially helpful cleaner, because commercial drain cleaners are very nasty.

Baking soda also absorbs odors; besides keeping it in the refrigerator to soak up smells, it absorbs bathroom scents when kept in a discreet jar with holes in the lid (and works as toothpaste and shampoo too).

Lemon juice

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Lemon juice, a powerful citric acid, makes a mild but potent everyday cleaner. Squeeze pure lemon juice over tough stains on a cutting board, let it stand for ten minutes, then wipe it off. This removes grease and disinfects the board.
A few slices of lemon placed in a little bowl of water will freshen and deodorize the microwave. Heat the bowl on high for thirty to forty-five seconds, then wipe down the microwave’s surfaces. You can do the same thing in the oven; put a whole lemon inside and heat the oven to 300 degrees for fifteen minutes, leaving the door open a bit; the whole kitchen will smell lovely.

Earlier we mentioned baking soda cleans a toilet well; it works even better when combined with lemon juice. Sprinkle both into the toilet and let it fizz for a while, then scrub the bowl clean with a brush.

And, lemon juice also puts highlights in the hair and improves digestion. You can find bottles of pure lemon juice instead of buying lemons out of season (or consider planting a lemon tree).

Coconut oil

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Yet another good multi-purpose natural cleaning agent, coconut oil can be bought cheaply in bulk. A small amount on a rag works well as wood furniture polish. It can work in place of WD-40 and as a scrubbing agent to remove shower scum.

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