Sometimes cleaning takes more than soap and water. But chemicals in common cleaning products remain a cause for concern as they may release harmful toxins.
They can also be hazards to safety, especially in a house full of kids or animals. You may already have items that can clean and disinfect just as effectively as store bought cleaning agents.
Here are crucial items that should be part of every cleaning kit. Baking soda, when mixed with water, makes a paste that effectively cleans sinks and other hard surfaces. Mixing it with warm water cleans silver and removes tarnish.
Vinegar is handy in all domestic areas, whether cleaning the kitchen or doing laundry.
Adding a half-cup of vinegar to a cycle of a laundry can saturate colors that have gone dull. You can also ‘bleach’ white clothes by boiling one-part vinegar and one-part water and letting the articles of clothes soak in the mixture overnight. Vinegar is also great in the kitchen and bathroom. Dabbing a washcloth in vinegar and wiping down stainless steel restores the appliance’s shine without leaving watermarks.
Lemon juice, like vinegar, can be used to ‘bleach’ items.
However, it is more effective used as a deodorant or mixed with hot water to clean inside microwaves and other small appliances. To loosen build up in the microwave, place a bowl of water with several squeezes of lemon juice in it into the microwave and heat for one minute. The steam from the water mixed with the lemon’s citric acid erodes the grime away, so you can easily wipe the microwave down.
Tools for cleaning can also be easy to find and you may have some lying around already. Old toothbrushes are great for scrubbing bathrooms and grout between kitchen tiles. Just make sure you disinfect them first.
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