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Natural Cleaning Products

Do you like to save money? Do you want to use fewer chemicals? Then you may want to look in your kitchen.

I am trying to wean myself from purchasing chemicals. There are a few products that I am beginning to use straight from my kitchen to use to clean my kitchen and around my apartment.

Distilled white vinegar is great when diluted a bit with water and it cuts through soap scum in the shower. I use it undiluted in the toilet to help with any of the mineral deposits along the water line. I also run it through my coffee maker to clean it of the same mineral deposits. (Run another full pot of water after the vinegar to remove the vinegar completely from the coffee maker.)

Lemons are great to remove the stains on a countertop, by rubbing a cut lemon over the stain. For stubborn stains, squeeze the juice of a lemon on the stain and let sit for about 20 minutes or more.

Baking soda is a good abrasive and cuts through grease and grime. Mix it into a paste before you scrub, or sprinkle directly onto the area.

Baking soda is also good for animal urine or feces. Remove any solids or blot up excess liquid. Then sprinkle it onto the area and scrub. It will help to neutralize the odor. Once dry, vacuum up.

These are just a few inexpensive ways to use natural ingredients to clean your home. I am sure there are others I do not know about yet.

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Adapted and resubmitted from original November 26, 2014 on Bubblews, but removed by author.

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MegL wrote on August 8, 2015, 3:03 PM

I must have a go at some of these. My son in law has asthma and my daughter uses these kinds of products because they don't exacerbate it.

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 3:07 PM

Just remember that it requires a bit more elbow grease than some of the chemical agents may require. emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 8, 2015, 3:22 PM

I have been using those for years, it isa lot safer around animals and children. That is why I am fighting so hard to find a safe mosquito repellant also. The others can be so dangerous

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 3:42 PM

It is just me, but once I am finished with all chemicals (I have paid for them), I will not buy them again, except for dishwasher detergent.

MegL wrote on August 8, 2015, 3:47 PM

There's that magic ingredient my grandmother used to talk about. I once asked my father where I could buy some!

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 8, 2015, 5:29 PM

I used everything up I had too, hated to throw all of that money out lol

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 5:48 PM

LOL I remember going into the garage to look for the can of it.

cheri wrote on August 8, 2015, 10:36 PM

I am also trying to make homemade cleaning products to save money. Thanks for these tips.

CoralLevang wrote on August 9, 2015, 10:57 AM

You are welcome, cheri . I used to do all sorts of things, back when I was young. Used to make my own baby wipes, face products, and so much more. I wish I could remember them all.

seren3 wrote on August 9, 2015, 1:57 PM

CoralLevang I use those too! There are lots of chemical smells at work - from adjoining businesses - so I need relief at home. I also make my own laundry detergent from equal parts of washing soda and baking soda. Then I grate a bar of natural (but not moisturizing) soap that has an appealing smell and mix it in. My current bucket of powder is scented lemon lime.

CoralLevang wrote on August 9, 2015, 2:05 PM

Where do you find "washing soda"??

AliCanary wrote on August 10, 2015, 1:18 PM

And the best thing is how incredibly inexpensive most of these things are!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 10, 2015, 4:57 PM

I am trying to be more conscious of the chemicals I use around the house and stick to more natural cleansers like white vinegar and baking soda.