The Triad of Natural Cleaning Wonders

Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Lemon Juice!

They were what your mother and grandmother used; and with good reason! They make excellent cleaning products, are cheap, and are good for you and the environment.


Vinegar is the best multipurpose cleaner there is, in my opinion. When using vinegar to clean, always dilute with an equal amount of water. Store in a spray bottle for easy use. Don’t worry…the smell disappears as the vinegar evaporates and dries.

Can be used:

     In the kitchen:

  • Countertops
  • Floors
  • Sinks
  • Drains
  • Garbage disposals
  • Appliances

     In the bathroom:

  • Bathtub
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Drains
  • Countertops
  • Floor
  • Mirrors (Mix 1 liter water, 1/4 cup vinegar, & 2 tbsp lemon juice. Store and use in spray bottle)

     In the laundry room:

  • Washer
  • Use as a fabric softener (add 1/2 cup to rinse cycle)
  • Also helps break down soap residue for cleaner laundry


Can be used:

  • To kill mold and mildew (when mixed with an equal part baking soda and applied to spot as a paste, leave on for 2 hours, rinse)
  • As a bleaching agent to whiten laundry (for whites, add 1 cup, or more, depending on the severity of the stains, to rinse cycle)
  • As a cleaner and freshener of garbage disposals
  • As a polish for hardwood furniture (1/2 cup lemon juice + 1 cup olive oil)
  • As a brass and copper cleaner
  • As a dish cleaner (use a lemon peel and cover inside with baking soda to scrub)


Can be used:

  • To snuff small grease fires (sprinkle POUR the whole box of baking soda on the fire!!)
  • To prevent clogged drains (pour 1/4 cup down drain and rinse down with hot water)

     As a deodorizer for:

  • Carpets (shake onto carpet; let stand at least 1 hour; vacuum. The longer the baking soda remains, the better it works)
  • Refrigerators/Freezers (put a box in each to absorb odors)
  • Trash cans (use as needed)
  • Laundry (mix one cup into start cycle)
  • Laundry hamper (add a little on top of clothes each day to keep any smells at bay)
  • Shoes (sprinkle a little bit inside, leave for 1 hour without wearing, shake out excess)
  • Cat litter box (mix in with fresh litter, or sprinkle over used litter)
  • Pet bedding (simply sprinkle a little on)
  • Your dog or cat (sprinkle on your pet before brushing to deodorize between baths)
  • You! (apply to underarms instead of using harsh chemical deodorants)

     As a cleaner for:

  • Hairbrushes (soak in a sink full of warm water with 1 teaspoon baking soda for 1 hour)
  • Children’s toys (soak in 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups warm water for 20 minutes then rinse well)
  • Sponges (soak in 4 tbsp baking soda and 4 cups hot water; place saturated (really wet) sponge into microwave for 2 minutes on high to kill bacteria *Note: To guard against the risk of fire, people who wish to sterilize their sponges at home must ensure that the sponge is completely wet. Two minutes of microwaving is sufficient for most sterilization. Sponges should have no metallic content)

Be careful with using baking soda on certain easily chipped metals; it is a very abrasive substance.

For more natural products that can be used for cleaning, read this.



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