What natural ingredients can be used for household cleaning?

I just started using vinegar, water and and lemon juice as a replacement cleaner. Anyone else use it? What tips would you have.


Asked by lizzeh at 3:28 PM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Vinegar and water work well as a window cleaner. Wet the cloth and clean the window, then dry with newspaper.

    Answer by Bmat at 3:30 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I like using vinegar and lemon juice and baking powder as cleaners. There's a lot you can do with it. If you put a bowl of lemon juice and water in the microwave and heat it for 1 1/2 minutes then wipe the microwave out with a damp rag it will clean it and deodorize it. Use 1/2 cup vinegar in a load of towels when you wash them to remove the residues of fabric softeners and it makes the towels fluffy and absorbent. Use lemon juice undiluted to bleach stains on a counter top. Oh, and a good way to keep a room smelling fresh (not anything to do with lemon juice/vinegar) without using air fresheners is to put some vanilla extract on a cotton ball and tuck the cotton ball out of sight n the room. Also for large rooms you can dab vanilla onto unlit light bulbs and when you turn the lights on and they heat up, you get the scent of the vanilla.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:32 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I use vinegar to clean. I just put like 1/3 vinegar and the rest water in a spray bottle I bought from Big Lots and use that to clean some things. I use straight vinegar to clean the toilet. Baking soda for bathtub and sink. I also use vinegar as a conditioner for my hair :)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 3:51 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • My mother swore by vinegar water for cleaning windows. She would also dry them off with newspapers. Her windows were sparkling.


    Answer by lynnem1211 at 4:02 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I have tile floors all over my house...I always mop with vinegear and water. It doesn't smell great as your mopping but it cleans really well and you can't smell the vinegar once it has dried. That way I don't worry about my little crawler getting floor cleaner in her mouth.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 5:40 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I use vinegar and water plus a drop of dish washing liquid. The dish liquid helps it do the job and if you would like a more quick drying formula, add some rubbing alcohol. I tried using newspapers to wipe with but found it no longer works because they now use soy ink which smears like crazy!

    Answer by TessaBianca at 6:16 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I use vinegar for everything! I make my own all purpose and glass cleaner and they both contain vinegar. I like to know what cleans my floors, tables and countertops!!

    Answer by xojamiemarieox at 7:59 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Yep. I use vinegar. And a combo of baking soda and vinegar if I need a mild abrasive...like in the stainless sinks and drains. You have to really rinse that baking soda though..it leaves a dull residue obviously.


    Answer by EiEiO at 8:40 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Vinegar is great for getting hard water stains off - use it in the shower, in the sinks, etc. It's also a good deodorizer.

    Answer by hockeyma22 at 1:35 AM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • Vinger is a good sterilizer.I am sure many people know about how vinger cleans coffee machines.

    Answer by Jeffsmom87 at 9:37 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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