Natural Cleaning Recipes

Cleaning With Baking Soda Baking soda is an abrasive. It is used to polish and whiten. It does a great job scrubbing. Baking soda has a high pH, and is a natural and effective deodorizer, that does not mask, but actually eliminates odors at the source, by changing the pH and neutralizing the odor in its tracks. Because baking soda is abrasive, it can be used straight out of the box as a scouring powder.

Cleaning With Vinegar White vinegar is an acid. It's unique properties make it an effective grease cutter, and it will stop mold and mildew in its tracks. Vinegar is non-toxic and does not leave any residue. or smell). We go through gallons of it each week washing hardwood, vinyl or linoleum floors. Be careful to use only plain white vinegar, and not any flavored or apple cider variety. Since it is an acid, do not use it on any stone or marble surface as it will actually etch the surface.

Make Your Own Soft Scrub Cleanser For homemade soft scrub cleanser, mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with enough liquid detergent to make a cleansing liquid. You can apply the cleanser and scrub with a sponge to clean. This works very well in sinks or the bathtubs. Simply rinse it off when you are done cleaning and it washes off easily and will not leave any grit behind.

Window & Glass Cleaner

•·         ½ tsp liquid detergent

•·         3 tbsp. vinegar

•·         2 cups water

Mix all ingredients into spray bottle. Use just like you would regular glass cleaner.

Copper & Brass Cleaner

You can easily clean and scour both copper and brass by mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar with two tablespoons of salt. Apply with a sponge and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Any grime will come right off.

Carpet Freshener

Use baking soda as a carpet freshener. Just sprinkle some baking soda on your dry carpet and let it sit about 15 minutes before vacuuming to freshen it nicely.


All purpose cleaner

•·         ½ tsp baking soda

•·         Dab of liquid soap

•·         2 cups of hot tap water

Combine these ingredients in to a spray bottle and mix thoroughly

Furniture Polish

•·         ½ tsp mineral oil

•·         ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice

Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray and use a soft cotton rag to shine and clean your wood surfaces. Use a dry portion of the cloth to shine, polish and dry.

Clogged Drains

A one-to-one ratio of baking soda with cider vinegar can blast drains clean. Pour the mixture down a slow-moving drain and follow with hot water. Do not do this if you have already tried commercial drain cleaner - you could cause a dangerous chemical reaction.


Straight vinegar on a damp, soft cloth should be able to clean marks and smears on all of those high-end stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen.

Floor Cleaner

One half cup of white vinegar mixed into one gallon of hot water will clean all of your washable floor surfaces.


Rust Stains

If you have rust stains in your sink or bathroom, sprinkle the stain with salt and squeeze a lemon over the salt. Let it sit for several hours and then scrub it clean.

Molded Grout

Grout that has mold can be cleaned by squeezing lemon juice on it, and then scrubbing after letting it sit for 30 minutes.



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