10 natural ingredients for cleaning

Natural ingredients are widespread amongst housekeepers in their fight against commercial toxic cleansers. Most of these easy-to-find ingredients are of everyday use. But you might want to know that you can clean just about anything using homemade cleaning solutions.

Some of these are amazingly powerful for removing tough stains, spills or grime. Are you interested to learn more? Look at the natural methods you could use to make your home shine with cleanliness.

Baking soda is known for its whitening and deodorizing effect.

An open jar filled with baking soda, placed inside the fridge, freezer, trash can or cupboards, has the power of absorbing odors and moisture.

Baking soda mixed with warm water is the ideal non-abrasive scrubbing paste to whiten your sink or bathtub and even cut grease.

Lemon is widely used for removing odors and stains, as it acts as natural bleach.

Squeeze some lemon juice in water (or cut a lemon in half and add a little water) and place it inside the microwave. Turn it on for a few minutes and it would be easier to wipe the interior clean.

Put lemon slices in the kitchen sink to remove odors. Orange or lemon peels can be put through the garbage disposal to freshen the drain.

Use lemon halves to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains. Lemon juice can be also used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

Salt is a multipurpose mineral.

Mix salt and dish soap to make a soft scrub for cleaning stains on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc. It has also deodorizing effect.

Salt sprinkled over wine stains absorbs moisture.

Coffee grounds are often used to remove odors.

Ketchup (tomato sauce) is used for rust cleaning.

Mayonnaise can be used for removing water marks left by wet glasses on wooden tables.

Vinegar is a powerful all-purpose cleaner.

The deodorizing and disinfecting action of a solution with water and vinegar in equal parts is appropriate for cleaning most areas of your home.

Orange and cinnamon

Make a mixture of water, 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves to create a natural air freshener. Make sure not to let the water evaporate off completely.

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