Mix one part white vinegar (white vinegar cleans everything!) with three parts water. To ensure a streak free shine, pick up a micro-fiber cloth or use a blackboard eraser for the final wipe down. If you are still seeing streaks try an old housekeeper trick and use old newspaper to wipe. We have no idea why it works so much better than regular paper towels but the difference is amazing.
Tile and Grout Cleaner
The same diluted white vinegar solution that cleans hardwood can be applied to tile surfaces. To eliminate any build-up on your grout, mix water and baking soda and make sure you have a sturdy sponge or brush to scrub until everything looks brand new.
Vacuum away hair and debris before addressing any trouble spots. Dissolve a tablespoon of salt into ¼ of a cup of white vinegar and use a rag to blot deep set stains. If you have kids or pets that commonly spill on the rug or your family has a bad habit of leaving their shoes on and tracking things inside then chances are your rug will start to absorb some unpleasant odors from time to time. To freshen things up, sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it up.
As you can see, you can tackle pretty much any job without using harsh chemicals or expensive store-bought products. Homemade products are much gentler and often leave more your home smelling much more natural than the manufactured citrus scent we have come to expect from our cleaning products.
Of course, without the chemicals, your homemade cleaners are not quite as powerful as some of the cleaning agents that you are used to. No need to be alarmed, the trick is simply to keep on top of your cleaning and practice preventative cleaning. For individual messes not covered in this guide we recommend checking around the site for cleaning tricks. You would be amazed at how far you can get with a little knowhow and a number of items that you probably already have in your pantry.
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