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Use equal parts water and white vinegar for the.

Common cleaning products often contain hazardous substances and emit dangerous, volatile fumes. Regular housecleaning with natural products prevents the build-up of dirt and grime, eliminating the need for any harsh chemicals.

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

Use equal parts water and white vinegar for the toilet, windows, wood, mirrors and counter tops. There is no need to rinse

Dish Soap

Use natural soap flakes. Add some vinegar to cut tough grease

Laundry Soap

1/3 cup washing soda
1 1/2 cups soap
Add 1/2 cup borax for whitening, water softening and removing soap scum. Magnetizing your water reduces the amount of cleaner needed by one-fourth to one-third. For lightly soiled laundry, use 1 cup of baking soda, borax or white vinegar.

Drains

Use a drain sieve as a preventive measure to avoid clogged drains. Also, never pour grease or food scraps down drains.If needed, pour 1/2 cup of the following mixture down the drain:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup salt
1/4 cup cream of tartar
Follow with some boiling water, then flush with cold water.

Oven Cleaner

Sprinkle your oven with water. Cover with baking soda. Leave overnight and wipe clean in the morning

Furniture Polish

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. white vinegar
4 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a soft cloth.

Silver Cleaner

Place silver in an aluminum pan in the bottom of your sink. Add hot water to cover, a few teaspoons of baking soda and a pinch of salt. After five minutes, turn the silver over. After another five to ten minutes, the silver should be clean. Rinse well and then dry.

Copper and Brass Cleaner

Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Scrub metal, rinse well and dry

Scouring/Deodorizing

Use baking soda as scouring powder. Rinse

Toilet Freshener

Use a few drops of an antiseptic essential oil such as lemon, lavender or pine in the bowl

Carpet Cleaner

Sprinkle cornstarch on dry carpet to absorb grease and dirt. Leave on for five minutes, then vacuum

Carpet Deodorizer

Sprinkle on baking soda. Leave for twenty minutes before vacuuming

Organize Your Cleaning Efforts

To eliminate clutter, recycle, sell or give away what you are not using. Set aside certain days for weekly chores and keep a calendar to remind you of monthly or bi-monthly chores. Have a convenient, organized place to store cleaning supplies. Hang brooms and mops with their heads up.

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