Cleaning and Laundry

Natural Household Cleaners

Natural Cleaners

You can bet that Granny didn’t have any newfangled cleaners from the store. She used what was already in her home! Nowadays, we see these types of products as “natural”. Using all-natural products to clean your house is always an option, especially if you're sensitive to harsh chemicals. Read ahead for some natural household products we've tested for cleaning the home.

  • Vinegar

    Diluted pure white vinegar does many jobs. It can: 

    • clean surfaces 
    • break down deodorant stains 
    • deodorize 
    • remove hard water deposits and soap scum 
    • shine up mirrors and glass

     

    Vinegar is great, but we need to remember that it isn’t a disinfectant. To sanitize surfaces, use a bleach solution or a store-bought sanitizing product. Find instructions on how to sanitize with bleach here.

     

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  • Baking Soda

    Trusty baking soda acts as a mild abrasive. It’s also good at getting off protein and grease stains from hard surfaces like cookware. Use a bowlful in your fridge or closet to act as a natural deodorizer.

  • Liquid Dish Detergent

    Everybody’s got some! Liquid dish detergent used at full strength can remove oil or grease stains on fabrics and hard surfaces. With a little elbow grease, it can also remove stickers from hard surfaces.  

  • Lemons

    If you want your house smelling lemony fresh, use lemons! The acid in lemon juice can reduce mineral deposits on surfaces. It’s also a natural deodorizer. When mixed with salt and steam, lemon juice can remove rust stains on fabrics.  

  • Rubbing Alcohol

    Not just for cuts and scrapes! Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to disinfect small surfaces like cell phones. Or, pour some on a cloth and use it to remove stickers from hard surfaces.

  • Cornstarch

    Sprinkle it on oil-based stains. It’s been known to absorb the excess oil. Cornstarch can soak up excess moisture in fabrics, carpets and on hard surfaces. Also, it’s a good deodorizer.

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