Baking Soda and Vinegar: So Many Uses!

Anyone trying to save money, use less chemicals in their homes and minimize the amount of trash their family puts in the landfills every year, might already be making homemade cleaning solutions---for everything from the kitchen to the bathroom and everything in between. In fact, if you have a bottle of white vinegar and a box of baking soda, you can get just about anything clean. One of the easiest cleaners to make is by mixing white vinegar and water----you can play around with the measurements and
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make it stronger or weaker according to your needs. I like to put it in a plastic spray bottle and use the solution to clean my sticky counter-tops, spills and splatters off the hardwood floor, the grime on the stove top, and the fingerprints off of door frames. It's so gentle I even use it to wipe down the leather couch. Vinegar doesn't smell after it dries and due to it's high acidity, it kills germs and bacteria. It's also environmentally friendly and very inexpensive. We have a stainless steel sink and the best way to get it clean? With the mild abrasive properties of baking soda. I make a thick paste by mixing baking soda and water (or you can add a few drops of  dish soap) and scrub it around with my hands. It rinses off easily and leaves the sink sparkly clean. It does the same for the stubborn ring of kid-grime left in the tub after numerous weekly baths. It's abrasive enough to clean but gentle enough that it won't scratch (most) surfaces. Baking soda also makes a great a natural deodorizer--it absorbs smells instead of masking them. Sprinkle it on your rugs and let it sit before vacuuming, sprinkle the bottom of your cloth diaper pail with it--you can even sprinkle baking soda on your dog before your brush him to help get rid of the "doggy smell!" There are dozens and dozens of more ways to use both baking soda and vinegar in your home and not just for cleaning the house---but that's another blog altogether. Do you make any of your own cleaning products and if so, which ones? Do you do it to save money or to use less chemicals or because it's better for the environment?
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  • vinegar on a carpet , sprinkel backing soda thick, breakes down ammonia crystels in pet pee. smell goes away after a vacumming. W0RKS WONDERS

    bob snyder on
  • These are great ideas!

    Anusha on
  • I use vinegar/ baking soda/ lemon juice to clean because it’s cheaper and effective as well as being generally gentle (although with anything acidic you have to be aware that damage can be caused) and safe for the environment.

    However, one point: one isn’t using them to use less chemicals because they are chemicals, along with everything else in the known universe. You can, however, get away from harmful chemicals (although knowing which takes some research).

    Thanks for the cleaning tips! :)

    Anne on
  • I use vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and water to wash fruits and veggies. I mop the floors andnclean the windows with vinegar/water.

    Courtney on

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