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Keeping Your Home Sparkling Clean This Holiday Season

December 16, 2011

Baking soda is a  wonderful, all-natural cleaning product. It solves a myriad of household cleaning woes.

Sprinkle some on your counter-tops or stove for scouring. Use it to scrub pots and pans. The slightly abrasive quality will remove any baked-on food.

If you have problems with mold or mildew in fabric, books or furniture, sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let sit overnight. Brush it off in the morning.  Repeat the process until the mildew smell is gone.

Cover the inside of a litter box with a thin layer of baking soda before pouring in the litter. This will help deodorize her box and keep your house smelling fresh.

Pour a thin layer of baking soda into the base of your trash can to keep odor under control.

To clean pet stains, lightly dampen the surface and apply baking soda, creating a paste. Let dry and then brush off.  Repeat process until smell is gone.  

Use baking soda in your laundry to disinfect and brighten whites.  

Sprinkle baking soda around the inside rim of the toilet to remove any water stains. Scrub with a toilet brush.  

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda into any coolers that might be going into storage to keep mildew away.

Vinegar has a very distinctive smell that most of us do not like, but when it comes to cleaning with vinegar, it works.  

Add some vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water to clean counters, mirrors, the tub, and around the toilet.

You can also use your vinegar spray bottle to wash fruits and vegetables.

To clean and disinfect hardwood floors, add about 3/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water.

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