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Ten Cleaning Ingredients You Should Never Be Without

June 23, 2013

cleaning-bucket-e1367272429934Using natural ingredients to make your own household cleaners is a safer way to clean, plus  it can save you money.

Here are the top ten natural ingredients that I clean my home with:

1.  Baking Soda works wonders around my home.  It can be used to remove odors or it can be used as a mild scouring powder.

2.  Lemon Juice is used as a natural smelling bleach.  It works great on removing stains and grease.

3.  White Distilled Vinegar is wonderful for killing bacteria and germs because it is a natural anti-fungal.

4.  Borax is a mineral compound that works as an anti-fungal and disinfectant by eliminating odors and removing dirt.  It can be toxic if swallowed, suse with caution around children and pets.

5.  Olive Oil can be used to make a great furniture polish.

6.  Club Soda can be used to polish fixtures, like faucets.  Club soda also works as a stain remover.

7.  Liquid Castile Soap (vegetable based) works wonders as a disinfectant, grease-cutter, and all-purpose cleaner.

8.  Corn Meal is used to pick up carpet spills.

9.  3% Hydrogen Peroxide can be used as a bleach alternative, a disinfectant, and a stain remover.

10.  Essential Oils (pure), like lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemongrass, and eucalyptus, smell wonderful when added to your homemade cleaners.  Many of these oils even have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and insect-repelling properties.  Remember to use caution when handling pure essential oils, especially if you are pregnant.

What are some of your favorite natural ingredients that you clean your home with?


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