White Vinegar

On surfaces, vinegar cuts grease, disinfects, and deodorizes. It will even dissolve soap scum and hard water stains. Mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Test first as vinegar is acidic. Do not use on tile grout or marble surfaces.

Use vinegar in place of a commercial fabric softener. Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle. Vinegar breaks down detergent more effectively which is great for those with detergent sensitivities.

Don’t worry, the smell will disappear as it dries.

Lemon Juice

Kills most household bacteria and dissolves soap scum, lime, and hard water deposits.

For more heavy-duty cleaning, sprinkle some baking soda on the cut half of a lemon and use it as a scrubber.

Baking Soda

Scours like any commercial abrasive cleaner and also deodorizes.

Mix baking soda with lemon juice or vinegar to make a cleaning paste.

And the old standby – place a box of baking soda in an enclosed area (ex. cabinets, refrigerator, etc.) to effectively absorb odors.

Quick Tips

Start cleaning at the top and work down. This keeps you from dripping cleaner or getting dirt or dust on surfaces that you’ve already cleaned.

Do “dry” cleaning (ex. dry dusting, sweeping, etc.) first then the “wet” cleaning.  The more debris you remove dry, the less likely you are to spread it onto wet surfaces causing streaking or clouding.

In a pinch, microfiber cloths or plain old paper towels are very effective at quickly lifting dirt or grease without any cleanser at all.