How to Spring Clean Without Harsh Chemicals

Ditch the harsh chemicals this year and instead use some common household items for a spring cleaning that leaves everything fresh without having to open windows except to enjoy fresh air.

1. White vinegar is possibly the most versatile item in the cupboard. Combine it with baking soda to clean toilet bowls or mix it with liquid detergent and water for a gentle glass cleaner. Use 1/4 cup of vinegar in the laundry to stop colors from running, and combine it in a spray bottle with water, hydrogen peroxide for an every day cleaner.

2. Lemon juice is good for a variety of cleaning chores, too. When it’s used with baking powder as a paste, it takes care of mold and mildew on tile and shower curtains. Pour it down a garbage disposal with baking soda to clean and deodorize, and use it with Borax to clean, disinfect and deodorize the toilet bowl.

3. Baking soda isn’t just for absorbing odors in the fridge (see #2). Use it with water for a paste that cleans grout and on a moistened sponge to remove scuff marks from vinyl.

4. Toothpaste is a great carpet stain remover as long as it’s the paste, non-whitening formula. Rub a bit of toothpaste on the stain and let it sit for a while, then wipe it up with a damp cloth.

5. Rubbing alcohol can be used a substitute for vinegar to avoid potentially damaging surfaces with the acid in vinegar and to clean without the vinegar odor. But, rubbing alcohol is also good for getting rid of paint drips on carpet; soak up excess paint and pour a small amount of alcohol on the spot, then rub it with a damp cloth.

For more great tips about cleaning check out these links:

How to Clean Most Kitchen and Bath Fixtures

4 Easy Tips for Cleaning Light Fixtures

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