March 23, 2010

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: Cheap Cleaning Tips

I'm not a huge fan of chemical cleansers in the home, neither is my budget. We use chemical toilet bowl cleaners and when the flu bug is in the house we use anti-bacterial sprays, etc. But when it comes to regular cleaning, nothing can beat some great ingredients you more than likely have on hand in your kitchen. Vinegar (distilled white) and baking soda. Two very powerful cleaners that are inexpensive and very helpful...especially combined!

Here's a list of ideas that we find handy:

Vinegar in the laundry is great to clean some smelliness out of the washer but did you know that you can use it as an inexpensive fabric softener? You're clothes won't smell like vinegar afterward, either. Just add 1/4 cup to the rinse cup.

I sprinkle baking soda in the bathtub and then with a vinegar soaked rag scrub away and rinse with water. It gets the soap scum off and is sparkling clean!

For an odor free carpet just sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then vacuum.

I'm sure you all know to put a box of opened baking soda in your refrigerators to keep the smellies away!

Run out of toothpaste? Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in the palm of your hand, wet your toothbrush, dip it in the baking soda and brush away. If you have some mint flavoring you could add that for a fresh minty taste.

For more vinegar cleaning tips visit this Vinegar Tips site.
For more baking soda cleaning tips visit this Green Living site.

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Karla said...

I've been adding vinegar to my laundry and also a tsp. of baking soda (doesn't break down the fabric like bleach). Like, like! Very soft and clean (and definitely NOT vinegar-y smelling, either!)

Carmen at Old House Homestead said...

Ooh! I'll have to try the baking soda, Karla! Thanks for the tip! : )

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