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Made of the natural mineral sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is the perfect scouring agent. Sprinkle a touch on sinks, tubs, tile, chrome, steel, enamel or plastic and rub with a damp sponge or cloth. According to Arm & Hammer, baking soda is abrasive enough to lift dirt and stains, but it won’t scratch shiny appliance surfaces.
An acidic liquid processed from the fermentation of ethanol, vinegar cuts through grease and grime like a charm. According to The Vinegar Institute, you can add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water to clean non-wax floors. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white distilled vinegar to clean windows, wipe down refrigerators, stoves, bathroom shower doors, bathroom fixtures, and toilet bowls.
If it’s a fresh smell you’re after, look no further than lemons, one of the most acidic foods with a pH so low that it can kill most household bacteria. Fill a spray bottle with lemon juice and use it to deodorize hands after handling fish, garlic, onions or other smelly foods. Lemon juice can also be used to sanitize toothbrushes, shine jewelry, and deodorize smelly garbage disposals and drains.
Club Soda is simply plain water into which carbon dioxide gas has been dissolved and it’s great for removing stains! In fact, the liquid laundry detergent Cheer even offers tips on the best ways to use Club Soda on fabrics and carpets. Simply pour club soda on the stain and blot with a rag. The soda's carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda thwart staining. Club Soda may also be used to clean gems (soak them overnight), clean your car windshield of bird droppings, and remove rust.
It’s derived from corn kernels. How much more natural can you get than maize? Use cornstarch to polish furniture, shampoo rugs, and deodorize a stubborn dog that refuses a bath (simply rub cornstarch into his fur and then brush it out. The cornstarch will absorb dirt and oils).