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Look to the Pantry for Non-Toxic Cleaning Power

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Living a simpler, more healthful life is the goal for many families today and eliminating the use of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients from their home environment is a great way to accomplish this. If you would like to live in a naturally clean, fresh home, but aren’t sure where to begin, you can start by taking a short walk to your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

Basic Pantry Ingredients Have Provided Safe Cleaning Power for Generations

Our great-grandmothers did not have shelf after shelf of commercial cleaning products to choose from when they shopped, nor did they have the funds to purchase a product for each type of cleaning chore they needed to do. Instead, they opted for basic, economical ingredients that could be used in many different ways around the home. The cleaning needs of today can actually be handled just as effectively. Here are four of these very versatile ingredients and some information to help you get the best results from their use.

Baking Soda

Much more than just a rising agent for baked goods, baking soda is an inexpensive cleaning and freshening agent for many uses in the home, including:

  • A carpet freshener – just sprinkle onto carpets, allow to sit for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum off to refresh carpets and help remove odors
  • A safe cleanser for tile, porcelain, sinks and counters – sprinkle some on a damp sponge, scour and rinse to remove stains, odors and stubborn dirt
  • A polish for silver – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and one part water and use to polish silver, then rinse and dry thoroughly
  • A laundry freshener – add one-quarter cup of baking soda per load to get cleaner, fresher laundry

Lemon Juice

Whether you use fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice, it has the power to:

  • Freshen the microwave – add one cup of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice to a microwavable glass cup or bowl, microwave on high until it boils and then turn it off and leave it inside the appliance for at least ten minutes to steam clean the interior before opening the door and wiping the interior clean with a soft dry cloth
  • Use 7 parts water and 1 part lemon juice to make a cleansing spray – use the spray to clean and sanitize glass, counters, and mirrors, as well as sinks, to remove grime and leave a lemony-clean scent

Washing Soda

Washing soda is found in the laundry section of most grocery stores and was once a staple in most homes. It comes in a large box that makes it very economical to use. This highly alkaline substance can help with cleaning tasks by:

  • Adding 1/4 cup to each load of laundry to boost detergent action
  • Adding 1/2 cup to a gallon of warm water to make a powerful, yet safe cleaner for floors and walls

Distilled White Vinegar

Most of us already have a bottle of distilled white vinegar on hand to use in recipes, but this tangy liquid is also a wonderful cleaning and freshening agent.
Use distilled white vinegar to:

  • Wipe window and door sills clean to remove much and stains and discourage insect activity
  • Use at 50/50 concentration with water as a spray to remove grease, clean glass, mirrors and sanitize cutting boards and food prep areas

If you have doubts about whether these cheap, readily available ingredients can handle tough cleaning tasks, consider scheduling an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog of The Hamptons to come clean your home. Their all-natural cleaning methods have convinced thousands of customers that a natural clean is a healthy clean.

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Eliminate Mold & Mildew with Non-toxic Ingredients!

Mold and mildew are unavoidable in high humidity parts of the home, due mainly to the rapid pace at which they grow. However, regular cleaning with non-toxic ingredients can help keep these black growths at bay. Instead of reaching for bleach or toxic scrubbing solutions, reach for green products, such hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and baking soda instead. To protect your health, it’s best to put on disposable gloves and a mask to avoid breathing in any of the mold or mildew spores.


Vinegar is a safe and powerful, all natural cleaning solution. Although vinegar has multiple uses in the home, it is an effective mold and bacteria killer. For best results, apply it directly to any mold-infected surface using a spray bottle for easy application. Don’t dilute the vinegar with water, as the full strength is needed to be most effective. Let the vinegar sit until it is dry for the best results. Then, scrub the area with a microfiber to remove any remaining discoloration. If you find the scent of vinegar repugnant, add essential oils that have antimicrobial properties, such as lavender, lemon or tea tree. Vinegar also works well as a daily shower spray to prevent the onset and growth of mold and mildew.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is the perfect natural alternative for killing mold and mildew, as well as removing stains, especially tile grout. This sanitizer has a mild bleaching effect, so it should not be used on colored objects. Opt for a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide for best results. Simply pour the hydrogen peroxide on the area and let it sit for an hour before wiping it off. After letting it sit, scrub the grout with a toothbrush and then rinse clean with warm water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda works well as an abrasive to remove mold and mildew spores. Combine a small amount with either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to scrub away mold and mildew stains while simultaneously eradicating the spores. This works particularly well on tubs and showers that need a little more elbow grease.

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Just Say No to Chemical Toilet Cleaners!

Let’s face it – the bathroom is where we want, and need, the most powerful cleaning action. In most homes, the bathroom is used by all family members and much more frequently than other rooms. This high traffic area in your home, combined with heat and moisture, is the perfect environment for all kinds of germs, bacteria, viruses, molds and mildews to not only live, but flourish on hard surfaces like porcelain toilets.

Marketing Ploys Push Chemicals

The manufacturers of top toilet cleaning compounds want you to believe that you must buy their caustic, chemical laden products to ensure your bathroom toilet is clean and safe for your family to use. They don’t want you to know that a common household pantry item can clean as effectively as their harsh cleaning compounds.

Keep reading to find out how to you can effectively clean your bathroom toilet with simple natural ingredients, such as white vinegar and baking soda in order to keep your family safe and to and rid your cleaning closet of those expensive and dangerous toxic toilet cleaners for good!


A Clean Toilet is a Healthy Toilet

Mineral deposits from hard water, such as calcium and rust, are one of the main reasons that toilets become hard to clean. Homeowners who reach for chemical toilet bowl preparations risk etching the porcelain in their attempt to remove these deposits. This etching causes the minerals to more easily adhere to the surfaces, and the unsightly mineral deposits become worse.

An inexpensive jug of white household vinegar is all that is really needed to remove these mineral deposits, neutralize germs and leave the toilet smelling clean and fresh. Here is how to use it:

  • Spray exterior toilet surfaces, including the lid, seat and handle with a spray bottle containing a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. You may also add essential oils, such as tree tea or lavender. Let sit for a few minutes and then wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • For the toilet bowl, add 1 cup of white vinegar and sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl. The baking soda provides extra abrasiveness and the chemical reaction of both ingredients helps to loosen any gunk, remove stains and any lingering smells. Scrub thoroughly with the toilet brush and then let sit several hours before flushing.

Cleaning the toilet weekly, and more often if needed, with this natural recipe will keep your toilet fresh and clean. Since this is often a least favorite cleaning task, a cleaning schedule with a professional cleaning company can make bathroom maintenance a bit more pleasant.

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