There are various steam cleaning machines on the market. Since today’s machines range in price from $400 for a residential model to $3,200 for a commercial model, people wonder if they’re worth the extra expense. There are many benefits to using steam instead of hazardous cleaners around your home.
Steam cleaning is cost effective because it only uses a little bit of water and electricity. It is efficient because the high temperature kills germs and mold spores that may be hiding in your home. It is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals involved.
When thinking of using steam to clean, most people are likely to think of the steam cleaners that are commercially available for carpets. However, steam cleaners can be used for other areas of your home besides carpeting.
While most steam cleaners look like vacuum cleaners, there are also smaller, hand-held versions on the market which are maneuverable enough to reach even the tightest corner. The cleaner can sanitize and deodorize virtually any surface you might have in your home.
Today’s steam cleaners use very little water (most of them use less than one gallon of regular tap water) and are designed to be easy to operate and maintain. They create steam that is low in moisture, and that’s what carries the heat to surface that needs to be cleaned. Because there’s so little moisture used, the now-clean area dries almost instantly.
Most steam cleaners on the market have various accessories so they can be used for multiple applications and on almost any surface. These accessories allow the heated vapor to reach the surface to be cleaned, and often includes a brush to help agitate and release the dirt.
The heat from the machine is what doe the work for you because the steam is over the boiling point (between 240 to 280 degrees). It’s hot enough to burn your skin, so you’ll need to be extremely careful when using one. It’s also vitally important that you read and follow all the instructions that come with the machine before you use it.
Some of the benefits of using a steam cleaning system include, but are not limited to:
• The equipment is easy to use. The attachments make it easy to reach the small space and corners that might not be accessible with traditional cleaning methods.
• No chemicals are used, so you don’t have to worry about the hazards that come with most cleaning supplies currently on the market. Since no chemicals are used, there is no chemical residue after you’re done cleaning.
• Steam kills the mold spores that might be hiding in your bathroom or kitchen.
• You don’t have to work as hard when cleaning. The steam does most of the hard work for you by softening the dirt and making it easier to remove.
While the steam cleaning systems that are on the market today may seem a little expensive to begin with, just look at the money you can save in the long run by not buying all those chemically-laden cleaners. You’ll also have the peace of mind knowing that you have a clean home, and you didn’t have to use chemicals to get it that way.
With the desire to keep our homes clean and safe for our families, along with wanting to protect the environment, more people are turning to essential oils to accomplish both tasks. But what exactly are essential oils, and how can they be used to clean and disinfect our homes?
Essential oils are concentrated liquids that contain the “essence” and aroma from the plants from which they are made. Essential oils are used in perfumes, making incense, flavorings, and in cleaning products. However, it must be noted that one should never use essential oils directly on the skin. They are too concentrated and must be combined with a carrier oil such as olive oil, or mixed with another product.
One of the most popular essential oils of late is Tea Tree Oil. This oil is taken from the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia, but found in other areas as well. Tea Tree oil can be used in a variety of ways:
• Add tea tree oil to water to use as a cleaner, disinfectant, and purifier during cold and flu season.
• Add a few drops to the laundry when washing cloth diapers to help clean and disinfect them.
• Dilute with water to clean and disinfect your floors, toilets, and all areas of your kitchen
Eucalyptus is another essential oil that has disinfecting properties. When added with lemon oil and distilled water, it is an effective antibacterial spray that can be used throughout your home.
Orange essential oils, pressed from the peels of ripe oranges, can be used in a variety of ways in your home.
• When added to a carrier oil like olive oil, orange essential oil is great for cleaning your wooden cutting board.
• Use it as a deodorizer. Put a few drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball and leave it in your cooler after you’ve finished using it for the season. When you open it the following season, you’ll find a fresh orange scent instead of a musty odor.
• Orange oil is often added to furniture polish to clean, polish, enhance, and protect wood with out leaving a wax build-up.
Another essential oil that is good for household cleaning is lavender. Not only does it help clean your house, the aroma is very pleasant and relaxing.
• You can make a laundry softener that will rival anything you can purchase at your local store. Carefully combine 32 ounces of white vinegar with 32 ounces of baking soda over a sink (the mixture will bubble). Stir in 64 ounces of distilled or purified water and a half ounce of lavender essential oil. Use one-fourth cup in each per laundry load. Rinse as usual.
• If you add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your dishwashing liquid, not only will you add the fragrance, but you’ll also improve the antiseptic quality of the soap.
When cleaning your home, there are many products on the market. However, if you add an essential oil to things you already have, such as vinegar, water, or economically friendly dish soap, you will increase their effectiveness and leave a nice smell throughout your home.
Most people are trying to live healthier lives today. One way they’re trying to do that is to cut down on the myriad of chemicals that they’re subjected to on a daily basis. Vinegar is just one eco-friendly product you can use to replace those chemically-laden products in your home.
Everyone knows that a splash of vinegar is great on a salad, and that it can be used as a tenderizer for meat. However, not everyone knows the many ways vinegar can be used around the home to clean without the use of chemicals.
Not only is vinegar versatile for cooking, but it is also a versatile cleaning product that can be used in any room of your house. These are just a few of the ways that vinegar can be used to clean around the home.
• Freshen and clean your automatic coffee maker by filling the reservoir with vinegar and then running it through a brewing cycle. Follow this up by running a rinse cycle of water. (Please check the owner’s manual for instructions for your particular maker.)
• Boiling a solution of one-fourth cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water and inside the microwave will help clean and deodorize your microwave. The moisture from the boiling solution will loosen the splattered food and make it much easier to remove with a soft cloth or sponge.
• Clean brass, copper, and pewter by creating a paste. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of plain salt in a 1 cup of vinegar. Stir in enough flour to make a paste. Then use the paste on any metal surface and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Make sure you rinse with clean warm water and then polish until it’s dry.
• Forget about using the window cleaners from the stores. The cheapest and most effective way to clean windows is to combine half water and half vinegar. Put it in a mister, and spray it on the windows. Dry the window with a soft, lint-free cloth. Your windows will sparkle and be streak-free.
• Remove stubborn toilet bowl stains by spraying them with vinegar. Use a little elbow grease and the stains will come off. You can also add 3 cups of vinegar to your bowl to help deodorize it. Let it sit for one-half hour and flush for a fresh-smelling bowl.
• Do you have baby clothes that aren’t as clean and soft as they used to be? Add one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the load the next time you wash. The vinegar will help break down uric acid and soapy residue. Clothes will come out soft and fresh.
• You can also add a cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your normal load of clothes to help dissolve the alkaline base of soaps and detergents.
• How many of us hate the deodorant and antiperspirant stains on our clothes? Before laundering, lightly rub white distilled vinegar onto the areas where the stain would be. Toss it in the wash as usual.
• Soak clothes that have never been washed before in white distilled vinegar to help set the colors.
Reducing the chemicals we use in our homes has never been easier. And, it doesn’t require buying multiple products to clean the home, and keep it chemical-free. All it takes is a bottle of vinegar, and a little know-how.
Nothing is as wonderful as sitting by a beautiful, warm fire in the wintertime. But, if you let your fireplace or your wood stove go, you can end up with a big problem on your hands due to the dirty smoke that can get into your home. Or you can inadvertently create a fire hazard. Ensure that you do these things on a regular basis to avoid those problems.
Have Chimney Cleaned and Inspected First
The best way to deal with your fireplace or wood stove is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned professionally first. A professional will know exactly how to clean it, and then you can work to keep it clean between cleanings. You’ll pay about 250 dollars on average and it’ll be well worth the expense.
How often you clean your chimney will depend on how much you use it. If you only use it for holidays or parties, you can probably have it cleaned less often, but if you use it daily, you need to get it cleaned every year before the season. In any case, every year before the season it must be inspected because animals can get inside and cause problems.
Cleaning Soot from Bricks and Stone
Home Depot has a store-branded cleaner called Brick and Stone Cleaner. Plus, you can buy smoke soot eraser sponges. You can also just use vinegar and water in equal parts to spray on the areas affected. First, dry brush the area to get rid of loose soot and debris from the bricks and stones. Vacuum everything. Then, using the vinegar and water mixture, spray on the affected areas and scrub using a wet brush. Rinse and repeat until it’s clean.
Cleaning the Wood Stove
First, empty all the contents from your wood stove. Then vacuum up everything you can from the bottom and sides and surrounding area. On the outside, you can use a vinegar and water mixture to scrub, then dry. Don’t forget to check gaskets and seams. If there are problems, check your manufacturer’s directions on how to properly seal them.
To make the top of your stove look brand new, coat with a thin layer of stove paste with a dry cloth. If you have a glass door for your wood stove, clean it using any all-purpose window cleaner / glass cleaner or vinegar. Dry completely before burning another fire. On the inside, use vinegar and water with a brush to clean all areas. Dry.
When you’re done, light a fire to harden the stove paste on the top of your wood stove. If you live in a humid climate during the offseason, it can help to put clay kitty litter in the ash pan to help absorb moisture.
Sprucing up your fireplace or wood stove is about safety and cleanliness. It’s so much nicer to enjoy the warmth of a wood fire if you know it’s safe and you can see its beauty.
Lemons are one of the most versatile foods in the world. They can be used for many purposes, including eating, cleaning, and healing certain health conditions. Lemons are something that you should always have on hand, and here are some of the reasons why.
- Lemon and Water Upon Waking
Squeezing a half a lemon into a glass of water first thing in the morning is an excellent way to begin your day. It balances your body pH and helps to clean your liver. It is a great tasting way to give a kick-start to your digestion.
- Kick a Cold
If you feel yourself coming down with a cold or other common virus, grab a lemon and mix it with equal parts apple cider vinegar and honey. Mix in some cinnamon, stir the mixture into hot water and drink. Do this several times a day and your cold will soon take a hike.
- Easy, Tasty Food Topping
In a rush and not sure what topping to put on your chicken, fish, or vegetables? Try a squeeze of lemon before cooking. It is great with just the lemon, or along with a small shake of salt or a few drops of olive oil. Lemon as a topping is simple, delicious, and healthy.
- Keeps Fruit Salad from Oxidization
If you have cut up a beautiful bowl of fruit salad and you want it to continue looking fresh, squeeze a lemon over it and stir until all the fruit is coated. Lemon prevents oxidation from happening. Instead of turning brown, the fruit will retain its nice, bright colors.
- Clean Your Cutting Board
Think lemons are only for consuming? Think again. If your cutting board doesn’t smell fresh, or if it is retaining flavor from past foods, cut a lemon in half and rub it down vigorously. This will remove odors and help to sanitize it.
- Combat Pimples
Who knew lemons could even help you when applied topically? If you have pimples, simply apply fresh lemon juice to them to draw them out. Your good complexion will return in no time.
- Mirror Cleaner
If you are looking for a more natural solution to clean your mirrors with, try lemon juice. Put it into a spray bottle and add water. Spray the mirrors and wipe them down for a sparkle with no chemicals involved.
- Microwave Cleaner
If your microwave is looking like it has years of food built up in it, lemons are your best friend. Cut a lemon in half and place both halves into a bowl of water. Microwave this bowl for 30 seconds and then wipe the inside of the microwave. You will be amazed at how easily you can wipe off all the grime that has previously insisted on sticking around.
Lemons are one of nature’s most versatile creations. You can eat, drink, wear and clean with lemons. If you have any problem in need of being solved, perhaps the first question you should ask yourself is whether a lemon could take care of it for you.
Everyone has places in their home that need cleaning. These places don’t get the attention they need just because they’re somewhat out of sight and out of mind – unless they smell. But, if you add these overlooked places into your calendar, you won’t ever have issues and your home will be much cleaner and fresher.
Stove Exhaust Vent
Most stoves have an exhaust vent above the stove with a fan that helps move smells and smoke out of the house. This gets very dirty and even covered in the old food and grease that are in the steam and smoke escaping. To clean the vent, first read your manufacturer’s directions.
Having said that, normally you can take it apart by unscrewing the screen. Soak the screen in hot soapy water, brush with a soft brush, and then dry thoroughly. Using a soft cloth with a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture, wipe down the outside and inside of the vent.
The dirty food going through the dishwasher sometimes gets stuck in the filter. Many people don’t realize that the dishwasher has a filter that can be removed, emptied and cleaned to keep the dishwasher fresh. In addition, you can run CLR cleaner through the dishwasher on the hottest setting (run it twice, once with the cleaner and once without to get all the cleaner out). Additionally, you can put a paste of baking soda on the surfaces and spray with vinegar, which will cause the solution to foam. Rinse well. This will make your dishwasher smell good and sparkle. Plus, it’s going to clean much better.
The best way to protect your mattress is to keep a good mattress cover over it. But, if something happens, you can still get it clean. One great way to freshen your mattress is to shake baking powder over it, let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it off. If you get stains on your mattress of almost any kind, you can use Resolve carpet cleaner to remove them. If it’s possible, one of the best ways to clean and freshen an older mattress that is still good is to put it outside in the sunshine on a very dry day.
Floor Vents and Air Return Vents
Many people who have central air have vents on the floor and also on the ceiling. Plus, your AC has an air return vent – usually right near it. These places get dusty and dirty and also need to be cleaned. It won’t take long if you give them a quick cleaning and then wax them with car wax. Dust will be repelled for months. To clean the vents, just use a soft cloth soaked in hot soapy water. Wash, then rinse, then dry completely before waxing.
Washer and Dryer
Because the washer is cleaning dirty clothing, and there are small holes, it can become smelly if not properly cleaned. Dryers can collect tons of dust and can become a fire hazard without proper care.
Each machine has factory recommendations, so follow those. But in general, to clean your washer you can run an empty load on hot with vinegar, baking soda, or a special cleaning packet you can get at the store put out by different detergent companies.
To clean the dryer, always clean the filter before use. Monthly, you will want to use a special lint cleaner for the dryer to get any lint out that didn’t get into the filter. You should also use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the dryer at that time, drying fully before running another load.
This is the area in every single room in the house that is near the floor – usually with some sort of molding around it. When you mop, take the extra time to also wash this area. Just use a soft cloth with a vinegar/water solution and wipe it down. If your wood is getting dry, you may want to add some olive oil to the solution.
Sink Drains and Garbage Disposal
If everything seems to be working right, we tend to ignore drains and the disposal. However, this area can easily become very smelly. The fastest and less expensive solution is to pour baking soda down the drains, then follow with vinegar. Let sit for about an hour, then rinse. You may have to do it more than once if you haven’t done it in a long time.
Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
Nothing is worse than having a party and realizing you have a lot of dust and cobwebs on your ceiling fans and light fixtures. It’s simple to clean them, but it’s best to do this weekly so that it’ll go faster each time.
Just take the sconces off the lights and run them through the dishwasher if they’re just regular glass. If they have a coating that might get ruined, soak them in the sink in hot water and vinegar, then wipe down and dry. Using a dusting tool so that you can reach safely, wipe down the surfaces. To keep your fans dust free longer, wipe with a dryer sheet after you’ve dusted with your duster or microfiber cloth.
The best course of action here is to use a long duster to get into all the corners of your house on a weekly basis before you dust the rest of the house. If you see a particularly large one, go ahead and tackle it with your vacuum cleaner. Cobwebs also happen under furniture, so be sure to turn over your furniture on at least a monthly basis to run a vacuum on the surface of the bottom of chairs, couches, and beds.
Keeping your home clean involves a lot of thought and work, and these parts of the home are often overlooked. However, they still need cleaning. If you add them to your chore list, you won’t forget them again.
Once you’ve gone through all the effort to spring clean don’t you wish your home would stay that clean? It can. With a few new habits you can keep your home sparkling clean.
10 new habits for a clean house
- Pick up after yourself. Much of the mess in your home is likely self inflicted. Do you set things down with a quiet promise that you’ll get to them later? Instead of adding extra work for yourself or letting the clutter accumulate, put things where they belong the first time.
- Make your bed. It seems like such a simple thing but making your bed can set the standard for the day. And you don’t have to set hospital corners when you make your bed. You can simply straighten the covers and fluff the pillows.
- Clean as you go. How many times do you set things down and leave them for later? For example, when you’re making something in the kitchen do you leave the mess to clean up later? Or do you clean as you go? Cleaning as you go helps you control mess. It also means you don’t have an overwhelming clean up job when you’re done.
- Coral clutter. Many organization experts recommend a clutter coral. This is generally a box where items can be placed. Then, at the end of the day, you put those items where they belong. If you live with others or have a family this is a good job for them to tackle. Let your children and spouse put things away before they go to bed.
- Go to bed clean. Generally there is a room in the house where clutter gathers. Spend ten minutes at the beginning or end of each day and pick up. Make it part of your day and you can wake up knowing your home is clean and clutter free.
- Enlist help. Make your family responsible for tasks and rooms. They can spend ten minutes each night straightening a room. It’s a fast way to make sure your home stays clean and clutter free.
- Assign a day. Give each room in your home a day for cleaning. While straightening is done every day, the deep cleaning shouldn’t need more than one time a week. And if you’re enlisting help from your family then they can each tackle a room.
- Keep cleaning products handy. Find or buy a tote bag or bin for each room. Place the cleaners for that room in the tote. Then tuck the tote away. For example, your kitchen cleaners can be stored under your sink. Your bathroom cleaners can be stored in your linen closet and so on.
- Make it part of the routine. Make cleaning and straightening part of your routine. Each night for example, load and run the dishwasher. Hand wash any dishes. Set the coffee pot to brew ten minutes before you wake and then go to bed. It’ll only take you ten to fifteen minutes each night and it can become part of your bedtime routine. You’ll have the joy of waking each day to a fresh pot of coffee and a clean kitchen.
- Simplify. The less stuff you have, the less you have to clean. Look around your home and see where you can simplify your life.
These ten habits can change the way you clean your home. They save you energy. They eliminate the stress of a messy home and they help you include the entire family in the household responsibilities. Most importantly, they help you spend less time cleaning and more time on life’s more important tasks and joys.
You need to disinfect your home; so, you want the best product for the job, right? That’s understandable. However, do you have to run to the store and pick up the first chemically-loaded disinfectant that you come across, or are there alternatives that are natural and safe for your home and family?
When most people think of a common disinfectant, they probably think of Clorox® or Lysol®. Are they the best choices to use? What about the natural products available online? Or can you make your own? How do they compare in availability, price, and effectiveness?
While Clorox® and Lysol® are available at almost any retailer that sells cleaning products; there are natural products that you can purchase online. You can also make your own disinfectant spray.
Clorox® Bleach has been available commercially since 1913. They have created numerous cleaning products in the ensuing years. Their products range from plain Clorox® Bleach to aid in whitening clothes to cloths to help clean and disinfect hard surfaces around your home and a disinfecting floor and surface cleaner.
While Clorox® is well known for disinfecting, the products are not entirely safe if not used exactly as indicated. Two hazardous ingredients in many of the Clorox® are didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride and n-alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. The packaging says to avoid skin contact and that you should use protective eye wear and gloves while using it.
The Lysol® products have been in production a year longer than Clorox® Bleach. However they’re not any less hazardous. Lysol® also lists dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride 0.08% and dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride 0.02% in their ingredients.
So, if you want to disinfect your home, but don’t want to subject your family to the chemicals in these well-known products, what options do you have? Watkins, a familiar name since 1868, found that pine oil is a natural disinfectant. This naturally-occurring disinfectant may just be what you’re looking for.
Pine oil (a phenolic disinfectant) is an essential oil used in cleaning products such as Pine Sol and similar products. You can use Pine Sol (which is a Clorox® product), but you can also purchase pine oil from various sources online as well as many local health food stores. By doing this, you are able to control the ingredients in your cleaner and disinfectant.
Other eco-friendly essential oils you can use to disinfect are tea tree oil and thyme. These essential oils are interchangeable when used in homemade all-purpose cleaners or disinfectants.
To make this homemade recipe, combine two tablespoons of borax (easily found in the laundry aisle of any grocery store) and one-fourth cup of lemon juice and two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Cover the bottle and shake until the borax is dissolved. Add twenty drops of either tea tree oil or thyme essential oil. Shake again and then use as you would any commercial product.
Another homemade recipe, especially good for disinfecting toilets is a combination of vinegar and essential oils. Mix two cups of white distilled vinegar with three drops of tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus, or pine essential oils. Spray in the toilet then clean as usual. When making homemade cleaning products, please make sure to label the bottles.
While it may be easier to find commercially made cleaners and disinfectants, homemade cleaners and disinfectants can be made for pennies on the dollar. You can pronounce all of the ingredients that you add to them, and you can rest assured that what you use won’t be hazardous to your family.
It has often been said that the toilet seat is one of the cleanest spots in the house. If you would like the rest of your bathroom to be as clean, it just takes a few homemade, eco-friendly cleaners to make that happen.
Hydrogen peroxide, a known germicidal agent, is considered one of the safest sanitizers you will ever find. It is composed of oxygen and water, and when it attacks organic materials, it breaks back down into its base components.
Everyone knows how effective hydrogen peroxide is in cleaning out a wound. That same bubbling action kills bacteria and viruses. So, if you are worried about bacteria or viruses in your shower, spray down the shower with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide as you exit it.
To keep your bathroom counters germ-free, keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide where it’s easily accessible. After you’re finished cleaning, spray the counter tops to disinfect them.
Besides a water and hydrogen peroxide mixture, you can also use two common kitchen items – vinegar and baking soda, either combined or separate. By mixing together one-fourth cup baking soda in one-half gallon water, then adding one-half cup vinegar, you’ve made a great all-purpose cleaner. Use this immediately to clean any surface you would clean with a product like 409®.
Have you ever had a hair clog in the shower or the bathroom sink? If you have you can pour one-half cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow the baking soda with about one cup of vinegar. Step back because the mixture will fizz like a child’s volcano experiment. After a couple of minutes, add a mixture of boiling water and salt. The clog should go away, but you may have to repeat.
To clean your toilet bowl, sprinkle baking soda into the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Use your scrub your toilet with a toilet brush as usual. You can also pour a little distilled white vinegar into the toilet and letting it set for a few minutes before attacking the toilet with a toilet brush.
Have the tub and tiles in your bathroom or shower got you down? Clean them with a mixture of one and one-third cup baking soda, one-half cup liquid soap, one-half cup water, and two tablespoons of vinegar. Just rub the mixture on, use a little elbow grease to clean, and rinse well with plenty of warm water.
These are but a few of the basic, homemade, eco-friendly cleaners you can make to keep your bathroom clean and healthy for your family. Just remember that if you make one of these cleansers please be sure to clearly mark the container that holds the cleaner.
How many cleaners do you have in your home? Do you have five, ten, or more? Did you know that if you have vinegar and baking soda, you can clean almost anything in your home?
You don’t need the new cleaning products on the market. Not only are they laden with chemicals, but they don’t really clean any better than homemade recipes.
Vinegar and baking soda, when used separately or together, can clean many of the items in your home just as well, if not better, than the cleaning products on the shelves of your local store. But what exactly can they be used for?
In the kitchen
Replace “Liquid Plumber” by putting the following ingredients into your drain: 1 cup table salt, 1 cup baking soda, and ½ cup plain white distilled vinegar. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes. Then, carefully pour two quarts of boiling water into the sink. Follow that with running water for at least one minute. Your sink should now flow freely, and it won’t pollute the Earth.
Clean your microwave by boiling a mixture of one-fourth of a cup of vinegar and one cup of water. Boiling this solution will create steam in your microwave that will help loosen any stuck-on food. Just remove the food with a soft cloth or sponge.
In the living room
Is your carpet stale? Sprinkle baking soda straight from the box onto your carpeting. Leave it on the carpet for at least 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Your carpet will smell fresher, and you won’t be adding unneeded chemicals to your home. If you’d like a light fragrance, stir a few drops of essential oils into the baking soda, then use as described above.
Is that a stain on the carpet? Remove stains with a mixture of two tablespoons of salt dissolved in one-half cup of white distilled vinegar. Rub this mixture into the stain and let it dry. Vacuum the stain right up! Add two tablespoons of borax to the mixture if the stain is large or from a dark liquid.
What about the paneling? Does it look dull? Mix one pint of warm water, four tablespoons of vinegar, and two tablespoons of olive oil. This mixture, when applied to the paneling and left to soak into the wood, will clean your paneling. Polish the wood with a dry cloth to help revitalize it.
In the bathroom
Dip an old toothbrush into undiluted distilled white vinegar. Now scrub away the dirt and stains from the grout between the tiles in your shower or around your sink.
If your shower stall and doors need to be cleaned, make a solution of one-half cup white vinegar, and one-fourth cup of baking soda added to one gallon of warm water. Wipe down the walls and door with this solution immediately after a shower.
From these few hints, it’s obvious that you can clean your home without commercial products. With vinegar and baking soda, and maybe one or two other ingredients, you can clean your whole house. It’ll be healthier for your family because you didn’t use unnecessary chemicals to clean it.