Clean Surfaces With A Natural All Purpose Surface Cleaner

There are plenty of natural cleaning ingredients that you probably already stock in your pantry. Vinegar (acetic acid) removes grease, stains and is an excellent water softener. Washing soda (sodium carbonate) cleans clothes, softens water, cuts grease and increases the cleaning power of soap. Lemon juice, my personal favorite, cuts through grease, removes stains from clothing and is a bleach alternative. Organic vegetable oils condition and create a protective coating over wood. Here is a wonderful all purpose cleaner that can be prepared from these ingredients.

What You Need

  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil based liquid soap
  • 2 Cups hot water
  • juice of 1 lemon

What To Do

  • Mix ingredients in spray bottle or bucket
  • Apply and wipe clean

Give Your Tiles & Counter-tops A Scrub Down With Ammonia

Ammonia is good for almost everything. Even though its aroma is quite strong, it can be allayed when mixed with other ingredites. Here is a recipe for a terrific, nontoxic, all-purpose cleaner that is almost odorless. Suggested by Greenpeace, the environmental organization, it is perfect for scrubbing linoleum, walls, bathroom and kitchen tiles and even rugs.

What You Need

  • 1/2 Cup ammonia
  • 1/4 Cup vinegar
  • a handful of baking soda
  • 1 bucketful of warm water

What To Do

  • Mix ingredients in a bucket
  • Apply to tiles or counter-tops and wipe clean
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