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Cleaning your home can be quite tedious if you regularly have to buy cleaning products from the grocery store. Not only do you get mixed cleaning results, but you are also spending more than necessary on home cleaning tasks. Little do we know that there are items that we regularly keep in our kitchens or at home that are useful and effective for cleaning our homes. Using these items or making a homemade concoction of several of these items can be good alternatives to commercial and synthetic cleaning products.

To maximize your grocery savings, we are sharing some simple everyday household items that provide excellent cleaning solutions.

Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly called baking soda, is a natural substance and household item that has various uses aside from baking. Baking soda can maintain pH balance and neutralize acids and bases. That’s why many homeowners use baking powder to clean different surfaces and remove odors at the same time. It is an effective refrigerator and bathroom cleaner, and it is effective for removing stains from stovetops, countertops, sinks, and cups due to its mildly abrasive properties. Baking soda is also non-toxic and can safely remove odors from your kitchen, garbage can, refrigerator, bathroom, and even your shoes when you put baking soda inside these places and items by neutralizing acids that react with bacteria.

Hydrogen Peroxide

You may already have this item in your medicine cabinet. Hydrogen peroxide is more than just an antiseptic solution for treating wounds; but it is also a powerful cleaning agent. Its chemical makeup consists of two hydrogen and oxygen atoms (H2O2), making it closely resemble water (H2O). Its cleaning properties are as strong as bleach, but hydrogen peroxide breaks down harmlessly, making it non-toxic and environment-friendly.  It can be used to remove armpit stains and stains from chocolate, wine, grass, and blood from clothes and laundry. It can also remove stains from carpets and upholstery.

Hydrogen peroxide is also an excellent disinfectant. By mixing one cup of hydrogen peroxide and two cups of water in a spray bottle, you can create a powerful surface disinfectant that you can use to clean doorknobs, floors, refrigerator handles, tabletops and countertops. It should be noted that a hydrogen peroxide disinfectant or cleaning agent should be used sparingly on countertops made of marble and granite because of their porous surface and the slight acidity of peroxide.

Distilled White Vinegar

Another common household item found in the kitchen that is also a powerful cleaning agent is the distilled white vinegar. This affordable and versatile substance is not just used for cooking but also for cleaning and disinfecting various house areas. This acidic cleaning agent is great for cleaning glass windows and descaling coffee makers because it reacts and dissolves the stains’ organic chemicals. It can also effectively remove bacteria, grime, and mildew, making it an ideal cleaning agent for bathrooms, kitchen dishes and glassware, living room floor, and window blinds. Just remember to use vinegar sparingly on small kitchen appliances, knives, and washing machines as the acid can react with rubber and metal parts of these items. Also, vinegar cleaning agents should not be used on countertops, flooring, electronic screens, and dishwashers.

Salt

Salt is another cheap and natural kitchen item that can also be used for cleaning aside from cooking. It is a great laundry agent for removing stains from wine, blood, sweat, and mildew stains. It also helps brighten the colors of faded clothes, rugs, and curtains. It is also a versatile cleaning agent in the kitchen, where it can be used for cleaning greasy pans, freshening up the coffee pot, cleaning the kitchen drain, cleaning the fridge, and cleaning the oven.

Lemon

Lemon is a common fruit that you have in the kitchen which can be used as a cleaning agent. It is versatile, as it can be consumed as food, food ingredient, and as a refreshing and healthy drink. Also, lemon has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and natural bleaching properties, making it ideal as a disinfectant and bleaching agent. Lemon is more acidic than black coffee and orange juice, and this acid is effective in removing stains from clothes such as paint, lipstick, coffee, wine, and sweat.

Food stains in plates, bowls, and cutting boards are also cleaned with lemon acid. Lemon’s acid can also neutralize kitchen odors like cooked fish odor, rotting garbage, and other noxious smells that are alkaline. Lemon’s antibacterial properties help control the contamination of harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella, making it a good disinfectant for non-metallic surfaces.

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Many household items have excellent cleaning properties, and we have touched just a few of them. You don’t have to rely too much on synthetic chemical cleaners and try a cost-efficient and environment-friendly approach using natural and everyday household items. When you look at these items from a chemical point of view, you’ll discover that they are the same ingredients you find in commercial products. Instead of using cleaning products with toxic chemicals, why not concoct some natural and homemade cleaners yourself? Your environment and your pocket will thank you for it.