How to Make All-Natural DIY Cleaning Solutions — and Save Money
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The Solution to Chemical-Free Solutions
Mirrors and Glass
Toss that bottle of bright blue cleaner and wipe mirrors and glass surfaces down with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water instead. Use a microfiber cloth or even a sheet of newspaper (really!) to avoid streaks and residue. This works to keep faucets and fixtures shining clean as well. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell; it will fade quickly.
Tub, Sink and Shower
If your tile needs only a light cleaning, simply rub on baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with water. For grungier jobs, try this homemade scrub: Mix a generous 3/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup dish soap or castile soap (usually available at organic markets) to make a paste. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water, just enough to reach pouring consistency. Apply with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly. If you like, add a few drops of tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties that can prevent mold and mildew growth.