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  • 10 Things You Can Quickly Clean with Just Vinegar, Lemon and Baking Soda

    These cleaning buddies are effective and non-toxic. Win!
    by SmartParenting Staff .

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    Cleaning isn’t exactly a fun activity. That’s why we adore cleaning tools that get the job quickly and effectively. Luckily, some of these cleaning tools can be found in your own pantry. No need for a pile of cleaning solutions, detergents and soaps. All you need is a lemon, a bottle of vinegar and a box of baking soda. Here are a couple of items in your home you can clean with them. 

    1 Microwave
    If your microwave has a generous coating of food splatters and gunk on it, consider cleaning it with this quick lemon trick from the kitchn. All you have to do is to place a few lemon slices in a bowl of water. Then, microwave the bowl of lemons for 5 minutes on high. When you open your microwave door, you’ll notice the insides will be moist. Wipe everything down with a damp cloth. 

    2 Shower doors and faucets

    Shower doors not as clear as they used to be? Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors. Faucets and doorknobs not as shiny as before? Apply the same method as you did with the shower doors and they’ll shine like they did the day you bought them.  

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    3. Glass and mirrors
    Here’s a great non-toxic alternative to glass and window cleaners: Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with a half a cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour the mixture into a 24-ounce spray bottle and fill up with water. Use on glass surfaces and mirrors.

    4. Scuffed walls
    Crayon and scuff marks on your nice white wall? Get rid of them by mixing equal parts water and baking soda, and applying the paste to your wall. Let it dry before going it over with a dry cloth.  

    5. Drain
    You can clean your drains regularly without the use of harsh chemicals by simply pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush it out with water. 

    6. Sink
    Thoroughly clean your stainless steel sink in the safest, easiest way possible with baking soda, lemon and vinegar. First sprinkle the entire sink with baking soda. This will make it easier to scrub away the grime. Then, rinse with vinegar, a natural disinfectant. It will start to bubble and fizz. Lastly, take a lemon peel and rub the sink with it. This will deodorize it and give it that shine you’re looking for.

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    7. Mold and mildew
    Get rid of mold and mildew from your bathroom walls by spraying them liberally with vinegar. Thoroughly rinse the area after 15 minutes. Spraying your walls with vinegar will also keep mildew from coming back. 

    8. Plastic food containers
    Can’t get rid of the food stains in your plastic food containers? Try rubbing the problematic spots with lemon, let it dry in a sunny area then wash as usual. 

    9. Tiles and grout
    White tiles can easily look dirty and the grout, the spaces in between them, especially so. To remove the nasty grime from your grout, first sprinkle with baking soda. Make sure you really get it in there. Then, take a bottle filled with vinegar and spray your tiles. Let it bubble and fizz for a while. You’ll find it easier to scrub away the dirt now. Plus, you’ll notice a significant difference too. Proof of its effectiveness and full instructions can be found over on Makinglemonadeblog.com.

    10. Chopping boards

    Squeeze the juice of a lemon on to the stains of a chopping board. Let that sit for a good 20 minutes then rinse and wash as usual. 

    Sources: Real Simple, Earth911, Quickanddirtytips.com 

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