Simple Cleaning Secrets

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English: Spirit Vinegar Français : Vinaigre blanc Svenska: Ättikssprit Dansk: Gaeringseddike ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Eddik ‪Norsk (nynorsk)‬: Eddik Suomi: Väkiviinaetikka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cleaning supplies are expensive and often contain simple ingredients that can be purchased in their purest forms and diluted. The following cleaning tips work for pennies and there are no harsh chemicals left to enter our water supplies.

Scorched pots:

1. Add one-half cup baking soda and one-half cup of vinegar. There will be a small chemical reaction that is harmless to people. Allow to soak for thirty minutes to one hour, then wash as usual. Repeat if needed.

2. Fill the pot with water and add a drop of dish detergent. Put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Boil for five minutes. Remove the pot from the stove and allow to cool. Use a scrubber or steel wool to loosen burnt on material. Wash as usual.

3. Cover the bottom of the pot with water and add four or five drops of orange oil. Soak the pot for an hour then wash as usual.

Dirty mirrors and windows:

1. Spray mirrors and windows with pure vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Wipe clean with newsprint or any material that is lint-free.

Dusty figurines, what-not’s and other solid objects on shelves:

1. It can take hours to get everything dusted, especially those collectables sitting on shelves. Gather them all up and put them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Add vinegar to the rinse cycle dispenser and clean on a short cycle. Everything comes out sparkling.

2. No dishwasher? Fill the sink with warm water and add a cup of vinegar. Place everything in the sink to soak for thirty minutes. Rinse and drain.


1. Instead of expensive dishwasher cleaners, fill the dispensers with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Run a full cycle.

2. Use vinegar, peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of the dishwasher.


1. To clean the inside and outside of stoves, microwaves and refrigerators, put a few drops of tea tree oil in a pail of water. Wipe the appliances with a cloth swished in the tea tree oil water.

2. Place a cup of vinegar inside stoves and microwaves. Let sit for an hour. Everything will be loosened and you can wipe clean with a cloth dampened with vinegar.

With a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a gallon of vinegar and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, you have the basic cleaners without the harsh chemicals and preservatives. Tea Tree oil has been used as a cleaning agent for decades. Orange oil will loosen grease on pots and pans and remove adhesives from labels. These cleaning agents are better for the environment and will leave no odors that are harmful if inhaled.

Any of the above cleaners works well to clean tile or linoleum. Hydrogen peroxide will lift blood stains without bleaching the material. Basically, if it needs cleaning, these supplies will get the job done. You will also save big money by not buying expensive cleaners that are designed to clean one or two things specifically.



9 thoughts on “Simple Cleaning Secrets

  1. I am grateful for the informative tips. I only know of hydrogen peroxide as cleaning agent. It’s organic process of action, for me, is safe and better. Now I know about the others I will definitely try them out.

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