Store bought cleaning products are not only expensive, they can contain harsh chemicals that can be detrimental to the health of you and your family. Luckily, there are several natural cleaning options that you can make with ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen already.

All-purpose cleaning spray: Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water and transfer into a spray bottle. This all purpose cleaner can be used on most surfaces, except marble or granite.

Bathroom Cleaner
: If the all purpose cleaner above isn't cutting it in the bathroom, you can use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water. Spray on the surface of the affected area and let stand for an hour before rinsing off. This is good for things like build up from mold or mildew.

Drain Cleaner: Dissolve half cup of salt in about 4 liters of hot water, then pour down the pipes. If the clog persists, pour half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half cup of vinegar. Let stand for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Deodorizer: If your utensils or food storage items are a bit stinky, soap them in warm water mixed with baking soda. To deodorize a room, place a bowl of vinegar in the center until the smell disappears.

Lemon Juice is also another great natural cleaning product. It's great at dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits because of the natural acidity in lemons. Be careful, though. Lemon juice can also bleach surfaces.

Baking soda can be a great way to scrub surfaces instead of commercial cleaners. It's also a great deodorizer, as mentioned above.

There are many, many options for safe and natural cleaning in your home, and these are just a few. Just google "natural cleaning products" and you will find tons of recipes and suggestions.
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