Ways of Using 3 Traditional Cleaning Products – Vinegar, Lemon, and Baking Soda

Yes, it is always tempting to simply run to the store and buy some chemical-based cleaning products when it is time to clean the house. And as always, there are always negative effects when using these products. The air in the house is compromised in addition to our health. So today we are going to look into the ways of getting the house clean safely by using vinegar, lemon, and baking soda.

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The Natural Cleaning Properties of Vinegar, Lemon, and Baking Soda

Each of our three products comes with its own unique cleaning properties:

  • Vinegar: limescale remover, stain remover, deodorizer
  • Lemon: sanitizer, degreaser, whitener
  • Baking soda: odor neutralizer, disinfector, stain remover

When it comes to stainless steel, particularly in the kitchen, stains, and grease are not always very easy to clean. However, by just applying some lemon to the stains, we can make this job get done a lot faster. The lemon will help by breaking down grease so that you can simply wipe messes away with a rag.

Now let’s talk about the taps in the bathroom. Here, the lemon will come into play once again. By rubbing dirty surfaces with lemon, we can disinfect them while simultaneously getting rid of calcium buildup.

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We can also use lemon to add a little bit of freshness to dirty dishes. This time, we will pour some salt on the dishes before rubbing them with a slice of lemon. Rinse the dishes, and they will end up being clean and smelling of citrus.


When it is time to clean the toilet and get rid of the presence of limescale, we will move to vinegar. Dampen a paper towel with some vinegar and rub it along the surface of the toilet. Now, just leave the vinegar on the surface overnight, and the dirt and limescale should disappear the next morning.

It is also important to periodically sanitize the washing machine. This appliance is known to accumulate bad smells if not cleaned regularly. For this job, just add some baking soda directly into the machine and run a cycle at 90°C (194°F). This will get rid of odors and also help eliminate bacteria.

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For cleaning windows and not leaving any streaks, we will want to start with a potato. Cut a potato in half and rub the inside section along the glass. Next, dampen a rag with some water and vinegar and wipe the entire surface again. Now just rinse and the window will be clean and transparent, free of any streaks.

In the Kitchen

Both the stove and oven are constantly subjected to the accumulation of grease and encrustations. To battle this, we can make a paste consisting of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste to soiled areas and let it sit for about an hour. After some time, the grease and buildup can be easily rinsed away.

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Baking soda can also be used for getting rid of odors from the fridge. Sprinkle some baking soda onto a sponge and then add some water. Now rub the surfaces inside the fridge with the sponge. After about 5 minutes, the bad smell coming from the fridge should be completely neutralized.

Lastly, to get tile joints white again, all we need is a little baking soda. Just rub some baking soda along the joints with a toothbrush and rinse.

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