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13 Natural Ingredients to Clean Almost Anything!

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Liquid Castile Soap:  sudsing power
Liquid castile soap is an all-natural, olive oil-based soap great for all-natural dishsoap, floor cleaner and more. For a floor or wall cleaner, combine a cup of vinegar with a gallon of hot water and a few drops of soap.

Olive Oil: polishing wood
Olive oil can naturally condition wood, as well as skin and hair!

Pine Oil: cleaning soft wood floors
Pine oil is naturally conditions wood floors, and it smells fresh.

Plant Essential Oils: chemical-free fragrance
Although they are chemical-free, pure essential oils are strong. Always do a sniff test before buying to make sure you’re not sensitive to the fumes, and use caution when handling pure essential oils. A few drops of essential oil can add antibacterial and antifungal power to a cleaning solution. Most important? They leave behind a fresh scent. Look for pure, undiluted essential oils in dark brown or blue bottles. Store away from sunlight.

Salt: scrubbing
Thick kosher salt gives power to your elbow grease. To clean stubborn soap scum, combine baking soda and kosher salt and scrub.

Washing Soda (sodium carbonate): scrubbing, removing stains and cutting grease
Washing soda is a powerful cleaning ingredient that acts much like baking soda but stronger. Use washing soda to clean toilets, or mix with water for a powerful all-purpose cleaner. Many natural cleaners recommend borax, but recent studies by the Environmental Working Group have found that it’s overly harsh. You can replace borax with slightly milder washing soda in nearly any recipe.

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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2:00AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thank you

2:41AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Some useful advice here... :-)

5:04AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thanks interesting tips!

1:24PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Great tips.Thanks for sharing

1:18PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you!

10:24AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Can't wait to try the cornstarch and club soda on carpet stains from my cat.

7:49AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

good tips :) thank you

3:31AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thank you. You've inspired me to oil my coffee table. I add lemon essential oil to olive oil, it smells gorgeous and the wood loves it.

2:43AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Great tips ,very useful, thanks.

7:14PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Clove oil against mildew... thanks for the list, we all ought to go chemical free!

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