How to Rid Stains and Spots with Natural Ingredients

Here, the editors of Remodelista share six green and affordable cleaning tips—most of which involve little more than vinegar, lemons, and baking soda:

  • Stacey uses a natural and mild toothpaste to shine her silver.
  • Christine on stainless steel: “When I was a waitress, we used to clean stainless steel surfaces with seltzer water from the soda fountain, and it worked like a dream.”
  • Alexa on tackling grout in the bathroom: “I mix baking soda and vinegar to create a paste for cleaning bathroom grout.”

  • Sarah on tarnished copper: “I clean my copper with lemon and salt. Cut the lemon into wedges, dip in salt, then rub on the copper. Rinse quickly in cold water and dry well with a soft cloth.
  • Meredith on removing spots from stainless flatware: “Rub olive oil on with a soft cloth, then wipe off with a soft cloth dampened with white vinegar.”
  • Janet uses vinegar as her secret laundry weapon. “Years ago, a friend in the garment industry told me to wash new clothes with a half cup of white vinegar to ‘set’ dark colors.”

Do you have any eco and affordable cleaning tips to share?

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Susan B.
Susan B.2 years ago

Thank you

Helen Wu
Helen Wu2 years ago

wow thanks ^_^

Vicky P.
Vicky P.2 years ago


Terry V.
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Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Thanks 4 these tips!

Sheri P.
Sheri P.2 years ago

great tips, thanks!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

There must be a way to do

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.2 years ago

thanks good tips. I used vinegar on a tile to 'see' if it worked..duh it didnt! I forgot the toothpaste!

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago