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Natural Home Cleaning Tips (with video)

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Essential oils: Mix lavender or tea tree essential oils with water and spray on kitchen or bathroom surfaces for an environmentally and people-friendly antibacterial spray.

Grapefruit-seed extract: Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle for an odorless way to kill mold and mildew.

Lemon juice: Use as a bleaching agent on clothing, and to remove grease from your stove and countertops. Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of (real) lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.

Olive oil: Use to lubricate and polish wood furniture (three parts olive oil to one part vinegar; or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice). As an alternative, you can use linseed oil.

Potatoes: Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans or tinware – follow with a salt scrub or dip the potato in salt before scrubbing.

Tea tree oil: Can be added to vinegar/water solutions for its antibacterial properties. Use it to kill mold and mildew, and on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean countertops and tile floors. You can combine it with vinegar.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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4:24PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thanks , good advise !

2:36AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

If you want your home to be maintained in a clean and proper way for you, you can trust

2:17AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010


1:31PM PDT on Jun 28, 2010

great, thanks a lot!

11:59AM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

thanks for the information

4:12AM PDT on May 24, 2010

Great article!! Thanks Ronnie!!

Have a good day everyone!!

11:18AM PDT on May 23, 2010

You forgot white vinegar!

7:06PM PDT on May 20, 2010

I started using baking powder to clean the sink because I ran out of the chemical cleaner. I thought it worked great and I am thankful someone else agrees.

I will definately look into the oils ... especially the lavender ... I'm a big fan of lavender.

5:12PM PDT on May 19, 2010

I love that little video!

3:22PM PDT on May 11, 2010

thank you!

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