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Natural Cleaning: The Power of Baking Soda, Vinegar, & Lemon

Green Lifestyle  (tags: eco-friendly, greenliving, organic, cleaning, home )

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This video demonstrates how you can clean almost your entire bathroom using nothing but baking soda, vinegar, and a lemon! Replacing your old, poisonous cleaners with these all-natural ones is a great step towards greenliving.

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Doreen Forbes (41)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 4:16 pm
great article, james~~i already use eco-friendly dish detergent, laundry soap, softener, stain remover and bleach but haven't been able to find cleansers, disinfectants and mirror cleaners~~now i have~~thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 9:36 am
Thanks James! I didn't know the antiseptic qualities of vinegar before.I've used baking soda in a lot of "scrubbing" chores- it is good on cookware and glasses(vases,etc.). But it is slightly abrasive so test first. Also I have heard that citrus discourages ants . This helps keep the indoor pollutants down! Thanks again! I personally like my liver! So the less toxins - the better for all of us and the pets!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 9:49 am
If you use vinegar becareful with apple cidar vinegar on white fixtures or tiles or plastic sort of bath tubs etc. as it can STAIN them to yucky looking color. White vinegar might be better. If you use vinegar and baking soda together it can help remove some calcium or hard water build up but it take some scrubbing. When using these I have found you must clean alot more often as the bacteria or mold can come back rather quickly. Baking soda used in your hair actually feels kind of good once in a while and as a mild skin scrub, works great for removing dead skin. :-) I also use vinegar on my kitchen counter instead of bleach or other harsh products. I don't like cutting fruit and other things on top of bleach covered counter tops or cutting boards. :-)
If you put lemon in a bowl with water and put it into the microwave for a minute or 2 the steam helps to remove stuck on nasty messes inside from splattering foods. It makes cleaning the microwave alot easier and you don't have to use harsh cleaners.

James O (7)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 10:40 am
Just a quick shout-out to the good folks who actually made this video: Fair Companies

scott Stunz (66)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 10:13 pm
Thank you JAMES Eco friendly and animal friendly is what life should be about! I LOVE LOVE what vinegar does to my wash loads,and my counter tops.I make every day a mission to convince people to use anything except the commecial cleaners and such FAIR Companies is a fav now

Alf I (246)
Friday May 25, 2007, 6:40 am
You can also use plain vinegar as a softener in the washing machine!! No your washing won't smell of vinegar!!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 25, 2007, 2:36 pm
Also you know that moldy smell towels get sometimes? Vinegar gets that out too. Just put about a cup in during the rinse cycle, if you like you can add a few drops of essential oil, like lemon or whatever.
Great topic.

Vicki Murray (119)
Saturday May 26, 2007, 1:25 am
great stuff! thanks for sharing

Nuraini A (41)
Sunday May 27, 2007, 8:16 pm
can lemon be substituted with lime? because lemons don't grow (or at least don't fruit well) where i am.

Sherri Vollmer (23)
Sunday May 27, 2007, 10:18 pm
Can you put vinegar of anykind in the wash to get rid of smells? I often forget to put the wash in the dryer the next day, so the day after it smells a little. I don't want to rewash it, so I just deal with it. But I would use the vinegar if it works. Also, someone said citrus keeps insects away, how would I go about putting it in the kitchen on the floor by the door where ants are getting in? (that time of year) any ideas? I refuse to use any poisons of anykind. Thanks, for the story, it was great! Great topic!

Past Member (0)
Monday May 28, 2007, 8:43 am
Sherri- Hope these sites help. I read citrus is effective against a wide range of insects.
How exactly do organic pesticides work?
Nature has given us plant extracts that make very effective pesticides and insect repellents. For example, some organic pest control products such as Orange Guard use a citrus-fruit peel base, such as from lemons and oranges. Citrus oils kill many flying and crawling insects on contact by destroying the waxy coating of the insect's respiratory system.
Other organic pesticides use natural extracts to repel rather than kill pests. Some products use garlic or hot peppers and essential oils of herbs such as cloves to repel insects and other pests. Want to learn more? The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service is an excellent source of information on organic pesticides and how they work. Also, this site from California State University has a large list of organic pest control solutions.


Past Member (0)
Monday May 28, 2007, 8:45 am
Trying again!

Taryn S (7)
Wednesday May 30, 2007, 12:22 pm
I really want to get rid of all my old awful chemicals I used to use for cleaning. I know it isn't good to just throw them in the trash. Where do I dispose of them?

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday May 30, 2007, 12:28 pm
I already use vinegar for everything. It even declogs slow drains when you pour hot vinegar and baking soda down the drain. It bubbles like crazy and whoosh! Vinegar is an awesome cleaning product. Much cheaper than the hazardous stuff that isn't safe for humans or pets. Not to mention how that crap ruins our oceans and waterways.

Arlene Gould (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 8:38 am
Squirting vinegar on weeds works great. It kills the weeds in about one or two days.

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Friday June 1, 2007, 10:10 am
its all I use, with some peroxide bleach and environmentally friendly dish and laundry soap, you really don't need anything else for household and garden. my hubby hates the smell of vinegar so I have started putting a few drops of essential oils in my spray concoction of water vinegar and lemon juice.

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Friday June 1, 2007, 10:18 am
Borax and icing sugar mixed in equal parts will kill ants. just put a little in an upside down bottle cap near where the ants are and they will carry it home to the colony, sad but effective.

Debbie Walker (76)
Friday June 1, 2007, 11:11 am
does it have to be only White Vinegar and Lemon Juice, or can it be any citrus? How about a paste of baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar? Thanks, Debbie

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 12:22 pm
From what I understand you can use lime, lemon or even grapefruit juice, but it must always be rinsed well because of its acidic nature. Use can also use salt-even kosher- for scrubbing. It dissolves and I believe it is less abrasive.Vinegar will help degrease your oven. But again- let it sit a while before you do anything else.It works so you don't have too. I heard of a program on cable BBC that is about cleaning really dirty and cluttered houses in London.. Debbie- that looks like a good combo to begin with to me. Lee P.S. Hope this is helpful!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 12:27 pm
Oh- because I should have said this before - Thank you for all this info! A lot!! Lee

G. C (40)
Saturday June 2, 2007, 6:09 am
My mother used the borax and sugar combo on ants. She always told me to be careful if I have pets though because the borax can be dangerous if eaten. And knowing most dogs...
I use salt to scrub all sorts of things. And vinegar when my husband isn't home. He can't stand the smell either. I'll try the esssential oils
Anyway, thanks to all for the great info!

Christy C (91)
Monday June 4, 2007, 9:01 pm
I have been using the baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar for years, but I do it a little differently.
When I clean my sink or bathtub, I sprinkle baking soda on a wash cloth and then pour lemon juice onto it. It will fizzle a bit, but it cuts down on some of the elbow grease required. The lemon cuts the grease better than baking soda all by itself.I use the vinegar to disinfect and for my windows and mirrors.I haven't bought any commercial cleaning products in years!
This is really a great way to promote this natural way of cleaning!

Dana Polonsky (1)
Tuesday June 5, 2007, 1:28 pm
Wow James! this is some great stuff here! who knew you oculd use everyday items to clean your entire house?!?!? that's jsut crazy talk, i tell ya! good work on this, you must really know a thing or two about saving the environment and that is so dandy! keep up the great work, champ!

Lisa Choiniere (0)
Tuesday June 5, 2007, 10:54 pm
Vinegar works to remove calcifications on pet cages like guinea pig or hamster or other rodent cages. If it is stubborn you can add the baking soda or warmt he vinegar and it will dissolve the crustiness at the bottom of the cage in a snap! It also removes bird dookie from perches and cage bars etc although you typically do need to use the baking soda/vinegar combo for bird cages. AND it is NON-TOXIC! I need to buy this stuff by the drum!!

lynn n (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2007, 2:18 pm
the video missed the step of pouring some baking soda and vinegar in the toilet to clean (it will bubble up) , let sit and then clean with brush.

Carol W (119)
Wednesday September 5, 2007, 10:00 am

Didn't know the antibacterial advantages of vinegar.
Great insight. thanks for the link too James

Jill H (0)
Monday June 21, 2010, 4:44 am
Can I mix together baking soda, vinegar, and lemon in a spray bottle to use to clean the oven, as well as cleaning areas with hard-water stains? If so, how much of each product should I add? Thanks for all of the info. Time to go clear out the cabinet..:)

. (0)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 12:17 am
I have a book of these, very handy definitly if you have a stain. also toothpaste cleans most stuff but get the non-animal containing and non-animal tested one.

Stacy Ahmad (5)
Friday May 11, 2012, 6:56 am
I use straight vinegar in a spray bottle all over the house, I especially love it for cutting boards! Spray your boards and leave sit a few minutes and presto they are germ free. Make sure you still wash your boards with soap also.... :) Apple Cider vinegar is awesome....especially Braggs Organic. My kids get plantar warts occasionally and if you use the ACV straight on a tiny bit of cotton and place over the wart and cover with a bandaid do this about 2 to 3 times a day till you see the wart turn black and fall off. I tried it once on a little tiny seed wart and within 3 days it was gone and it never came back. Save yourself some time and pain at the doctors.. plus it's FREE!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:43 pm
These 3 are all i use around the house+they work magic! Thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 12:13 am
Baking soda and vinegar are excellent cleansers for most purposes.

Jo S (619)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 2:39 pm
Thanks James.
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