In most homes 3 common ingredients can usually be found, and they can help clean and disinfect your home easily and inexpensively.
So what are these three ingredients? They are salt, vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar, baking soda and salt are all gentle disinfectants. Disinfectants stop the smells and stains caused by bacteria, by killing the bacteria.
Alkaline substances break down dirt such as grease and mud. Baking soda is an alkaline. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate) is an odor absorbing, deodorizing and mild abrasive and great at cleaning.
Acids break down dirt such as lime scale, soap scum, and stains of mustard, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages. Vinegar is an acid. White vinegar is a grain based plant extract that cuts grease, dissolves gummy build-up, removes mildew odors, some stains and waxy build-up.
Table salt is generally considered neutral. Table salt is an effective non-scratching abrasive cleaner that has bacteria inhibiting qualities.
Here are a few ways to use straight vinegar.
- By adding 1/2 cups of plain white vinegar to every load of laundry is a great fabric softener and also reduces static cling. It also helps the clean clothes smell cleaner.
- Vinegar is also good to remove antiperspirant stains from clothes. Just rub the spot gently with a vinegar-soaked cloth, or soak it for a bad stain. -
- You can use vinegar as a toilet bowl cleaner if you pour in 1 cup and leave it overnight, then scrub it in the morning.
- You can also make a basic cleaner using vinegar, water and a spray bottle. Combine:- 2 cups Water- 2 tablespoons Vinegar. Mix these together in a spray bottle and use as a general surface cleaner. This can be used on any surface like windows, counters, refrigerator shelves and drawers, and table tops. Be sure to label the bottle.
There are several ways to use plain baking soda as a cleaner. Because baking soda is alkaline it is good at breaking down dirt such as grease and mud.
- Use baking soda as a carpet and room deodorizer; sprinkle baking soda on rugs and carpets, wait at least 15 minutes and then vacuum up the powder.
- For a room deodorizer, put ½ cup of baking soda in a decorative, uncovered container and leave it out. Just like it does in your refrigerator, the baking soda will absorb odors from the air.
- Shake a generous amount of baking soda on baked-on residue on your pots and pans and let this sit for 15 minutes. You will find that the baking soda does a great job of getting the baked-on residue off the pot.
- A little baking soda in your warm mop water will brighten a dull floor finish. Dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water and mop with the solution, then rinse.
Salt is particularly good at absorbing grease and oils.
- Like baking soda, salt will help remove burned food from pans. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt as soon as possible and let it soak with some hot water, then scrub away the mess.
- You can reduce white marks left from sweaty beverages or hot dishes on wood if you gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the stains.
- If you add a little salt in the final laundry rinse your outdoor, line-dried clothes won’t freeze in cold weather.