11 Natural Cleaners You Already Have in Your Home (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Jan 7, 2015 Home & Garden
11 Natural Cleaners You Already Have in Your Home (PHOTOS)

natural cleaningWant your home to sparkle and smell fresh and clean? You don't need to break the bank on a barrel of cleaning supplies. Some items that'll get your wood furniture gleaming may be right in your own fridge or pantry. From lemons and salt to tea and club soda, you'll be amazed at the cleaning solutions that might be right under your nose.

Check out our slideshow and then tell us: What natural cleaning products do you use at home? 

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  • Lemon

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    Lemons, that familiar citrus, are more than just a colorful drink garnish. Lemon juice, diluted with water, is known for cleaning stains from cutting boards while killing germs at the same time, according to Mother Nature Network. Rub the juice on the stain and allow it to sit until the spot fades. Leave it overnight if you have to, then rinse and dry.

  • Cornstarch

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    Cornstarch, often used as a thickening agent in pies and sauces, is also a great window cleaner. Just mix 2 cups of hot water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of cornstarch. Give it a good stir and pour into a spray bottle. Robyn at Thriftyfun.com recommends spraying your windows and then using old newspapers to shine them up.

  • Baking Soda

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    Baking soda: It's not just for cakes anymore! Did you know this chalky white powder has the ability to unclog drains? Just pour 3/4 to 1 cup of it followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar down a clogged drain, then cover it with a wet cloth and wait 30 minutes, recommends Cheryl from Tidy Mom. After you remove the cloth, pour steaming-hot water down it for 2 to 3 minutes and watch your clog dissolve. 

  • Tea

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    Your favorite hot beverage can also double as an inexpensive and effective cleaning product. According to the DIY Network, all it takes to get your hardwood floors gleaming again is boiling water and two teabags. The tannic acid in tea creates a lustrous shine. Who knew?

  • White Vinegar

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    Have you ever had an explosion in your microwave that's left food stuck to the walls? Vinegar to the rescue! Place a microwave-safe bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in the microwave and cook long enough to boil, says Lynn, founder of TheNewHomemaker.com. Not only will this remove any lingering odors, but it will loosen any baked-on food from the microwave's walls.

  • Toothpaste

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    Did you know you can use toothpaste to clean more than just your teeth? Put plain white toothpaste to work polishing silver or removing water stains from furniture, advises health guru Dr. Andrew Weil.

  • Grapefruit

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    A grapefruit and a little salt are all it takes to make a bathtub-cleaning scrub, according to Apartment Therapy. Just slice your grapefruit in half and cover it with coarse kosher salt and start scrubbing. Depending on the condition of your tub, you may need additional grapefruits. 

  • Peroxide

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    Moms have been using peroxide to disinfect children's cuts for years, but did you know it has the power to clean more than that? Mix it with baking soda to create a paste that'll have your tarnished cookie sheets looking close to new again! Just give them a scrub and watch them come clean.

  • Olive Oil

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    Three parts olive oil to one part vinegar or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice can serve as an effective wood furniture polish, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. 

  • Club Soda

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    Club soda, that bubbly beverage, is known for its ability to lift stains. Cover an unwanted spot with cornstarch, wait 20 minutes, and then pour the unflavored fizzy drink on the stain and watch it disappear, according to Care2.com.

  • Kosher Salt

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    Have a cast iron skillet in need of cleaning but you're afraid to remove all the seasoning? ApartmentTherapy.com recommends tossing in a teaspoon of kosher salt and then scrubbing away. 

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