100+ Amazing Cleaning Hacks We Can Learn From The Amish (Copy)

Amish people are masters of the art of surviving off the grid, there are lots of things we can learn from them and cleaning is one of the many things.

So in today's post we will share how the Amish people are using cheap everyday ingredients to make cleaning more efficient and effective.

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Borax

Cleaning with Baking Soda

Cleaning With Lemons

1.  Eliminate Stubborn Microwave Stains

Finding it hard to get rid of hard stains in the microwave oven?

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar into a microwave safe bowl and place it into the oven,

Leave it on high setting for 6 minutes.

In the meantime the vinegar mixture turns into steam which helps dissolve the tough stains for easy cleaning.

You should find it very easy to clean off the stains.

Tip: You may want to add a few drops of citrus essential oil for better results.

 

2. Eliminate Soap Scum on Shower Glass 

Having hard water buildup or soap scums on your glass shower doors?

Those unsightly soap scum looks depressing and can have negative impact on your mood.

But as always, vinegar to the rescue!

Create a spray by filling it with vinegar and adding 1 tsp of dish soap.

Spray the glass liberally and use a sponge to wipe and spread the solution.

Allow the solution to sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with water.

Wipe the glass dry with a microfiber cloth for a sparkling new shower door.

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3. Clean Out Hard Water Stains

Have stubborn calcium buildup on your faucets that is impossible to clean?

Wrap kitchen towel around the affected areas on your faucet and pour vinegar directly onto the paper towel until it's soaking wet.

Let the vinegar sit for about 1-3 hours before removing the towel and scrubbing the remaining lime buildup with a used toothbrush.

Rinse and dry the faucet.

If you have trouble removing the lime buildup, let it soak for another hour and it should come off pretty easily.

 

4. Create A Natural All Purpose Spray

If you love natural green cleaners, then this type of vinegar spray is probably going to be your favorite!

This simple, yet power spray uses discarded fruit peels and herbs that you can find in the backyard or the groceries store, making it economical and environmentally friendly.

Scented Vinegar Recipes are Versatile and they contain 3 main ingredients:

Here's a sample Recipe to get you started:

You'll need a glass jar with lid, enough lime peels to fill half the jar, 10g of Fresh Mint Leaves.

  1. Fill half the glass jar with the lime peels and add the mint leaves
  2. Fill the jar with almost boiling white vinegar.
  3. Close the jar and store in a cabinet or under the sink
  4. After 2 days, Strains the peels and herbs and store the concentrated scented vinegar in a another glass jar.

How to use Scented Vinegar

  • All Purpose Cleaning Spray: Dilute the vinegar solution with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water to spray on household surfaces like your countertop, sink and floor. (Do Not use on marble or stone surfaces).
  • Carpet Deodorant: Use the all purpose cleaning spray (1 part scented vinegar 2 part water) to spray your carpet and leave it to dry.
  • Effective Microwave Cleaner: Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water into a microwave safe container and leave on high for 2 minutes, letting the vinegar steam dissolve the stains. Then, wipe with a microfiber cloth.
  • Freshen Your Fridge: Dip a microfiber cloth in equal parts of vinegar and water to wipe.
  • Fabric Softener: Simply Add a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to soften and deodorize the your laundries.
  • Deep Clean Your Toilet Bowl: Turn off your water supply and empty the water tank then, fill it up with vinegar. Next, stuff wet paper towel onto the water jet area and spray heavily with vinegar, letting it soak overnight. Remove the paper towel and flush out the vinegar.
  • Hardwood Floor Cleaner: Combine a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 part water in your mop bucket and use it like your usual floor cleaner. (Avoid using this on marble, stone or granite floors)

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5. Toilet Bowl Deep Cleaning Made Easy

Here are 3 simple steps to clean the toilet bowl surfaces

  1. Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup borax into the bowl and close the lid.
  2. Spray the bowl top down with an all purpose spray, and allow the solution to sit for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Wipe the exterior of the bowl with a kitchen towel and flush.

This should keep your toilet bowl shining clean and disinfected.

Deep clean the water tank by following the steps below

  • Turn off the water supply and empty the water tank by flushing
  • Add equal parts of vinegar and water into the tank to soak overnight
  • Then, simply flush out the waste water.

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6. Miracle Grout Whitener

Want to clean your grout lines without having to buy expensive and toxic grout cleaners?

We've got you covered! You'll need some white vinegar and dawn dish soap.

  1. Wet the grout line with vinegar or lemon juice, then add 2-3 drops of dawn dish soap.
  2. Use an old toothbrush to spread the mixture and start scrubbing.
  3. Wipe away with a damp cloth and your grout line should be whiten

For me, it only took 50-70 secs to completely whiten the grout which shows how effective this duo is.

In the photos, i used dawn platinum + lemon juice, vinegar is stronger but i ran out of them

Of course you can make it into a spray as well, make sure you use a stronger concentration and here's how

Combine 2 cups of white vinegar with 3 tbsp of dawn dish soap into a spray bottle and shake well.

Follow the same cleaning steps as outlined above you'll love this simple spray.

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7.  Clean Your Coffee Maker

Vinegar is great at removing coffee stains

Run a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar through the coffee maker.

Allow the mixture to sit in the coffee pot for about 20 minutes before scrubbing gently with a brush.

Run 2 cycles of regular water to flush out the remaining vinegar before brewing again.

Tip: If you have tough water marks that is hard to remove, add some baking soda and scrub.

 

8. Clean Your Wood Floors

Floor cleaners are expensive and unsustainable and they are not the best cleaning agent for your floors.

Vinegar helps to break down grease and dirt on wooden floors much more effectively.

Just add 2 cups of vinegar to a gallon of water the next time you mop the floor and you'll see the difference.

Plus, it's more economically feasible if you mop the floor frequently.

Avoid using it on marble floors because the vinegar will damage the marble surface.

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9. Unclog Your Shower Head

Lime buildup can cause your shower heads to get clogged which, affects the flow and quality of the water coming out.

Here's what you can do:

Add warm vinegar into a plastic bag and tie it over the shower head with a rubber band so that it's fully soaked.

The vinegar works to dissolve all the calcium buildup which unclogs the shower head

Leave it overnight before wiping clean to be used again.

 

10. Eliminate Toilet Stench Instantly

If you want an instant vinegar cleaning spray, then essential oil infusion might be the way for you!

This is one of my favorites when i am out of vinegar sprays, it is easy to make, non-toxic and really effective too!

How to make essential oil Infused Vinegar

You'll need a cup of water, a cup of white vinegar, 20 drops of lemon essential oil and a clean spray bottle.

  1. Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle
  2. Add 20 drops of lemon or peppermint essential oil & shake before use.
  3. Label the Bottle (To prevent mixing)

Incredibly Effective For:

  • Eliminating pee stench: If you have men or boys in the family, you probably have problems with the pee smell every so often. Simply Spray the bowl area to quickly remove the smell.
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Cutting Boards: Get rid of the bacteria on your cutting board by spraying liberally and letting it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  • Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

 

11. Get Rid of Weeds

If you have weeds growing in the cracks of your walkway and driveway.

Create a spray with white vinegar as the sole ingredient.

Spray at the roots of the weed and they should quickly start to dry out.

For stubborn weeds, add regular table salt into warm vinegar solution.

 

12. Make your Cutlery Shine Again

As cutlery start to dull out and lose its shine due to hard water exposure, you can use vinegar to make it sparkle again.

Combine 2 cups of boiling water with a cup of vinegar in a large bowl.

Place your cutleries into the bowl and leave them to soak overnight.

On the next day, rinse and dry them with a microfiber cloth and your cutleries will looks just like new!

 

13. Clean & Soften Used Paint Brush

Is your paint brush hard and sticky even after washing? Before throwing them out you should try this...

Place your brushes into a old used pan and heat the pan with white vinegar before it begins to boil.

Then allow the brushes to soak for about 15 minutes before washing with warm water and soap.

Your brush should feel like new and you don't have to waste money buying another one!

 

14. Streak Free Window Cleaner

Is your window always cloudy and lack shine? Simply create a spray with the recipe below.

Streak Free Window Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

How to make

  • Combine everything in a spray bottle. 
  • Shake well to mix.
  • Spray onto glass surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth

Mist it over your windows, allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping clean with a microfiber cloth or newspaper to prevent water mark

Avoid using regular cloth as they can leave residue behind.

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15. Clean out Your Dishwasher

Vinegar does a great job at keeping your dishwasher clean,

It prevents hard water stains from getting on your dishes and gives your dishwasher a through cleanse.

Clean out the dishwasher components first then, add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom dishwasher before running an empty cycle.

 

16. Remove Sticker Residues

Having trouble peeling and scratching off the price tag and stickers?

Here's what you can do instead:

Apply vinegar to the sticky area and let it sit for 5 minutes before easily removing the glue.

It works every time!

 

17. Remove Vegetables Pesticides

Produce from the store often comes with pesticides and bacteria that we don't want and water simply isn't enough to remove them.

Pour a cup of vinegar into the container and fill with water until the vegetable is fully submerged.

Allow it to soak for a few minutes then clean the vegetables and rinse with water before letting it drain dry.

 

18. Soften Your Fabrics

Ran out of fabric softeners? Allergic to them? Or find them too expensive?

Whatever the reasons, you can use vinegar to achieve the same effect without the side effects!

Here's a simple way to do it:

Just before the rinse cycle phase, add 3-5 cups of vinegar according to the amount of load.

That's it! You'll have softer fabrics that's free of odor.

 

19. Clean Your Oven Naturally

Don't want to buy chemicals just to clean the oven?

Here's what you can do instead:

First, make some baking soda paste by adding water, apply it to your oven and allow it to sit overnight.

On the next day, spray the oven with vinegar, scrub off and wipe with a damp cloth.

 

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20. Clean Your Leather Furniture

Unlike leather cleaners, vinegar is gentle and more affordable and is just as effective.

Vacuum Clean your leather furniture to remove any dirt and debris.

Combine equal parts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle

Spray the solution on your furniture and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth before drying with a clean towel.

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21. Freshen up Your Carpet

No more scrubbing away at carpet stains and tolerating bad odors that comes out from it.

Combine one part vinegar with 2 parts of water with a tablespoon of baking soda into a spray bottle.

Spray the stained area or the entire carpet and allow it to dry.

After drying, vacuum the carpet and you'll find that the smell has disappeared.

 

22. Create Your Air Freshener

If you want to ditch the aerosol spray but don't know what to use then, here's how you can make one.

Combine 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar into a spray bottle and add citrus essential oil if you like.

This DIY spray is environmentally friendly, much healthier and very pocket friendly

 

23. Make Your Blender Look New Again

After multiple uses, your blender will start to look old and cloudy due to buildup of hard water stains.

Here's a quick fix:

Fill the blender with warm water until it is half full, add a cup of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.

Leave the blender running for 2 minutes and rinse it clean.

You should be able to see through the blender, just like when you used it for the first time.

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1. Effective Stove Top Cleaner 

Greasy stove top? Use a Borax cleaning solution!

Start by mixing 1 tbsp of borax with 1 cup of warm water and then add 1 tsp of dawn dish soap.

Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the solution and spread over the stove top.

In some case, you might want to let it sit for 30 minutes for the food particles to loosen before scrubbing.

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2. Kill Mold And Mildew

Create a mixture by combining a liter of water and 1 cup of borax into a spray bottle.

To remove mold or mildew, spray and saturate the affected area and leave it for 2 hours.

Use a little scrubbing to get the mold off then rinse with water.

 

3. Toilet Cleaning

To begin, add 1 cup of borax into your toilet bowl before going to bed.

In the morning, you want to brush all corners of the toilet bowl just like you normally would with a cleaner.

Allow the mixture to sit for another day before flushing. You'll get clean and odorless toilet bowl just like that!

You can even ditch your toilet cleaners because borax is probably cheaper and more effective.

 

4. Unclog the Drain

Clogged drains are huge headache, but borax will get it unclogged fast

To begin, boil a kettle of water.

Add 1/2 cup of borax directly into the clogged drain then add 1 tbsp of white vinegar over it.

Allow the mixture to sit for 2 minutes before pouring 1 quart of boiling water.

After 20 minutes, run the tap to clear the drain

Borax, when used with hot water dissolves the gunk while vinegar helps with disinfecting.

 

5. Whiten Grout Lines

To start, create a a mixture with 1/3 borax and 1/2 cup of baking soda and hot water.

With an old toothbrush, apply this mixture or paste onto the grout and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Scrub the grout with an old toothbrush and watch the dirt drop off like magic!

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6. Miracle Floor Cleaner

The next time you mop the floor, create a floor cleaning mixture as follows

Combine half a cup of borax, a gallon of boiling hot water with 1 tsp of dawn dish soap in a bucket

Use this special mix to mop the floor to get rid of food stains, scent and repels insects.

This is also a fantastic way to deodorize and disinfect your floor.

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7. The Best Bathroom Tiles Cleaner

Borax is the best cleaner for your bathroom tiles period.

It dissolves even the toughest stains, leaving your tiles squeaking clean.

Make a spray by combining 1 cup of borax into 2 cups of warm water and 2 tsp of dawn dish soap.

Spray the mixture onto your bathroom tiles and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing with a scour pad scrubbing brush and rinse.

 

 

8. Deodorize Garbage Can

Does your garbage can smell like death? Tried washing it again and again but the smell is still there?

Give your trash can a rinse with Borax!

Combine 1 cup of Borax with 2 cups of water and pour it into the garbage can, and swoosh it around.

Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Dry under the sink and just like magic the smell will disappear!

 

9. Cheap Effective Laundry Detergent

If you prefer making your own laundry detergent, then you should give borax a try.

They can be used alone or as a laundry booster

Borax will whiten, deodorize and clean your clothes, towels, bedding as effectively or better than commercial laundry cleaners.

 

10. Make An All Purpose Cleaner

With it's amazing cleaning properties, Borax is an excellent ingredient for an all purpose cleaner.

To make a spray, combine 6 tbsp of borax with 2 cups of white vinegar and 3 cups of warm water.

The combination of borax and vinegar will ease the any type of cleaning making it the king of all purpose spray.

Use this spray for your kitchen, stove, countertop, tables, fabric, remember to avoid marble material because vinegar is acidic.

 

11. Powerful Rust Removal

Rust will weaken any piece of metal and can be expensive to treat using polish and paint.

Instead here's what you can do 

Combine 1 tbsp of borax with 1 tsp lemon juice in a quart of warm water.

Soak the rusty metal in the solution for 4 hours before scrubbing off.

If the rust is stubborn

Create a paste with lemon juice and borax and apply to the rusty area.

Borax and rust do not go together because Borax will react with rust and remove it.

 

12. Sterilize & Clean Mattress

When cleaning mattress, take care to not drench your mattress.

Create a spray with 1/3 cup of borax with 2 cups of warm water and drops of lemon essential oil for its antibacterial properties.

Spray all corners of your mattress taking care to not saturate any parts of the mattress.

This mixture kills hidden bed bugs, mites while keeping your bed smelling fresh and clean.

Finally, you want to end off with a vacuum to suck out any remaining dirt

 

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13. Goo Remover

Have children at home? Then it's probably quite common to find sticky glue and paste all over the place.

But fret not!

You can create your own goo remover by combining 1 part borax with 2 parts water into a spray.

Spray over the gooey areas and clean with a scrub or sponge.

 

14. Powerful Ant Killer

If you have annoying ants in your home, then you can create a borax sugar trap.

Simpy mix equal parts of borax and sugar then sprinkle along the ant's path

Alternatively you can add tiny cotton balls for them to bring back to their ants nest, killing them all.

 

15. Sterilize Brushes & combs

Skip the hard work of manually scrubbing away at brushes and combs.

Here's what to do instead,

Fill a mug with 2 tbsp of borax, 4 drops of dawn dish soap and warm water then soak your combs and brushes in it for about an hour.

Rinse, and your combs or brushes will be cleaned and ready to be used.

 

16. Cleans & Sterilize Linens 

To remove mildew and mustiness from your pillowcases and linen, simply follow these steps.

Remove all linens from your pillow and mattress

Place them into the washer, add warm water and half cup of borax.

Allow the linens to soak for 1-2 hours before washing in the machine.

 

17. Revive Old Dish Cloth

Most of us throw out dishcloth away after they get all greasy and musty.

Here's how Borax can save your cloth so you don't have to waste them away

First, boil a gallon of water

Add a a cup of borax to a pot of boiling water then add the dishcloth.

Soak for 2 minutes before add a few drops dawn dish soap to the mix.

Soak for another 20 minutes before rinsing and sundry.

Your dish cloth should be as good as new and don't have to be thrown away!

 

18. Clean the Sink

Do you have stains on your sink?

If so grab a cup of borax and a quarter cup of lemon juice and combine into a solution.

Spread the mixture onto the affected area or simply spread across the sink and scrub.

Once cleaned, rinse and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth for the best results.

 

19. Powerful Deodorant For Your Fridge

If you happen to run out of baking soda and need an alternative to clean the refrigerator, you can use borax and here's how:

Create a solution with a cup of warm water and 1 tbsp of borax

Dip your microfiber cloth or sponge in the mixture and use it to wipe down the interiors of your fridge.

You'll be able to remove any rotten or funny smell just like that.

 

20. Carpet Deodorizer

Borax is an amazing carpet deodorizer that works better than commercial carpet deodorizers.

Mix 1 part Borax into 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil.

Sprinkle the mixture over your carpet and allow it to sit for an hour before vacuuming it off your carpet.

This will remove odors, destroy germs, dust mites and harmful microbes.

 

21. Removes Pencil & Crayon Marks From Wall

If you have overly creative kids who loves to doodle on the wall, then all you need is some borax spray.

Combine 1 tbsp borax and 1 cup of warm water into a spray.

Spray affected areas and use a cloth to wipe off the pencil and crayon marks.

 

22. Restore Old China Dish Set

Make your china dishes shine again with borax!

Here's how

Soak your dishes in the sink filled with warm water and 1/2 cup of borax.

Let the dishes soak for 30 minutes before removing and rinsing.

Borax restores it's shine by simply removing the dirt.

 

23. Kills Weed

Destroy weeds in the concrete cracks and walkways with borax.

Simply sprinkle borax powder on the weed and add some water. Borax will surely kill the weeds.

Take care not to use borax in your garden as it will also kill your plants.

 

24. An Amazing Glass Cleaner

Combine 1 tbsp of borax and 1 cup of warm water into a spray bottle.

To use, spray on both sides of your windows or glass door and wipe it with a microfiber cloth on a rag.

Wipe dry with a squeegee or newspaper and you'll have clear shinny window in no time

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25. Rusty Bathtub and Faucet?

Remember that i mentioned that rust and borax are enemies?

If your bathtub or faucet is rusty, here's what you can do

Add Borax to a damp cloth and use it to scrub away at the rusty areas of your bathtub.

Instead of filling up a sink with soapy water you can now quickly wash knives, bowls, and pans without taking more time and wasting water.

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26. Create Your Own Dish Soap

Want to make your own dish soap? Here's how

Combine 1 cup of borax with 1 cup of grated soap, 10 cups of hot water and 10 drops of lemon essential oil.

Add the soap to a dispenser.

 

27. Remove Stubborn Clothes Stains

If you have sporty kids or family member, then you'll surely find yourself washing heavily stained clothes.

So to clean up the awful mess, mix 1 tbsp of borax with 2 tbsp of water and apply onto the stained area.

Allow the paste to sit for 2 hours before scrubbing the stain away and adding to the laundry.

 

28. Dissolve Hard Water

If your water supply contains hard water then, you will find gunky build ups around your faucet and sinks.

So, instead of throwing your faucet away, you can restore it's shine by using borax.

To remove hard water stains, create a mixture of borax solution by combining 1 tbsp of borax and 2 tbsp of lemon.

Apply this to the faucet or sink before scrubbing and rinsing.

For more severe water stains, you might want to wrap paper towels around the faucet and soak with the same solution for hours before scrubbing

 

29. Freshen Up Your Humidifier

Humidifier starts to smell bad with time and need to be deodorized from time to time.

To do this, add 6 tbsp of borax and 3 quarts of water into the water tank of the humidifier.

Run the humidifier for about 30 minutes before emptying and rinsing with clean water.

Any musty smell from your humidifier will be gone and they will be smelling fresh and clean.

 

30. Cleaning Porcelain Sinks

Porcelain can get stained easily with frequent use. 

To clean, make a paste with 1 cup of borax and quarter cup vinegar. Add more or less vinegar depending so that the paste isn't too watery.

With a sponge or microfiber cloth, rub the stain away with the paste and rinse with warm water.

 

31. Clean Patio Furniture

Instead of buying patio cleaners, you can use Borax as the cleaner.

You will need to combine 1 tsp of dawn dish soap and 1 tbsp of borax and 1 quart of water into a spray bottle.

Spray onto your patio furniture and wipe the dirt off with a microfiber cloth.

 

32. Eliminate Pee Stench

Having boys or pets at home means that you have to deal with the disgusting urine stench from time to time.

Urine stench does not go away quickly but with Borax, it does.

You can use the all purpose borax spray mentioned earlier in this post or simply wet the area with water and sprinkle it lots of borax.

Allow the spot to dry and clean the borax residue by vacuuming or wiping away.

 

 

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1. Remove Pesticides from Produce

Produce that we get from the supermarket are commonly sprayed with pesticides and we don't need them in our diet.

With baking soda you can easily remove pesticides and contaminants.

Here's how:

Fill a bowl with about 300 ml of water

    Add 2 tbsp of baking soda, stir until completely dissolved before gently brushing and then patting it dry.

    Scientific Experiments has proven that baking soda is more effective at pesticides removal than commercial produce wash and harsh chemicals like bleach

     

    2. Eliminate Oven Grime & Stubborn Stains

    Cleaning the oven without the right tool is a tough chore that never gets done.

    But here's how you can use baking soda to help that problem

    Create a paste by combining 1 part water to 3 part baking soda

    Apply that paste to your oven and let it sit overnight.


    On the next day, spray the oven with vinegar, scrub and wipe it down.

    Simple.

    But it works every time! 

     

    3. Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

    No more buying expensive chemicals to unclog the drain!

    Here's how to fix it:

    • Pour a kettle of hot boiling water down sink
    • Add 4 tbsp of baking soda and allow it to sit for 5-8 minutes
    • Boil equal parts of water and white vinegar in a pan
    • Pour the boiling vinegar mix over the baking soda and wait for 10 minutes
    • Do a final cleanse by pouring a kettle of boiling water.

    This chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar melts the residue blocking the drain.

     

    4. Eliminate Those Carpet Odor 

    If you have pets or your carpet constantly come into contact with moisture, they are going to smell.

    Refresh your carpet by using baking soda

     

    Simply grab your box of baking soda and scatter it liberally over your carpet as leave them overnight.

    On the next day, vacuum up the baking soda and you'll find the that smell has completely vanished.

     

    5. Keep Your Oral Tools Clean

    Your toothbrush contains lots of germs and bacteria and needs to be cleaned frequently.

    Here's how you can keep them clean:

    • Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda into 1 cup of water
    • Soak the toothbrush overnight
    • Rinse it under cold water

    Unlike chemical cleaners, baking soda is non-toxic, safe and works just as well!

     

    6. Neutralize Oil & Grease Naturally

    Have leftover grease and oil residue in your oven?

    We know how annoying it is to clean

    So, here's a better solution:

    • Add baking soda onto the stained area
    • Add White vinegar and allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes
    • Wipe with a damp cloth then wipe dry.

    This mixture effectively neutralize the oil for an easy cleaning work.

     

    7. Brighten Your Laundries

    Brighten your lighter colored clothes and give them a cleaner look with baking soda

    And it's simple,

    Every time you do your laundries, add 8 tbsp of baking soda to your laundry soap.

    Your clothes will look fresher, brighter just like new!

     

    8. Clean & Deodorize Your Sponge

    Kitchen sponge tend to degrade fast and quickly find its way to the trash can.

    With baking soda, you can revive dirty smelly sponge and use them for a longer time.

    Here's the steps:

    • Add 1 tbsp of baking soda to 300 ml warm water
    • Soak the sponge in the mixture for 3 hours
    • Increase the amount if you have more sponge to clean

    This will remove the foul smell from your sponge and you'll have a fresh new sponge for use.

     

    9. Deodorize Your Shoes

    If you have sweaty feet or live in humid areas...

    Chances are your shoes will get smelly really fast.

    No worries, here's a quick fix:

    • Add about 1 tsp of baking soda into your shoe
    • Let it sit overnight
    • Dump out of the powder next the day and wear them

      Baking soda draws out the smell leaving your shoe fresh and odorless.

       

      10. Deodorize Your Fridge

      You might have expired food that you've forgotten to take out, or you have leaving your fridge smelling like the garbage can.

      Here's what you can do:

      • Pour a box baking soda into 2 containers
      • Place one of them at the top, the other in the freezer

      Baking soda is well known for absorbing strong odor. 

      You can remove it when the smell is gone.

       

      11. Eliminate Bathtub Soap Scum

      If your bathtub looks dirty and filled with hard water marks then it's time to use this recipe:

       

      Follow the 3 simple steps below:

      • Create your cleaning agent by mixing 2 part baking soda, 1 part water and 1 part dawn soap.
      • Apply the mixture to your bathtub liberally & let it soak for an hour
      • Use a sponge to clean out the gunk before rinsing

      This mixture is very effective against soap scum, and mildew.

      Works like a charm!

       

      12. Deodorize Your Cutting Board

      For this you'll need half a lemon and 2 tbsp of baking soda:

      Sprinkle baking soda over the cutting board and Use the half lemon as your sponge to scrub the board.

      This eliminates the odor and leave the cutting board fresh and clean.

       

      13. Removes Burnt Food

      I'm sure you would agree if i said burnt food is the hardest to clean, right?

      With the help of baking soda, it becomes so much easier.

      • Create a paste but mixing equal parts of water and baking soda
      • Apply the paste to affected area, letting it sit for 30-60 minutes.
      • Add soap dish and give it a scrub

      If the burnt does not come off completely, add paste and wait another 30 minutes.

       

      14. Clean Your Water Bottle

      Water bottle becoming oily and start to smell after a month?

      For 1 litre water bottle, add 3 tsp of baking soda, fill with water and let it soak overnight.

      Pour out the water, Rinse and its ready to use again!

       

      15. Freshen up Your Mattress

      Baking soda draws out the odor and dust very effectively.

      Here's how you may do it:

      • Sprinkle baking soda liberally over your mattress
      • Let it sit for a couple hours 
      • Vacuum the baking soda out

      Your mattress should feel brand new and the odor is gone!

       

      16. Safe Floor Cleaner 

      If you disliked the idea of using chemicals for cleaning the floor then, this is for you!

      Make your own floor cleaner by combining a cup of vinegar, baking soda and some water.

      Add the mixture into your mop bucket and mix it with your mop.

      You have a safe yet powerful floor cleaner that removes dirty and grime effectively.

       

      17. Clean Mug Stains

      Get Tea and Coffee Stains off the mug with just baking soda

      Wet the mug, add baking soda and wipe with a damp sponge

      For thick stubborn stains:

      • Make a baking soda paste by combining 1 part baking soda to 1 part water
      • Apply the paste to mug and let it sit overnight
      • Scrub the stains off the next day

       

      18. Deodorize Your Wardrobe

      If your wardrobe starts to smell, this could be due to the humidity levels.

      But luckily there is a very simple solution

      Just open a box of baking soda and leave it inside the wardrobe and watch the smell disappear.

       

      19. Make Your Stove Top Shine

      After preparing a meal, your stove tops can get really messy and there might be stains that are hard to remove.

      Here's how to use baking soda to clean up the mess:

      • Sprinkle baking soda onto the stovetop liberally
      • Spray vinegar over the baking soda
      • Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the residue away

      This combination helps to break down the residue making it easier to clean.

       

      20. Clean Your Toilet Bowl

      Replace toxic blue toilet cleaners with baking soda to clean and deodorize your toilet bowl

      Add baking soda into your toilet bowl then, add a cup of vinegar and start scrubbing away

      You'll find that it works just as well as the blue liquid except it's cheaper and non-toxic.

       

      21. Keep Garden Pest Away

      Do you know that baking soda is a garden must have?

      it is natural pesticide, it increases the ph level of soils, repels pest, boost plant growth and more!

      Quickly lets make a spray!

      Mix equal part of baking soda and water with a couple drops of olive oil into a spray bottle.

      Use the spray on the leaves and soil to prevent slugs and fungals from developing.

      1. Remove Hard Water Stains 

      Hard water are basically dissolved calcium and magnesium in higher concentration. 

      They stain your sink, faucet shower glass and shower head and cannot be removed with soap and regular cleaner

      Wrap in towel paper so that the lemon gets to soak entirely on the faucet.

      Soak the towel in lemon juice and white vinegar if you have some for 10-30 minutes.

      Remove the toilet paper and start scrubbing at the remaining minerals and rinse off.

      To make your faucet really shine, use some baby oil on your faucet.

       

      2. Create Your All Purpose Spray

      Don't throw away your lemon peels, they can be made into a natural cleaner that's effective and have a great fragrance.

      Here's how you can make one:

      You'll need as much lemon peels as possible, 1 glass jar with lid and a bottle of white vinegar

      1. Fill the glass jar halfway full with the lemon peels
      2. Fill the jar to the brim with white vinegar and cover the lid
      3. Store the solution in a dark place for 3 weeks
      4. Strain the peels and keep the store the citrus cleaner.

      Combine equal parts of citrus cleaner and water into a spray bottle for your all purpose spray.

      How to use this spray?

      • Hard water removal: Spray and let it sit for 10-20 minutes before scrubbing with an old toothbrush
      • Deodorize: Spray on cutting board, washing machine and inside the dishwasher
      • Clean Surfaces: Wipe kitchen counter, sink, bathtub, inside the fridge 
      • Disinfecting: When disinfecting, allow the spray to sit for at least 5 minutes before wiping up.

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      3. Make Some Natural Toilet Bombs

      Here's is a recipe that'll simplify your toilet cleaning routine.

      No more holding your breath each time you can clean the bathroom!

      Here's what you'll need for the natural toilet cleaner:

      • 1 cup of Baking soda
      • Quarter Cup Citric Acid
      • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
      • 30 Drops of essential oil
      • 1 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide
      • 1 Large Mixing Bowl

      Here are the steps to make them:

      1. Add a cup of baking soda, 2 tbsp of lemon and quarter cup of citric acid into the large bowl and start whisking.
      2. Add 30 drops of tea tree oil and 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide into the small bowl and combine
      3. Transfer the content in the small bowl over to the large one and whisk slowly, to prevent too much foaming.
      4. At this point, you should test if the mixture is of the right moisture. If the mixture does not hold its shape, add more baking soda and if it's too dry, add more hydrogen peroxide.
      5. If the moisture is right, add the mixture into a silicone mould or ice cube making mould and leave it to dry uncovered for 12 hrs.
      6. Store in a cool, dry place for future use.

      We recommend to drop a toilet bomb into the bowl and let is soak overnight before flushing it the next day.

      Your toilet bowl will be freshen up, disinfected and you'll tell the difference.

      1 | Hydrogen Peroxide

      2 | Baking Soda

      3 | Citric Acid

      4 | Essential Oil (Optional)

      5 | Lemon Juice

       

      4. Easy Toilet Cleaner

      Because lemon is a great stain remover and deodorizer, pairing lemon juice with borax is a great way to make yourself a powerful toilet cleaner.

      To make this, combine 1/2 cup Borax with half a lemon, pour into the toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile before scrubbing with a brush.

      This is an inexpensive recipes that smells great, non-toxic and it gives your toilet bowl that sparkling white finish.

         

        5. Eliminate Soap Scums

        Here's how to remove the unsightly and impossible to remove white layer that covers your shower tub, shower glass and bath tiles.

        Combine 1 tbsp of dawn dish soap with the juice of 1 lemon and some water.

        Dip a sponge or scour pad into the mixture and apply it onto your shower glass while scrubbing simultaneously.

        Let it sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a sponge.

        Rinse with warm water and leave it to dry.

        This works on shower glass, tiles and mirror with soap stains.

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        6. Deodorize & Disinfect Wooden Utensils & Board

        Have wooden cutting board or utensils that have started to smell despite being cleaned? 

        Here's what you can do

        Prepare half a lemon, coarse salt, bench warm water, dry cloth then follow the 4 simple steps below:

        1. Sprinkle the coarse salt evenly on the wood surface
        2. Squeeze the lemon slightly as you use it like a brush to scrub the cutting board or utensils. 
        3. Leave it to sit for 6 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and dry clean

        This method is safe for deep cleaning and disinfecting without toxic chemical hence, keeping your food safe.

         

        7. Descale Your Kettle

        If you are affected by hard water stains then chances are your kettle has calcium deposit at the base and they look eeky.

        Simply add 2 tbsp of lemon juice and vinegar into half a litre of water before leaving it to boil.

        Pour out the mixture and boil again with plain water to get a clean and descaled kettle.

         

        8. Clean Your Coffee Maker

        After extended use, your coffee maker needs a cleanse to get fresher, cleaner brew.

        The good news is that it only takes 5 minutes!

        Start by running a cycle with just water to flush out the coffee residues.

        Next, add a cup of lemon juice and a cup of water into the pot turn on the coffee maker to let the mixture run through.

        After the brew cycle is completed, flush the coffeemaker 2 more times with plain water to remove any remaining residue and lemon juice before use.

         

        9. Remove Strong Smells On Your Hands

        You've probably have garlic or onion smell on your hands that never seems to go away.

        No worries! Squeeze some lemon juice and add some baking soda to your hands and rub them together. 

        Rinse with water and the smell should quickly disappear

         

        10. Polish Your Brass

        Have your brass lost their shininess?

        Here's what you can do to get it sparkling again.

        You'll need:

        Here are the steps:

        1. Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl and combine 1 tsp of baking soda.
        2. It should fizz up and form a nice smelling paste.
        3. Apply the paste onto the brass and rub with a cloth until it starts to shine
        4. Rinse the paste off and dry with a dry towel.

        This should make your brass decor stand out again

         

        11. Freshen Up Your Fridge

        Is there a bad odor coming out of your refrigerator?

        Ensure that you've thrown out the source of the odor then, grab a lemon.

        Dab lemon juice onto a cotton ball or a nice clean sponge and leave it in different sections of the fridge overnight

        Tip: Place them near the vents to help clean out the bad smell faster

           

          12. Remove Plastic Stain

          Plastic food containers can retain stain and food smells and are almost impossible to remove.

          Simply Squeeze some lemon juice and add baking soda into the plastic container and let it sit for 5 minutes before flushing with water.

          These 2 ingredients work together to break down stains, grease and odor quickly so you'll be able to reuse your containers.

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          13. Freshen Up Your Bathroom

          Grab a lemon, cut it into half and stick cloves into the flesh.

          Leave this on the toilet and it will remove any odor present while giving your bathroom a fresh lemony smell.

           

          14. Makes a Bleach Substitute

          Bleach is a powerful cleaning and disinfecting agent, but, it is not safe for the human body and can cause environmental damage.

          Here's a safer alternative that you can make with lemons.

          You'll need these ingredients:

          • 0.75 gallon of water
          • half cup of lemon juice
          • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
          • Large Glass Jar

          Combine all the ingredients into a large glass jar and stir.

          How to use?

          • For laundries, add 2.5 cups of the mixture to each laundry load and you'll get bright and fresh looking clothes and towel.
          • For removal of mold and mildew, Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray liberally over the affected area,

           

          15. Clean Out Your Microwave Oven

          Want to get your microwave oven fresh and clean with no scrubbing or harsh chemicals?

          All you need are 2-4 lemon slices, 2 tbsp of white vinegar and some water!

          Add, 2 tbsp of white vinegar, a cup of water and 2-4 slices of lemon into a microwave safe bowl.

          Place the bowl into the microwave oven and choose the high setting to cook for 4 minutes.

          After it sit in the microwave oven for another 4 minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth.

          You'll notice that the grimes and stain has come off pretty effortlessly, leaving the microwave oven's interior bright and clean.

           

          16. Make Your Glass Surfaces Sparkle

          Do you have cloudy dull looking glass that you want to beautify but don't know how to clean?

          Here's a natural glass cleaner spray that you can make with lemon.

          You'll need:

          • Half cup of Rubbing Alcohol
          • 1/2 teaspoon dawn dish soap
          • 4 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

          You will want to combine all 3 ingredients into a spray bottle and fill the rest with regular water.

          Spray, the glass with the glass cleaner you've made and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or newspaper.

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          17. Freshen Up Your Carpet

          You can freshen up your carpet simply with just 2 ingredients!

          Combine 3 tbsp of lemon juice with a cup of baking soda then spread the mixture over your carpet.

          Ensure that the mixture isn't too wet or it'll take a long time to dry.

          Leave the mixture to dry overnight so that you can vacuum it up the next day

           

          18. Neutralize Odor in Cat Box

          Is your cat box making the room smell? It probably does!

          Here's what you can do:

          Cut up 6-8 slices of lemon and place them into a bowl. Then, place the bowl into the room where the box is.

          The odor will disappear leaving a fresh lemony smell.

           

          19. Freshen up The Trash Can

          If you garbage can is starting to smell and you can't seem to get rid of the stench even after cleaning it then it's time for lemons!

          Simply squirt a tbsp worth of lemon juice and add 2 tbsp of baking soda into the disposal opening, allowing it to sit for 15-20 minutes before flushing with water.

          This may be used for deodorizing new trash can with terrible odor.

           

          20. Whiten Grout Line

          Did you know that you can use lemon to whiten your grout line?

          With a little help of dawn dish soap, these duo makes for the perfect grout whitener!

          Squeeze some lemon onto the grout line and add 2 drops of dawn dish soap and start scrubbing.

          I scrubbed for about a minute and the grout line seems to already whiten.

          I wipe it down with a clean cloth and my grout line is shiny white!

          I did this on a small area just to demonstrate the power of these 2 ingredients and so you can see the difference it made.

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          21. Make a Natural Dishwasher Detergent

          Are you searching for an alternative to regular dishwasher detergent?

          Then, I've got a recipe for you

          This lemon made dishwasher detergent uses natural ingredients that are both effective and safe.

          Here's what you will need:

          • 5 small lemons (Remove All seeds)
          • a cup of salt
          • 8 Tbsp of White Vinegar
          • 4 cups of water

           Follow the steps below to get your natural dishwasher:

          1. Dice the lemons into thick pieces.
          2. Boil the lemons with 2 cups of water gently for 15-25 minutes until it becomes slightly thick.
          3. Add the cooked mixture and 2 cups of water to blend until smooth.
          4. Filter out the rinds and pulps
          5. Add a cup of salt and 8 tbsp of white vinegar to the filtered mixture and stir
          6. Boil the mixture for another 20 minutes on slow head and you should end up with a starchy liquid like mixture
          7. Pour the final mixture into a glass jar to store for future use.

          Whenever you run the dishwasher, add 4 tablespoon of the detergent into the dispenser and run on high temperature wash.

          This mixture is a powerful grease remover, antibacterial agent and helps to dissolve mineral deposits for a fresh and clean smelling dishwasher.

           

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