Nowadays, there are numerous cleaning products available in the market to assist homeowners in keeping their homes clean. Some are affordable, while others come with pricey tags. If you are a homeowner yourself, you know how important it is to find quality cleaning products to keep your home spic and span. In fact, you have probably invested on the pricey ones because of the promise that they will dissolve all those stubborn stains that make cleaning all the more difficult.
Looking past the specially-formulated cleaners you can find on the shelves of your local grocery, however, there are actually four cleaning products you should never be without. They are things that you probably already have at home, or can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of specialized cleaners. They can be safely used alone, together or in conjunction with other cleaning products and tools that you commonly use when attending to the cleaning needs of your home. They are also a good choice for people with allergies and are ideal to use if you wish to minimize the amount of chemicals in your home. Curious to know what these four cleaning products are? Read on to find out.
Also referred to as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is found in mineral deposits, groundwater and lake sediments. Probably the most versatile cleaner around, it is capable of vanquishing almost everything from muddy paw prints to stubborn stains. More than just a speck of white powder, baking soda has a lot going on that makes it a must-have cleaning product. First is that it is mildly abrasive, which is why it it acknowledged for its gentle yet effective cleaning ability. It easily dissolves in water, allowing the crystals to round off before they damage any surface. It is also able to buffer or naturally neutralize acids, allowing it to modify odors before they smell bad.
You can use baking soda to keep food disposals fresh, remove stains, perspiration and bad odor from clothing, clear smudges on wall paper, remove crayon marks on walls and other surfaces, clean grout, polish silver, remove burned food mark, kill mold, mildew and some types of insects, and clean screen stains and mineral deposits off your windows just to name a few.
White vinegar is a staple in many households, perhaps including yours. This type of vinegar is derived either from grain-based ethanol or a lab-produced acetic acid diluted water. Because white vinegar can be too sour for most cooking purposes, it easily established itself as a formidable cleaning product.
As a cleaning substance, many people swear by the power of white vinegar in keeping their windows clean. And for such purpose it is usually placed in a spray bottle and spritzed onto windows and other glass surfaces, then wiped with paper towels or newspaper. Other than cleaning your windows you can also use white vinegar to remove stains, soap scum and mineral deposits in sinks, tubs and showers. It can also be used to cut grease on dishes and crystal, soften clothes and remove lint from dark clothing, sterilize inhalers, tube and baby bottles, kill weeds, and safely eliminate strong odors.
Also known as carbonated water, seltzer water or sparkling water, club soda is a combination of carbon dioxide gas and plain water. A primary ingredient in carbonated drinks, club soda does more than just quench thirst. It is also a good cleaning concoction, considered as the best emergency spot-remover available.
Club soda comes in handy in cleaning up spills on clothing and carpets, though it should be applied immediately before the spill becomes stain. All you have to do is to pour the club soda on the spill and the carbonation that solution makes will bring the spill onto the surface, which you can blot with a rug or cloth. The salt contained in club soda, on the other hand, will prevent staining. Club soda works well in eliminating spills from wine, tea, coffee and soda.
Sometimes, the most effective cleaning product is right in your own backyard, and this rings true for lemons, particularly their juice. Lemon juice not only works wonder in keeping your food tasty, it is also considered as nature's very own bleach and disinfectant.
Use undiluted lemon juice to remove rust and fruit-based stains on clothes before putting them in the washer. You can also keep silver, brass and copper squeaky clean by combining lemon juice with salt. This natural cleaner also works well in removing stains in sink, countertops, dishwasher, and eliminating food odors.
Perhaps if there is one drawback for these four cleaners, it's that it will take more elbow grease to clean compared to their commercial counterparts. However, you may also count the extra elbow grease as a part of your daily exercise, so it's still a win-win situation.
About the author: The Stone Cleaning by Heritage Cleaning is one of the best cleaning services available for both private and commercial stone buildings as well as for stone building restoration and conservation projects. The article above was written by one of Heritage Cleaning's regular contributors.