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A clean home is a healthy home. Or at least it ought to be. Surprisingly, as it turns out, scientists are showing that some of the cleanest homes actually expose us to disease. The chief culprit is our cleaning products and the resulting chemical saturation. The good news is that you can have a spotlessly clean home, reduce the chemicals in your home, and save a ton of money to boot. Here’s how.
Five Basic Cleaning Supplies
With five basic cleaning supplies you can clean almost everything in your home. You probably already have these supplies on hand.
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Mild dish detergent
- Rubbing alcohol
Getting Started in the Kitchen
Clean your sink daily by scrubbing it down with a nonabrasive sponge and baking soda. For really tough stains, dribble a bit of lemon juice on the stain and scrub with salt. Clean your microwave by microwave a half cup of white vinegar for one minute, then wiping down the inside of the microwave with a soft cloth or paper towel. The vinegar and steam loosen any caked on food. Clean the burners of your stove with a paste of baking soda and water.
Tips for Cleaning the Bathroom
Use a spray bottle filled with 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar to clean porcelain sinks, tubs, and toilets in the bathroom. Clean show stalls by spraying the walls with warmed white vinegar. Leave the vinegar on the walls for 15 minutes then scrub with baking soda and sponge. Rinse with clear water and you’re done.