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Spring cleaning - Natural cleaning products

Try turning pantry and household items into natural cleaning products. They are cheaper alternatives but work just as well as commercial ones.
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - January 21, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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Spring cleaning - Natural cleaning products

Although there are all sorts of commercial cleaning products in the market, you can concoct greener and cheaper alternatives using common household ingredients like lemon juice, white vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, olive oil and talcum powder. Here are some natural cleaning products you can make at home:

Multi-purpose cleaner : Mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto kitchen countertops and bathroom sinks and wipe.

Chopping board cleaner and disinfectant: Rub a slice of lemon or pour some vinegar over the chopping board. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe. Alternatively, soak the board in vinegar for five to 10 minutes.

Furniture polish : Mix two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice. Apply a small amount to a clean cloth and spread evenly over furniture surface. Polish with a dry cloth.

Toilet bowl cleaner : Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl, then add a small amount of vinegar. To clean the rim, spray undiluted vinegar directly on it.

Carpet deodoriser : Combine two tablespoons cornstarch, ¼ cup talcum powder and ¾ cup baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet and let it stand for 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Window cleaner : Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with one litre warm water. Dip crumpled newspapers into the solution and wipe the glass. Wipe dry with another sheet of newspaper.

Odour remover : Leave a small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator or cupboard. You can also remove stale smells from food containers by soaking the container overnight in a mixture of baking soda and water.

Tile cleaner : Rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first followed by baking soda.

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