(May 2006)


Since it is spring, The cleaning bug is here. I thought it would be a good time to do a newsletter on cleaners, especially safe, all purpose more natural cleaners that are easy to store and not expensive to purchase in large amounts. Also not harmful to your health.

WHITE VINEGAR- Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using it.
*The uses of vinegar are nearly endless. In addition to cleaning, it is an excellent item for cooking and for home science experiments .The health benefits are many as well.

*Keep a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to use for cleaning windows.

*Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a gallon of water to keep your no wax floors clean and shining.

*Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter.

*Pour 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle for streak free, sparkling dishes everytime!!

*For persistent room odors, place a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight.

*To clean silver, pewter, copper, or brass, dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in one cup vinegar. Add flour to create a paste (1/4 cup or more). Apply the paste to the metal item, and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.

*To clean wood paneling, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Apply to paneling with a soft cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.

*To remove corrosion or chemical build-up from showerheads, soak in vinegar overnight.

*Remove stains from the toilet bowl by spraying with vinegar and spraying.

*To remove soap build-up from faucets, clean with a mixture of 1 part salt to four parts vinegar.

*Spray shower walls and shower curtain with vinegar to help prevent mildew.

*Remove strong odors. Rinse jars with a half and half mixture of vinegar and water to remove garlic or other strong odors. Boil water with several spoons of vinegar to remove the smell of burnt food from your kitchen.

*To keep colors from running in the wash, soak in vinegar before washing. To decrease lint on clothing, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

*To make your "brights brighter", add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

*For fresher cloth diapers, add one cup distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle. This will break down uric acid and remove both lingering stains and scents.

*To remove soap residue from the washing machine, run an empty (no laundry) cycle with one cup vinegar added.

*To remove the smell of smoke from clothing, add a cup of vinegar to a tub of hot water. Let clothing hang in the same room for several hours.



Baking Soda Baking soda is a sodium bicarbonate, a natural substance that maintains the pH balance. Baking soda neutralizes both acids and bases, so it actually eliminates odors rather than just covering them up. In cooking, baking soda releases carbon dioxide when heated, and this causes cookies, breads or cakes to rise.

*Cleans and deodorizes.

*Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap.

*Baking Soda is perfect to use as a gentle scouring powder - it won't scratch your shiny appliance surfaces, but it's abrasive enough to lift dirt and stains for easy removal. It's great around food prep surfaces because it's not leaving a chemical residue.
*In the laundry, helps liquid laundry detergent clean better,


Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home.

*can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

*is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper.

*can be mixed with vinegar and or baking soda to make cleaning pastes.

*Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.

*Mix 1 cup olive oil with cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for your hardwood furniture.

Borax - It deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. It also prevents mold and odors. Great alternative for those who do not want to use bleach.

Bleach - great for whitening, removing mold and mildew, and most general cleaning. Best used diluted with water. DO NOT MIX BLEACH WITH AMMONIA, VINEGAR, OR TOILET BOWL CLEANER.

Salt - regular table salt makes an abrasive, but gentle, scouring powder.


Fifty uses for vinegar-

Several Recipes for cleaners


Azure Standard sells 50lbs of Baking Soda for $26.25

and 5 gal of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for $22.09