We all have our favorite home cleaning remedies for cleaning our homes; some are sworn by traditions passed down through generations while others are cleaning techniques we may have picked up on our own throughout the years. Some home cleaning remedies seem strange but can be effective (using toothpaste to polish silver comes to mind) while others may be damaging and actually cause more harm than good (in example mopping wood floors too often and with too much water, which can cause eventual cracking and expansion of the wood boards). Below we will discuss some home cleaning remedies that are both cost effective and sure to produce the results you desire.
Stainless Steel appliances are items found in an increasingly greater number of homes for good reason; they are both aesthetically pleasing and also durable. One problem with stainless steel appliances, however, is they are more apt then standard appliances to attract and show fingerprints and smudges. Stainless steel cleanser is a great product to use to clean these appliances; but some home natural and non-toxic cleaning remedies work just as well. White vinegar, lemon juice, and even soda water can all be used to clean stainless steel at a fraction of the price. Make sure you use a mild detergent with water and a soft cloth (never abrasive) after using the above mentioned product to wipe down the appliances and they will appear as new.
Vinegar is an inexpensive and non-toxic product that has a multitude of cleaning uses around the home. As discussed previously, it works wonders on stainless steel. Vinegar also makes a great cleansing solution for glass surfaces and windows; simply mix warn water and vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe with newspaper immediately after for a streak-free surface every time. Vinegar also works great to clean Formica counter-tops; soak an unused and clean cloth with pure white vinegar, wipe down the counter-tops, then use a clean dry cloth to adsorb excess moisture. Vinegar can also be used to sanitize toilets, remove soap scum from shower door glass enclosures, and sink and bathroom faucets and fixtures. It is truly a wonder cleaner.
Lemon juice (either from a fresh squeezed lemon or pre-bottled) is another cleaning product one would not necessarily think to use, but is both non-toxic and inexpensive at the same time. Lemon juice provides a great crisp smell after being used for cleaning purposes, and like vinegar has a multitude of uses. It is great for cleaning out and freshening a dirty microwave; simply place a squeezed lemon in a bowl of water and run the microwave for three to five minutes after standard cleaning for a fresh smell. Just like vinegar, it can also be used to remove soap scum from shower doors, walls, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Lemon juice can even be used to wipe-down and clean door knobs and handles.
As we can see there are many home cleaning remedies that can be used to maintain a clean home. Many inexpensive, natural, and non-toxic products can be used in almost all areas of the home for cleaning purposes. It should be noted for specialty products such as limestone or natural stone counter-tops or floors it is highly recommended to read the manufacturers guidelines on what cleaning products to use as not to damage the surfaces or void any warranties. Hopefully the above home cleaning remedies will be useful in helping you maintain the clean home you deserve.