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How to Clean your Kitchen and Bathroom Organically with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Updated on November 3, 2013
A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen!
A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen! | Source

The dirtiest places in a house are the usually the kitchen and the bathroom. If you need to clean these areas, you may consider using bleach or other harmful chemicals. But what if I told you that you could clean them with items you can most likely find in your cupboard?

This article will show you how to clean those though stains with environmentally-friendly products.

Getting Rid of Odors

Does your fridge smell from the all of the leftovers you've been saving? Or does your trashcan smell like a dump? Here are some natural odor-killing solutions:

Refrigerator Odors

Leave a small plate of baking soda in the fridge. After two weeks, replace the baking soda with some more. You can use the old baking soda for de-stinking your sink or other appliances.

Sink Odors

Pour baking soda in the drain. Add boiling water to wash it down and keep your kitchen smelling fresh. Need a help down under? Visit www.plumberdrummoyne.com.au for assistance.

Trashcan Odors

When cleaning your trashcan, pour some baking soda in the bottom of the can. Put a cup of water into the bottom and swish it around. When you are finished, pour the mixture out and dry the bottom of the can. Leave baking soda on the bottom of the can to get rid of smells while you collect trash.

Lunch Box Odors

Do you have a cooler or lunch box that smells stale? Dip a slice of bread in vinegar and leave it in there overnight. The smell should be gone by morning.

Smoke Odors

This trick works for cigarette or cigar smoke as well as any burnt smells from the kitchen. Leave a bowl of white vinegar in the room overnight. The vinegar should absorb the smell by the next morning.

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Get Rid of Lime Deposits

Lime deposits can make your drains look dirty and old. Lime deposits can also cause clogging in faucets and showerheads. To get rid of them, follow these steps:

Showerheads

Leave the showerhead in a bowl of 1 cup vingar and 3 cups water for thirty minutes and rinse.

Faucets and Drains

Soak a rag in vinegar and wrap it around the faucets/drains. Leave on there for thirty minutes and rinse.

Don't let your bathroom get to this point!  Use the organic solutions to the left.
Don't let your bathroom get to this point! Use the organic solutions to the left. | Source

Cleaning Metal, Glass, and Toilets

Chrome

Rub with a mixture of baking soda and water. Rinse immediately.

Silver

Soak the items in boiling water with cream of tartar, baking soda and some foil. Let sit for fifteen minutes and rinse with warm water.

Brass

Make a paste with baking soda and water. You may add lemon juice for major stains. Rub onto the brass and let sit for thirty minutes. Rinse with water.

Glass

You may have some glass vases that are hard to get your hand in. Crush up eggshells and mix with water and baking soda to make a watery solution. Leave in the glass overnight and rinse in the morning.

China or Porcelain

Stains in cups can be disgusting to look at. Mix baking powder and water to form a watery solution and leave it in the cup until the stain fades away. If it is a dark stain, use vinegar instead of water (but be careful).

Getting Rid of Rust

Cut a potato in half and dip the cut side into some baking soda. Rub it over the rusted item and rinse with cold water. To prevent rust in the future, rub the item with olive oil.

Toilet Bowl Stains

Spray some vinegar onto the stain and scrub with a toilet scrubber. Leave overnight if needed.

Get Rid of Mildew

Mildew can be found on shower curtains or other areas exposed to water. Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it on the mildew area. Leave it overnight and rinse with water in the morning.

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    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Debby, it took a ton of time to get through your hubs, but I am still working on it. Each one is different and excellent! Keep up the great work.

      Deborah, Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      You put a smile on my face just now! I just visited and found your reply. Yes. I have been writing on Hubpages 3 years and the blogs add up. Blessings, Debby

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      Deborah Sexton 

      6 years ago

      Great hub, with very useful information.

      Giving you an awesome and voting it up.

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thanks, Debby. I have been busy. I should hit 102 by tomorrow. I had a ton of old writings that I was just waiting to publish and then I found HP! Thanks so much for the follow and the kind words. I look forward to reading your hubs too (if I can get through all of them haha).

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Brittany - super-duper. Great stuff. I use vinegar and baking soda all the time. I didn't realize you have posted 93 hubs in just 7 weeks. How on earth did you do that? I need to take some lessons from you. Blessings, Debby

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, K9! I never thought about writing hubs on cleaning until this weekly inspiration topic came up. Thank you for your kind words.

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      Brittany, this is exceptionally good advice for organically cleaning those kitchen and bath stinky smells! Top notch work for an experienced hubber, but perfection for a newbie! Well Done, and Welcome to HubPages!

      Cheers~

      K9

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Denise!

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Brittany-great tips here with the baking soda cleanser. :)

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Ghaelach, Thank you for reading! Hopefully this comes in handy for you.

      Simone, I agree. Leaving an entire box in there can be a waste and also less effective. Thank you for reading!

      Derdriu, Yes! These items are so powerful and are not harmful for people. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Derdriu 

      6 years ago

      Brittany: Have baking soda, lemon and vinegar, will de-odorize, de-rust, de-stain, de-toxify! Just a little bit does it, and you do not have to worry about the headaches which can ensue from working with chemicals.

      Thank you for all the practical tips so clearly explained, voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

      P.S. I particularly like your use of eggshells, which also work in compost piles and soil amendments.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Another fantastic collection of cleaning tips! Oh, the wonders of baking soda and vinegar. I love the idea of just leaving a plate of baking soda in the fridge instead of putting in a whole box like others suggest, since that always struck me as a bit of a waste! I've bookmarked this Hub and shall be referring back to it frequently. Thank you!

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      Ghaelach 

      6 years ago

      Hi Brittany.

      Some nice tricksto try to goo advice.

      LOL Ghaelach

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Kim!

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      Kim Morgan Gregory 

      6 years ago from The Coast of The South Carolina Lowcountry

      Thanks...good thoughts!

    • brittanytodd profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you!

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      Barry Rutherford 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great advice!

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