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Simply Cleaning Your Home

Updated on October 25, 2010

Really Simple Cleaning Tips For Your Home

Cleaning your home with really simple cleaning products that are super cheap is a cleaning solution that makes sense as well as saving you more than a few cents. Rather than spending your time, energy and money on the vast quantities of cleaning supplies available on the store shelves you can open your cupboard and select a few simple products. With ketchup, lemons, vinegar, baking soda and alka-seltzer and water from the faucet you are all set to make your home simply sparkle.

Using what you have on hand in your own kitchen you can save money and clean almost anything from silver to bugs off walls.

Simply Use Water

Water, in nature, has incredible cleaning capabilities.  In your home using just water will clean jello, mustard, ketchup, wine and squished bugs off your walls. 

Simply Use Ketchup

Ketchup removes tarnish from brass and copper.  Your copper bottomed pots and pans will shine after being rubbed with a damp cloth dipped in ketchup.  After you have rubbed ketchup on the tarnished areas simply rinse and dry.  Use ketchup to clean tarnished silverware using the same method.  To clean small items such as jewelry simply soak the jewelry in a small bowl of ketchup, clean gently with an old toothbrush and then rinse and dry with a clean cloth.  Even your kitchen sink will shine after a rub down with a dollop of ketchup.  Rubbing a squirt of ketchup around in your stainless steel sink with a sponge or a cloth and rinsing with warm water is all it takes to restore the shine. 

Simply Use Baking Soda

A half a cup of baking soda in two gallons of water will take care of your back splash as well as your wood and tile floors. To clean your microwave dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water, use it to dampen a cloth or sponge and wipe your microwave clean. For baked on food in your microwave put a two tablespoons of baking soda into a dish of water in a microwave safe cup and boil for a few minutes before wiping clean.

Sprinkle baking soda on your kitchen and bathroom counters and simply wipe them clean. Baking soda is non-toxic. For black heel marks or greasy spills on your linoleum floors sprinkle with baking soda and wipe with a warm, damp cloth. Deodorize carpets by sprinkling with baking soda and leave ten to fifteen minutes before vacuuming.

For burnt on food put baking soda in the pot or pan, add hot water and let soak overnight. They will be much easier to clean in the morning.

Combs and hairbrushes can be cleaned with a solution of water and baking soda and just a quarter of a cup of baking soda once a week in the bathtub and sink will keep the bathroom drains from clogging.

Simply Use Alka-Seltzer

Those narrow vases that are so hard to clean can be handled with alka-seltzer.  Two tablets into a vase half filled with water.  Simply wait until the fizzing stops and then rinse.  To clean the coffee maker use four tablets of alka-seltzer, add water, wait for the tablets to dissolve and then set to brew.  Rinse out the carafe your done. 

A clog drain can be handled with four tablets of alka-seltzer down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar.  Let it be for about ten minutes and the flush with a pot of boiling water.  If the fridge starts smelling a little off one tablet in a cup of water bubbling away in the refrigerator will have it smelling clean and fresh. 

Simply Use Lemon

A simple application of lemon juice to a stained counter top along with a light scrub with baking soda will have your counter looking new again.  Simply allow the lemon juice to sit on the stain (not too long, they are strong little fellows), sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the area and scrub.

Lemon juice can be used to clean silver and brass and it does a wonderful job of cutting soap scum on shower doors.  Lemons also have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  A bit of lemon juice in vinegar will neutralize the vinegar smell and leave a fresh, clean scent.

Put lemon rinds in the garbage disposal to reduce bacteria and odors.

Nine Parts Warm Water To One Part Vinegar

Simply Use Vinegar

White vinegar is simply the most economical and useful home cleaning product period.  From windows to carpets, from laundry to oven some simple applications of vinegar will handle a multitude of household cleaning chores. 

Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener in the washing machine and it can also be used to set colors in colored clothing, sheets, towels and even jeans.  Simply adding a bit of vinegar to the first wash for new clothing or linens will set the colors and stop 'bleeding'. The washing machine can be cleaned and freshened by adding half a cup of vinegar then putting the machine through a cycle.

For wood floors use nine parts of warm water to one part of vinegar.  To handle a pet accident on carpeted floors simply pat or spray the area with vinegar before blotting the area with a dry cloth.  The result is no stain and no odor. 

A mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle is perfect for cleaning windows and mirrors.  It can be used to clean the entire bathroom, fixtures and all. Vinegar not only deodorizes it handles mildew.  Adding a bit of lemon juice to the vinegar and water will add a fresh, clean scent.

The simple use of vinegar will remove water spots from stainless steel appliances.  Vinegar can be used to wipe down the inside of the fridge and leaving a small dish of vinegar on the counter will handle any lingering cooking odors.  A small dish or bowl of vinegar left in a cooling oven overnight will handle odors and grease making the oven easy to wipe out.

Simple Solutions For Cleaning Your Home

Use those old spray bottles the old cleaning solutions came in to house the newly adopted simple cleaning solutions. The local 'Dollar Store' is a great source of spray bottles and inexpensive cleaning cloths.

Gone will be the unending stock pile of the latest and greatest cleaning product to hit the store shelves. No more toxic chemicals to keep out of harms way. The old 'cleaning cupboard' can be put to better use and the house will sparkle.

Simply Gone!


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    • Sex-N-KansasCity profile image

      Sex-N-KansasCity 7 years ago

      I'm always cleaning my house and those are some helpful tips I will defently try. Thanks!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      wonderful tips and advice. Some of them sound really interesting. Great hub.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Not hogging - contributing and thank you for it!!

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      Loveslove 7 years ago from England

      Dont wanna hog it...but just thought of another one.

      Chewing gum on carpet or soft furnishings? Use an ice cube..rub it on and leave...the gum will peel off


      same problem different method.....Rub offending gum with Acetone ( Nail Polish remover) that works even better

    • raisingme profile image

      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Those are two more great tips. Today HubPages, tomorrow we clean up the world! Thank you both for contributing.

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      Loveslove 7 years ago from England

      You know how hard it is to get into the bottom of a glass vase to get all the gunge off after flowers have been in it for a while...especially crysanthumums,they always seem to make green slime....

      Put a handful of rice in the bottom add water shake about and hey presto a clean sparkly vase

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      I seem to remember as a kid watching the bucher scrubbing his chopping table and I'm sure he was using handfuls of salt.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Thank you for the visit and the comment. I'll have to take a look for your hub. I am curious about salt as a cleaning product. I haven't heard of that one before. My problem now is what to do with all that freed up space under the sink.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I did a similar hub last year on 4 cleaning products - I think they were lemon, vinegar, salt and baking soda but I would have to go and look! It is amazing what you can do with simple products without all the perfumes and additives - not to mention they are easier on your hands. I have to admit though, I've never heard of the ketchup cleaning method but you can bet I'm going to try it! Thanks for the tip!!!

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Maybe ketchup makes us shiny on the inside too. And Loveslove, thanks for adding another simple tip.

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      Loveslove 7 years ago from England

      I clean my jewellery with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Wonderfully SIMPLE Hub... thanks for sharing , sounds like the sort of thing Granny would have known about if we'd been listening !

      Not sure but if Ketchup does all that you claim do I really want this on my food... or are we talking inner cleanliness as well ?