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If you’re sensitive to harsh chemicals, try using natural cleaners.

You don’t need a cabinet overflowing with harsh chemical cleaners in order to keep a tidy, clean, healthy house. Instead, have ample supply of borax, microfiber cloth, vinegar, white vinegar, baking soda and some tough scrubbing brushes.


Basically Borax, which is just sodium tetraborate, can clean everything. For your bathroom, it just needs to be sprinkled onto a sponge and dampened. In the kitchen, borax can be used as a surface cleaner but it can also clean the garbage disposal in your kitchen drain. Just drop a few tablespoons down the disposal, then rinse it out with water (while the disposal is on).

Microfiber cloth

With windows and mirrors, no liquid cleaner is necessary if you have microfiber cloth. One wet cloth and one dry cloth are all you need to get your mirrors and windows shining again. Microfiber cloth is sold cheaply at most major stores, so it’s an easy alternative to traditional glass-cleaners like Windex. These sturdy little cloths can also be used on bathroom surfaces.


A 50/50 water and vinegar solution can be used to clean windows and mirrors, just put it in a spray bottle. Then, wipe it away with old rags or newspaper. Beware: paper towels and vinegar solution create streaky residue. The same vinegar and water solution can also be used to clean tile, counters, cabinets, and even get soap scum out of the shower.

White Vinegar

Toilet bowl stains don’t stand a chance when white vinegar and baking soda combine. First, coat the toilet bowl with baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes, then add white vinegar to the water in the bowl. The chemical reaction of the two will have your toilet cleaned easy-peasy. Then, just scrub!

Baking Soda

Combine baking soda with water or vinegar to make a paste capable of cleaning bathroom gunk and tough stains. Also, it’s helpful to coat toilet bowls with baking soda before cleaning. When it comes to cleaning grout, mix baking soda and undiluted hydrogen peroxide together then scrub with a toothbrush.

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