They say cleanliness is next to Godliness and that a clean home is the beginning of a clean mind and clean life. I have witnessed this in my own life— when my home is tidy, I feel a sense of calm and peace.
From the beginning of time people have had to clean their dwellings, and as time has gone by, cleaning products have continued to become sophisticated. Despite the advances in cleaning technology, I personally always go back to the basics when it’s time to get down & dirty with cleaning.
Here are my all-time cleaning favorites who never take a backseat the fancy new cleaning products.
White vinegar is one of the most effective and easiest ways to clean and deodorize almost anything, it doesn’t go bad, need to be refrigerated and is inexpensive. Using just vinegar and water, you can clean tea kettles, coffee makers, lime scale, soap scum, and so much more. And when you combine vinegar with other cleaning ingredients, you can clean HUNDREDS of things. In fact, we just did a post on making a homemade spray using vinegar, water and essential oils. Scroll down to see it.
Baking soda is my go-to for anything that needs to be scrubbed or soaked up. Baking soda is abrasive enough to scrub away tough stains, grease, and grime, but gentle enough that it won’t damage most materials or surfaces. You can use baking soda on it’s own to clean toilet bowls, sinks, cutting boards, and countertops. Baking soda is also an excellent deodorizer, and works magically to freshen up your mattresses, appliances, garbage cans, drawers, closets, and more. Baking soda is my go to soaker upper and deodorizer in emergencies like a red wine on spill or soaking up animal urine from a couch or mattress. It can also be used as a beauty product to clean, whiten and brighten your teeth or in conjunction with epsom salt in a bath to draw out impurities and relive sore tense muscles. This is another one I buy in a huge bag in bulk.
Salt is another natural abrasive that can help scour away stains and messes and works a lot in the same way as baking soda. One of the benefits of salt is that it is available from fine to coarse, and everywhere in between, so you can choose the type that will best fit your cleaning needs. You can also use it to scour things that you wouldn’t necessarily want to leave a harmful residue on, such as your pet’s food and water bowls. And since salt is usually close at hand, you can use it as a quick way to absorb an accidental spill at the dinner table.
Rubbing alcohol evaporates very quickly, so it makes a great cleaner for things that you don’t necessarily want to get wet, like electronics. It’s also the best thing to use for getting things to really shine, like window panes and stainless steel appliances! I also like to use rubbing alcohol to help dissolve sticky messes, like sticker or bandage residue
While most people think about hydrogen peroxide in terms of cleaning wounds, it’s a great choice for other body-related cleaning tasks as well. You can use it to clean and sanitize your toothbrush and makeup brushes, and you can even dilute it with water and use it as a mouthwash! Hydrogen peroxide’s other super power is lightening and brightening. You can use it as an alternative to bleach to remove stains, brighten dingy laundry, lighten hair, whiten teeth, and more! It’s also great for sanitizing cutting boards and getting pesticides off of vegetables by making a water and peroxide soak then rinsing veggies off with clean water after about 15 minutes. You can buy different strengths of Hydrogen Peroxide. The food grade is the strongest and may need to be diluted depending on your purpose. This is powerful stuff and you’ll know it’s working when you see the chemical reaction of it fizzing and foaming!