By Kathryn Sukalich on Apr 15, 2013

Clean Your Whole House with Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon

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Vinegar, baking soda and lemon can be used for many cleaning tasks around the home. Photo: Shutterstock

One way to reduce the number of cleaning products you bring into your home is to clean with products you already have. People have been cleaning with household staples like vinegar, baking soda and lemons (or lemon juice) for a long time, and believe it or not, these items are safe and often effective. If you clean with these items, you may buy less, spend less money and have fewer harsh chemicals to worry about.

Click through to get some ideas for what you can clean with vinegar, baking soda and lemon.

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      • Lila2004

        No Recyclebank link?

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          Recycle Bank points can be collected from the vertical social sidebar to the left of the post. Thanks for reading!!

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      • PickyMom

        Natural, non-toxic & inexpensive ingredients used by our mothers & grandmothers, thank you for sharing this important message~

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      • Riya Mathur

        Nice idea to clean at home with cheap options by the way what is recommended items at home which can be cleaned using vinegar +baking soda + lemon , any list

      • lucy

        i always use vinegar to clean my kettle, just pour glass of vinegar to the kettle bring to boil and leave for 2 hours, when cool, empty kettle and clean with sourcer repeat routine if need better effect. rinse kettle with water.

      • Mini Clean

        I have been using environmentally friendly chemicals ever since from the cleaning company that I have. But thank you for these tips! I can now make my own recipe as well as I can do the cleaning by myself using the products that can be found in my own kitchen. I can save a lot from this indeed!

      • Mary Buchenthal Brandis

        Thanks for sharing this. I just bookmarked it. We are moving and for the first time made a home made cleaner for grout and it worked. Looking forward to try this.

      • Lisa

        How long is the spray good for a room temp before it goes rancid from the lemon/lime juice? Thanks

      • DD

        Pour cheap soda on oil stains on concrete add vinegar & baking soda. Lightened them a bit. Catch them early & their gone. Will try peroxide & baking soda too. Of course you can swab with gas & let soak then heat with propane torch, but I’d rather not

      • DD

        There is no reason to buy those chemicals. I’ve used 99.9% of them…….. they don’t work as well as specific Natural solutions….spending $ on harsh chemicals that don’t work, or are simply overkill is a waste of time, & I’ve burned my lungs more than once,only to have a Popular product not work. Vinegar & warm water for windows, clothes,faucets, mirrors. Grapefruit wiped on a cutting board kills the bacteria from raw chicken in 20 mins…. You can pick up most items when your grocery shopping, you spend less, pollute none, poisons in the home…. an outdated waste of time. Take off that Vet Suggested poison flea collar on your friend. Get a bag of Food Grade D.E. rub on their hair, sprinkle on carpet, and be done with fleas. Its non toxic, as safe as pure water. And your not touching poison every time you hug your friend, more importantly your not poisoning your friend anymore. P.s. we also feed it to her….Killed Giardia without dealing with the vets that only know how to feed her more poisons…..

        • DB

          What’s D.E? diatomic earth?

      • Anna

        Ditch your toxic bleach cleansers and switch to baking soda instead.
        Fill an empty spice jar or yogurt container with some baking soda for an
        easy way to dispense it anytime you need it. Baking soda is great for
        cleaning tile, tubs, sinks, toilet bowls, ovens, cook tops, and more.
        After shaking some on the surface, use a damp sponge or scrub brush to
        work it in.

      • Jess

        Thanks for the cleaning recipe. I love use Vinegar baking soda and lemon juice to clean. It makes it smell good I used to use this stuff years ago and for some reason stopped and cant really remember why. I am very excited to use this stuff again. Thanks again

      • AnFarrall

        Thank you for sharing! I really enjoy this post. I love vinegar! It’s a miracle cleaner! Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the
        fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot
        harm your stomach. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using