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Alternatives to Household Chemicals

Window Cleaner

A mixture of white vinegar and water can get windows clean and streak-free. Combine 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 quart of water. Place the solution in a spray bottle for fast application and use paper towels or newspaper for cleaning windows. You do not need to rinse the solution as air-drying is sufficient.


Straight white vinegar can help break up the grease on the tops of stoves, ovens and counters, and can provide cleaning results similar to a chemical-based degreaser. Allow the vinegar to soak on areas that are tough to clean to help the vinegar do its job. Rinsing with water after cleaning with vinegar can help remove the smell of the vinegar, though it is not necessary after wiping down the area with a towel or cloth. The vinegar scent dissipates as the vinegar dries.

Furniture Polish

Mix together 3 cups of olive oil and 1 cup of white vinegar to make a homemade furniture polish that can be used for wood products. Apply the solution to a clean towel and work it in circular motions. Continue polishing the area and go back over areas that have too much of the mixture after wiping them down.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix 4 tablespoons of baking powder with 1 quart of warm water to create a cleaner that can be used throughout the house. Use this all-purpose cleaner on counters, refrigerator surfaces, bathroom sinks, and non-wood floors and tables. Do not use this cleaner on marble or wood. Store the solution in a spray bottle and use clean towels or cloths for wiping down surfaces being cleaned with the solution.

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