7 Natural Household Cleaning Products

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Don't have time to run to the store? Want a quick fix to a typically tricky problem? Look no further than your own kitchen for solutions. Many household products have secret talents that can help make cleaning your face, hair, furniture and clothes easy as pie! Read about our top seven powerful household products, and you'll never want to by traditional cleaning products again.

  1. Lemon Peels: When your garbage disposal needs a good cleaning, don't bother with hiring professional or buying special product. Instead, grab a lemon! The next time you need lemon for a recipe, keep the peel and slice it into four pieces. Put the peels into your empty garbage disposal. Run the disposal until it grinds up the entire lemon peel, and then turn it off. Your garbage disposal will be clean and lemon fresh.
  2. Baby Powder: If you're in a rush and don't have time to wash your hair, then grab some baby powder. Sprinkle a little on the roots and rub it in. The powder will absorb the natural oils from your hair and leave you with a just-washed look. It only takes seconds, and it leaves your hair smelling fresher than a baby's bottom.
  3. Vinegar: White distilled vinegar is likely the most useful household product you own. It's a natural astringent, so it can disinfect toilets, tubs and kitchen counters alike. It can also remove stains from carpet and upholstery, and if you toss half a cup in your laundry load, then it gets stains out of clothes, too. If you have toenail fungus, an abscess toothache or even strep throat, you can use the vinegar to relieve pain. Really, it's the solution to nearly everything!
  4. Peanut Butter: Yes, it's delicious, but it can also get you out of a sticky situation. Because peanut butter has a high level of certain oils, it is great at breaking down fresh chewing gum to get it out of your hair (literally). Liberally apply regular creamy peanut butter to the affected area of your hair, and then let it sit for 30 minutes. Using a dry towel, pull out the gum; then rinse the peanut butter out of your hair.
  5. Olive Oil: Once thought a cure-all, olive oil isn't really a saint, but it's certainly helpful. If you have any stubborn makeup residue on your face, then just dab a cotton ball with olive oil and swipe it across the area of your face that needs cleaning. Olive oil also works as a great moisturizer for dry areas like elbows and hands, so rub a few drops on every now and then for extra softness.
  6. Baking Soda: There's a reason why Arm & Hammer now makes toothpaste; it realized what it can do! Baking soda is a great way to whiten teeth. Just mix one tablespoon baking soda with a quarter cup water. Use a Q-tip or cotton ball to spread the solution onto your teeth, let it sit for one minute and rinse it out with water. Do it twice daily, and you'll see results in a few weeks.
  7. Worcestershire Sauce: Strange but true, Worcestershire sauce is great for restoring dull and tarnished brass to its original shine. Take a small amount of the sauce, place it on a soft toothbrush and rub it wherever your brass needs polishing. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rub off the residue with a soft, damp cloth. Do it a few times as needed, and you'll see shine in no time!

At the end of the day, don't go buying all those smelly and expensive cleaning products from the store. Bleach be darned, because these natural household products will leave nothing to be desired.

Last Updated: July 22, 2011
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About Emelie Battaglia Emelie Battagila is a contributing writer for Idealhomegarden.com

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