Clean Your Entire House With ONLY These 3 Products {Natural And Cheap Too!}

I’ve always been kind of a simple girl, and I like to extend that simplicity into keeping my home clean.   Cleaning has to be simple or I simply wouldn’t do it.  You can keep your cleaning supplies to a bare minimum and use products that serve multiple purposes.

My top 3 go-to cleaning products are Vinegar, Bar Keepers Friend, and Baking Soda. Check out all the amazing things that these loyal cleaning friends can do!

White Distilled Vinegar

My absolute favorite go-to cleaner is plain white distilled vinegar.  Vinegar is an all-natural disinfectant and sanitizer, and it works miracles! There is no need to buy the fancy stuff – I buy the cheapest brand I can find, which is the Walmart store brand in my area.  You can typically find it in a 1 gallon jug, and I usually buy two of them just so that I never run out.  For a really great all-purpose cleaner, you only need to add a cup of vinegar to a 32-ounce spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water.  

How simple is that? Just 2 ingredients and you’ve replaced that expensive cleaner that you have been using…for a fraction of the price..  An added benefit is that white distilled vinegar is chemical-free. That’s a pretty good reason to consider the switch!  

Bonus Tip:  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil either for increased cleansing power, disinfecting, or simply for the pleasant aroma.  Click here for more information on my favorite brand of essential oils!

Bar Keepers Friend

For abrasive cleaning power, I always have a canister of Bar Keepers Friend in my cleaning arsenal.  Bar Keepers Friend is a product made from oxalic acid, a natural occurring element in plants.  It’s been around for many years and is found in the cleaning aisle near the other scouring powder products such as Bon Ami and Comet.  

My favorite use for BKF in the kitchen is scouring my stainless steel sink.  The majority of my pots and pans are also stainless steel, and Bar Keepers Friend does amazing things when it comes to quickly and easily removing tough cooked-on food from my cookware.  BKF literally makes my kitchen sink and pots and pans **shine**! !

Now on to the bathroom. You can also use this scrubbing powder to effectively remove soap scum from bathroom sinks and showers, requiring less elbow grease.  This is the first thing I reach for when cleaning anything that requires scrubbing power.

Of course, you should always do a small spot check to make sure this scouring powder will not harm the finish on whatever you’re cleaning.  I have never had an issue with this on porcelain and fiberglass, but it may be a concern with finishes that I don’t have in my home.

Bonus Tip:  Although Bar Keepers Friend isn’t as cheap as vinegar and baking soda, it’s still a very affordable cleanser especially because a little goes a long way!  The container has a peel off cover over the holes for shaking out the product, and I only uncover 2 of the holes.  This allows me to start with a smaller amount so there’s less waste and it lasts longer.  **Use masking tape to cover the holes if the peel off cover won’t stay put.

Baking Soda

Oh, baking soda, let me count the ways I love thee…

Our grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and ancestors coming over on the Mayflower used this common staple for not only baking but cleaning, as well.  How it fell out of favor I’ll never understand, but fortunately all trends come back into style eventually.

Baking soda can be added to the washing cycle to whiten towels, bedding, clothing, or even cloth diapers.  Not only does it whiten, but it eliminates lingering odors too.  Tomato sauce stained your bowls?  Scour with baking soda, or let sit for tougher stains, and the stain will disappear.  You can even use baking powder to whiten your teeth by adding a small amount to your toothbrush!

While I love Bar Keepers Friend for serious cleaning, baking soda has similar scrubbing power but is less abrasive.  This means it can be used on more fragile finishes that BKF may damage.  If you can use it on your teeth {and on your face as a cleanser!}, then you can certainly use it on household finishes!

Baking soda has what seems like an infinite number of uses, but my favorite characteristics of baking soda are its ability to remove odors, its whitening power, and its gentle abrasiveness.

A few ways that you can use baking soda to get rid of odors

  • Place ¼ cup in a small glass bowl in the fridge and another in the freezer.  Change when you no longer notice the icky smell or after 2 weeks.
  • Sprinkle in cat litter boxes each day after scooping out the used litter.
  • Remove odors from plastic storage containers, such as those you store leftovers in, by making a paste with baking soda and a small amount of water.  Coat the container and lid with the paste and let it sit overnight.

Bonus Tip:  If you used baking soda for getting rid of odors, don’t just toss it in the trash!  Use it up instead.  I dump ¼ cup down each drain in my house and follow with 1 cup of vinegar.  After letting it sit for 15 minutes, I flush the drains with 4 cups of boiling water.  Now you have clean {and better smelling} drains too!

With these 3 products in your home, you will never need to buy overpriced chemicals from the cleaning aisle.  You can tackle every cleaning chore imaginable with a cleaning kit of only  vinegar, Bar Keepers Friend, or baking soda.  Plus, you’ll save money, and keep your home safe from harmful chemicals, as well!

Do you have a favorite go-to chemical-free cleaner or cleaning tip?  Post in the comments below!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where we’ll dive into…and click here to sign up for even more awesome tips and tricks on how you can live a healthier lifestyle in The Blackberry Patch weekly newsletter.

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