3 Natural Ingredients to Clean Virtually Everything

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When it comes to space in a dorm or apartment, they all have one thing in common: not enough of it. With out-of-season clothes, extra sheets, and kitchen supplies, it's no surprise that most closets and underbed areas are already overflowing.

Cleaning products can be one of the most unwieldy and cumbersome items to try and organize. Irregular bottle shapes and the absolutely staggering selection of brand-name cleaning supplies are overwhelming, and manufacturers seem to be telling us that we need a different cleaner for every single thing we own.

Thankfully, there are a number of natural cleaning remedies, made from things that you probably already have in your kitchen or closet, that won't take up the space of your 10+ window/bathroom/rug/counter cleaner bottles. With a pinch of ingenuity and creativity, you can easily clean nearly everything you use daily, all without a potentially dizzying chemical scent.

In this article, we'll detail three natural cleaning supplies that, when mixed with a few basic ingredients, can run the gamut of things that need some TLC every once in a while. Let's get started!

White Vinegar

Vinegar

White vinegar is a handy remedy for a number of things, but it has a nearly inexhaustible list of uses and applications in cleaning.

  • Clean your shower with a 1:1:1 ratio of water, vinegar, and dish soap
  • Make DIY fabric softener with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and baking soda during the rinse cycle
  • Have your windows sparkle with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar

Lemons

Lemons


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A natural go-to for deodorizing and brightening, lemons are a great tool in the kitchen for more than just cooking.

  • On laundry day, bring your whites back to crisp perfection by adding lemon juice to your whites-only load. For even more power, put lemon juice directly on the stain and let it dry in the sun.
  • Remove pesky food stains from plastic Tupperware by leaving on some lemon juice for a few hours
  • Clean and deodorize your dishwasher by putting a cup of lemon juice into the bottom rack and setting it to run on the rinse cycle

Corn Starch

Cornstarch

Grease (usually from pizza) comprised about 85% percent of all the stubborn laundry stains I've had to deal with in college, and corn starch is a wonderful and cheap tool to get rid of 'em.

  • Got a grease stain on your prized leather purse or shoes? Sprinkle corn starch on, let it sit overnight to soak up the grease, then shake it off the next day.
  • Drop another piece of pizza (sauce-side down, always) on the couch? Mix equal parts baking soda and corn starch, add water to form a paste, and apply to upholstery overnight.
  • For post-gym sneakers that are smelling increasingly like you just ran a marathon in them, add some cornstarch inside and shake out the odor in the morning.

What do you think?

Ever used one of these natural remedies before? What other natural cleaning products do you like? Do they work as well as name-brand cleaning products? Let us know with a comment!