Buying a different product for every cleaning task isn’t always necessary, many jobs around the house call for common household items as cleaners. Polish your silver by boiling it in water with a little aluminum foil and baking soda, or get rid of mold in tile grout with hydrogen peroxide. Eartheasy has lots of alternatives to expensive cleaning products. You’ll save money, and help the planet too. Example:
All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.
And there are tons more like this. We really had no idea you could use mayonnaise to remove a water ring on wood. Share your tricks with us in the comments.—MEGHANN MARCO