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11 Chemical-Free Ways to Clean Your Home

Products used to clean furniture, carpets, and appliances are full of toxic chemicals that are known carcinogens. Try these alternative cleaning solutions to keep your home chemical-free!

1. Remove stains from marble: Use lemon juice and salt
1. Remove stains from marble: Use lemon juice and salt
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Combine lemon juice and salt into a paste and scrub the stain. Just make sure you don’t scrub too hard, and rinse well when the stain is gone. 
2. Clean your microwave: Heat up lemon juice
2. Clean your microwave: Heat up lemon juice
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Some foods should never, ever go in the microwave. Luckily, lemon juice isn't one of them. Combine 2 cups of water with ¼ cup of lemon juice in a microwave-safe glass dish. Then, cook on high for eight minutes. The steam from the solution will loosen crusty food particles on the interiors, making it easier to wipe off.
3. Eliminate stains from clothes and carpets: Use club soda
3. Eliminate stains from clothes and carpets: Use club soda
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Instead of using a chemical stain-remover, douse the stain with club soda. If you’ve spilled onto the carpet, scrub the stain gently with a towel.
4. Polish silver: Try cornstarch
4. Polish silver: Try cornstarch
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You can gently polish your silver without harsh chemicals by mixing cornstarch with water into a thick paste. Cover your silver in the mixture and let it try. Then, buff off the solution with a cloth to reveal a brilliant shine.
5. Clean copper and brass: Try this vinegar mixture
5. Clean copper and brass: Try this vinegar mixture
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Vinegar is the magic solution to every cleaning problem. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of regular iodized table salt. Rub the paste onto uncoated copper and brass and let it dry. Then, buff off with a lint-free cloth.
6. Take sap off of auto paint: Use mayonnaise
6. Take sap off of auto paint: Use mayonnaise
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Don’t scrub with anything abrasive. Instead, rub a dab of mayonnaise onto each spot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then with a soft rag, remove the mayo and sap. Wash your car as usual and it should be good as new.
7. Polish wood surfaces: Use olive oil
7. Polish wood surfaces: Use olive oil
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Most chemical polishes are mostly silicone, which can dull over time. Instead, wipe a bit of pure olive oil all over with a clean cloth and buff for a polished, environmentally-friendly surface. 
8. Clean a sticky stovetop: Sprinkle with salt
8. Clean a sticky stovetop: Sprinkle with salt
Whether there's an overflow at the bottom of your oven or on your stovetop, sprinkle a thick layer of salt while it’s still liquid (or dampen with water if it’s heavily stuck on). When the area cools, just wipe away with a sponge. You can also use salt to clean bacteria-ridden cutting boards.
9. Get rid of roaches: Use sugar and baking soda
9. Get rid of roaches: Use sugar and baking soda
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If you have children or pets, you might not want to use toxic products to kill pests. Instead, mix together equal parts sugar and baking soda and sprinkle in corners and behind cabinets. The roaches will be attracted to the sugar but die upon eating the baking soda. 
10. Remove water rings from wood surfaces: Try baking soda
10. Remove water rings from wood surfaces: Try baking soda
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If someone forgot to use a coaster, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water. Then, rub in a circular motion until the stain is removed.
11. Clean your carpet or rug: Start with baby powder
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No need for harsh carpet cleaner on an area where kids or pets might play. First, take the odour out by dusting baby powder over the surface with a flour sifter and leave over night. Vacuum away the powder in the morning. Then, dip a clean broom into a mixture of 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Brush it onto the rug and let it dry. 


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