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What characteristics do natural cleansers have?

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Natural cleansers do not have chemicals or other toxic substances to harm people or the environment, are effective, leave a fresh scent, and can be easily made at home. Besides water, some of the most common natural cleanser ingredients include baking soda, lemon juice, salt and white vinegar.

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What characteristics do natural cleansers have?
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Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is used for baking, but it is also an efficient cleaner. The substance reacts with the fatty acids in grease, removes stains, softens water and is a whitening agent. Baking soda is slightly abrasive, which helps when cleaning kitchen or bathroom tiles.

Fresh lemon juice not only has a pleasant scent, it is filled with citric acid. When used full strength, lemon juice gets rid of mold, disinfects toilets, cleans glass and even helps remove the grime often found at the bases of faucets. The lemon scent is so popular that many manufacturers add it to dish soaps and detergents.

Salt is slightly abrasive and a disinfectant. Used on its own, it removes stains from dishes and kitchen utensils and can help unclog drains. Paired with baking soda, salt is an effective grease cutter.

White vinegar has acetic acid, helpful for dissolving calcium deposits in everything from coffee pots to dishwashers to shower doors. As it dries, white vinegar acts as a room freshener. Mixing white vinegar with olive oil helps clean stains and cup rings off of wood furnishings. Vinegar, salt and water combined make an effective all-around cleanser. Using cider vinegar, which has a slight brownish tinge, isn't advised because it may stain.

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