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What are the best solutions for the most common household cleaning problems?

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A good supply of vinegar, baking soda and water can be used to manage most household cleaning chores. Additionally, chlorine bleach can be used to disinfect and to brighten white laundry.

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What are the best solutions for the most common household cleaning problems?
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Baking soda is an odor absorber and offers people a natural way to boost laundry detergents. Sprinkle baking soda in trash cans to deodorize them, or place an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors. A paste made with water and baking soda is useful to scrub appliances and for general cleaning in the home.

Vinegar is an acidic cleaner that kills germs on surfaces. Typically, a cup of white or apple cider vinegar is mixed with a gallon of water for normal cleaning. A mixture of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a quart of water can be used to clean mirrors and windows, while a cup of white vinegar in the final rinse softens laundry. Mold and mildew are killed by spraying undiluted white vinegar directly on the surface of the mold, followed by a thorough rinse.

Chlorine bleach removes stains on white clothing. On surfaces, it prevents the spread of bacteria. To use as a disinfectant, mix 1 tablespoon of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Apply the bleach solution, then rinse the surface thoroughly to remove any residue. To boost laundry detergent, add a 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach to white clothing during the wash cycle.

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