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.

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.