The use of chemicals for various purposes is on the rise. However, majority of people do not realize the bad effects that these things leave on the living space and the environment.

Rising synthetic chemical use in home environment is leading to health problems such as bronchitis, asthma and allergies. A household can also adopt the use of non-toxic and environmentally responsible alternatives for cleaning and other purposes.

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Here are a few natural cleaning products that you can use safely at home.

Lemon is a potential cleaning agent. You can use lemon to clean your microware in a few minutes time. Just mix three tablespoons of lemon juice into a cup of water. Keep the mixture in a microwave safe bowl inside the microwave and keep the microwave on for a few minutes. The steam from the bowl will condense on the ceiling and walls of the microwave. With the help of a soft cloth or dish rag, you can clean the microwave effectively.

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Using lemons you can also: clean wooden cutting boards, remove stains from butcher block countertops, clean and polish copper cookware, deodorize and clean smelly plastic containers, clean the blender and remove rust from the knives.

White vinegar and water can be used to clean various household items. You can clean computer peripherals including the keyboard, screen and mouse. Just make a 50/50 vinegar-water solution and dampen a cloth into this mixture. You can then use this cloth for cleaning the items.

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If there are ballpoint-pen marks on the walls in your house made by your budding young artist, you can clean them too with white vinegar. Use some full-strength white vinegar on a clean cloth. Rub the cloth on the marks until they are gone. This method can also be used to clean the blades of a sticky scissor. White vinegar is also effective for cleaning rugs, piano keys, stained furniture, leather furniture, removing polish buildup and brick fireplace.

You can use borax and washing soda together as dishwasher soap. You can disinfect your kitchen sponges by putting them in the dishwasher when it is in use.

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For cleaning clogged drain pipes, you can pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup vinegar. The reaction between these two natural cleaning products will break the fatty acids thus releasing the drain pipe. Use boiled water after 15 minutes of this procedure to clear the residue. Be cautious while using boiled water with plastic pipes. Such pipes may melt if boiling water is used for cleaning in a large volume.

Baking soda can be used for cleaning water and deodorizing. It can also be used effectively for cleaning oil and grease stains from the floor. Put some baking soda on the stained floor and rub with a wet brush.

For polishing shoes, you can use olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the shoes and clean with a dry rag.

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Two teaspoons of white vinegar mixed with a liter of water can be used effectively for cleaning stained window glasses. A strong solution of vinegar in water can etch the glass. Thus, maintain the ratio as suggested to avoid clouding the glass.

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