Baking soda, vinegar cleans any home surface

Baking soda, vinegar cleans any home sur - Want a great cleaning solution that eliminates hard water scum? How about removing crusted food from the microwave without scrubbing?

Indianapolis house cleaning experts say the answer’s likely right inside your kitchen cabinets in the form of simple products, such as vinegar, lemon oil or just a damp cloth.

“Part of cleaning for me is the basics,” says Franklin member Sara Colburn-Alsop, who used highly rated The Best Cleaning Lady service on the Southside of Indianapolis for biweekly cleanings and a deep clean when she moved into a new house. “If you have vinegar, and you have baking soda, you can clean your house.”

Cindy Wright, owner of Cindy’s Custom Cleaning in Indy’s Lockerbie Square, says a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and paper towels can clean most surfaces in her clients’ homes. Her other must-have supplies include cleaning vinegar, laminate floor cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and Comet for bathrooms.

Wright, who charges an average of $120 to $130 per cleaning, says she also keeps a damp rag in her arsenal.

“Right underneath the doors and next to the floor, just use a damp cloth and run it under there,” she says.

Also, try these expert tips:
Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to eliminate fingerprints or marks on white or light-colored walls and floors. Lemon oil works well to treat spots on dark wood.
Combine Murphy Oil Soap and water to make a solution to clean hardwood floors, cabinets and baseboards. It also makes them shine.
Microwave a cup of vinegar to break up food residue that’s stuck inside before wiping it out.
Remove smudges and smears on stainless steel by using a damp microfiber cloth.
Instead of spraying and wiping down every leaf on artificial plants, rinse them all off at once in the sink or hose and set them outside or on a counter to dry.
For glass shower doors with hard-water stains, clean them with vinegar to leave behind a streak-free surface.
If you find it tricky to keep dark granite countertops smudge-free, use soapy water to wipe them and then buff dry with a clean, dry cloth.
Sanitize doorknobs, doors, walls and other areas by wiping with a mixture of antibacterial dish soap and white vinegar in a bucket of hot water.
Sprinkle baking soda in showers and sinks to act as a natural cleanser and deodorizer.

Additional reporting by Staci Giordullo.
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