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Natural Cleaners for Concrete Patios

TDS Reader Contributors

Looking for natural products or homemade cleaning recipes that work well on concrete patio surfaces? TDS Reader Contributors share their tips and tricks on how to get rid of stubborn mold without using harmful chemicals.

Using Lemons for Health and Cleaning

Dianne Tyndall

We've all had a grandma who taught us, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, lemons do a lot more than just make lemonade, and our grandmothers knew it. Along the way, we have forgotten many of the beneficial things lemons can do. Take a look at all the ways that our grandmothers used lemons in their homes.

How to Clear a Clogged Drain Naturally

Ryan Edun

A clogged drain is a major inconvenience whether it occurs in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. Chemical drain cleaners can erode pipes and cause burns to the skin, which makes them hazardous to use. Fortunately, it is possible to clear a clogged drain naturally. These steps will clear most clogs caused by common problems like grease, soap, food, and hair. Just a little time, elbow grease, and non-toxic chemicals should get the job done.

Removing Home Odors Naturally

Eric Nirschel

It can be tempting to go out and get the most powerfully abrasive (and expensive) chemical cleaner you can find to deal with the unwelcome scent, but in truth, a wide variety of smells can be dealt with easily, cheaply and naturally.

Homemade Cleaner for Jetted Tubs, Shower Heads & Sprayers

Carissa Carrington

You are looking forward to a relaxing soak in your jetted tub. You let the water fill up and then press the button. Suddenly, your bathwater is filled with floating bits of orange or green gunk, totally spoiling your mood and your bath. Water and leftover soap sit in the jets, congealing and turning to nasty mold. So the next time you want a nice soothing bath in your jetted tub or a refreshing shower, make sure it is sparkling clean by using this natural homemade cleaner.

Natural Homemade Toilet Cleaner

Carissa Carrington

It's time to tackle cleaning the toilet again. Instead of reaching for the chemical-laden commercial can of foaming stuff that leaves a funny aftertaste in the back of your throat, why not try a natural, homemade toilet cleaner? Homemade cleaners are much easier on the environment as well. Instead of flushing harmful products down the drain, use all natural ingredients to save our water supply and keep chemicals at bay.

The Many Uses for Baking Soda

Chantal King

The secret is out. Baking soda is a very inexpensive cleaner and deodorizer for your home and beyond. It is also environmentally safe; in fact, it can be ingested in safe amounts. You can't get much healthier than that! I predict that we will see many more cleaning and deodorizing products on the market as more and more people discover the many amazing uses of baking soda.

Natural Homemade Laundry Soap

Carissa Carrington

The popularity of making your own laundry soap has exploded. Every other blog on the web has "the best" recipe. Some want to try it to get away from the many chemicals in our cleaners. Others want a more natural product for sensitive skin or allergies. Still others want to save money. Here are a few recipes to try.

Natural Cleaners

TDS Reader Contributors

"I have two dogs and currently use natural cleaners in my house. My wife and I would like to continue this, but we wanted to know if somebody has any other ways to make natural all-purpose and floor cleaners that are safe for pets."

Natural Home Cleaning Products

Jennifer Beam

Many expensive cleaning products can emit harmful chemicals into our home, compromise indoor air quality, and pose potential health risks. Trying some natural alternatives to expensive, toxic commercial cleaning products can prove to be both budget and environmentally friendly. You can purchase most of the ingredients in any grocery store.

My Story: Ways to Use Old Spices

contributed by Anne

Many herbs and spices lose their potency in about a year. When replacing them for fresher cooking condiments, save the old ones for these simple and healthful uses.

Allergic Reaction to Cleaners

My Story contributed by Tracy

As an allergy sufferer, a typical cleaning session would begin and end with watery eyes and a runny nose. I realized that the cleaning products themselves caused a great deal of my suffering. On the internet, I found an amazing amount of homemade recipes for non-toxic cleaning products. Most of these were made from water, baking soda, white vinegar and liquid soap. I tried several recipes and have been hooked since. Not only is my house clean, fresh and allergy free, but using these simple cleaners has also saved plenty of pennies.

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