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4 surprising household cleaners
The hidden talents behind all-natural items in your home.
text by: Krissy Tiglias
Ready to kill germs without spending a cent? We're all ears. To pull together an arsenal of dream cleaners, domino turned to Dionna Ford and Mandy O'Brien, coauthors of the book Homemade Cleaners, to share four unexpected household ingredients that pack a powerful germ-fighting punch. 

castile soap. Made from plant-derived fats (such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil), castile soap is available in both solid and liquid form.
Great for cleaning floors and kitchen counters, and cutting stovetop grease. 

baking soda. Chances are you've got a box hiding somewhere in the house. Baking soda is a cleaner, deodorizer, and fabric softener. It also has the strength to neutralize acidity.
Great for eliminating smells from upholstery and garbage cans, and even removing hard water or mildew stains from shower stalls. 

distilled white vinegar. A kitchen-staple–turned–bacteria-zapping superhero.
Naturally acidic, distilled white vinegar cuts grease in no time. 
Great for disinfecting kitchen counters and shower doors, and removing mold from walls.

hydrogen peroxide. Tucked away in the medicine cabinet, this powerful
oxidizer reveals another side of its brilliance: bleaching and cleaning.
Great for sanitizing the kitchen cutting board, removing bathroom mildew, and fighting stains. 

 
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