The recipe is to mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. However, vinegar can discolor or damage some surfaces, so test it on a hidden area first to make sure no color change or damage occurs. Vinegar isn’t a good idea to use on marble surfaces, either. You can also mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar and water solution.

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If you have unsightly rings in the toilet bowl, use pure vinegar there. Use vinegar to clean floors and be amazed at the fresh shiny results. Add1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of store-bought fabric softener. It can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits and it’s great for shining brass and copper. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. It can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial non-abrasive cleansers.

Baking soda makes a great addition in the laundry room as well.

Improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can also eat away at tile grout. The solution will clean away soap scum and hard water stains on your fixtures and tile, leaving them shiny and beautiful. Flush the toilet to allow the water level to go down before pouring the undiluted vinegar around the inside of the rim. Vinegar has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent more effectively. Lemon juice can also be used to treat stains given its natural bleaching qualities, but that can also be a drawback. In fact, put it anywhere you need deodorizing action: trash cans, laundry, and even your family’s super smelly sneakers. Learn how to read labels on the products; many of these commercial products use natural ingredients that you may have in your home, but not all green cleaners are created equal.

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Acids will corrode marble eating into the surface leaving the rough and blotchy spots you describe. If you’ve used this cleaner several times then the damage may be so severe that you’ll need to call a marble maintenance professional to grind away the damaged marble and re-finish the surface.

This is a known issue with marble called “etching” that too often doesn’t get explained properly to consumers. If you don’t get satisfactory results from the paste, then you’ll have to call a pro.

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We will try here to be as complete as possible in telling how to do it. In a future article we will propose more specialised products, which have been elaborated exclusively for the purpose of cleaning of natural stone in the most efficient manner possible and which does not damage or alter the polish, the colour, and the texture. We can also do it with water and a small amount of ammonia or water with a small amount of bleach, but ammonia is better, because it is not an acidic product, but a base and does less damage to stone.

Cleaning should be done using a sponge, a soft cloth or a very soft brush to avoid that the surface is scratched and is done making circles. If we leave it to dry by itself, then whitish spots without shine will be left. The barbecue and the surrounding floor tend to be of untreated stone, unpolished surface and can be very porous. Another remedy is to mix sodium bicarbonate and a little of water, cover and leave it to act. If the stone in question is a limestone or polished marble, the shine could be lost. Both are cleaned with solvents or removers of layers of paint: there are several types, the most common are methylene chloride or mineral alcohol. These substances are very aggressive which means they must be used with great care.

Applying layers of wax to the pieces of natural stone serves, apart from giving shine, to seal the pores a little. To avoid this one needs to take off these excessive layers of wax with a special product for this purpose, a wax remover, scrub with water and a neutral soap and wax the surface once again.

First we will give “homely” solutions, those which are within our reach, among those products which we habitually use in the house for cleaning. What we should not do, never, is to mix ammonia and bleach, this mixture generates vapours that can be mortal when inhaled.

Later one must clean very well and dry the surface soon with a soft towel. If, on retiring the talcum powder not all of the dirt has been removed, then the process must be repeated. For the inks we can also try out with water and bleach, in clear coloured stones or with acetone in the case of dark coloured stones. Clean well and dry rubbing with another dry and soft piece of cloth. But when several layers of wax are added, one above another, a yellow appearance can appear, especially in the clear coloured stones.

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The homemade recipe is best for organic housekeeping and those looking for safe, non-toxic cleaning options. I am nothing if not a woman of my word, so let’s get into it!

These chemicals are only partly removed by wastewater treatment plants, don’t readily break down, are persistent in the environment and toxic to aquatic life. And then we’re touching those surfaces and doing things like eating, touching our skin (and if you’ve got kids, you can bet their putting those contaminated hands in their mouths!). It’s also a confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans, though it is a suspected human carcinogen. You may want to spot test on a super small, hidden section of the granite first to be sure! Is it okay to use in the mixture because it’s a small amount?

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When in doubt call a manufacturer/installer of countertops in your town.

In other words bacteria won’ t penetrate, ( like a plastic or wood cutting board). Would it be safe to use for cleaning since you shouldn’t inhale it? Can you substitute the rubbing alcohol with hydrogen peroxide instead? I am renting a condo that has natural stone and marble counter tops, floors, and shower floors.

It’s just vinegar that can etch the stone, so this should work great. If you’ve got the peppermint scent on hand, absolutely use it here.

The homemade recipe is best for organic housekeeping and those looking for safe, non-toxic cleaning options. Many are also known to cause developmental and endocrine harm, not to mention the negative impact they have on our environment. It makes sense if you think about it–we’re spraying these cleaners all over our homes, inhaling whatever’s in the mixture as we spray it and long after it’s been applied to every surface. But what about granite or countertop cleaning sprays, specifically? It’s made without vinegar to protect natural stone, and the homemade recipe smells amazing thanks to essential oils! Would it be ok to substitute the rubbing alcohol for hydrogen peroxide. Dump some on dark clothing and come back and you will see color removed. During day plain water unless raw meat touches counter then wash with soap&water and rinse/dry. Expect to save lots of money and get rid of all those nasty toxins in your home!

But it should last a while–just watch to make sure it doesn’t start smelling strange. I was thinking it is because of the essential oils? ! It won’t hurt the granite, only vinegar does that as it etches away at the natural stone. No restrictive diets, no products that don’t work, no unrealistic lifestyle changes, no sacrifice.

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You can either use vinegar, baking soda, lemon or a combination of these and you get killer universal cleaners to use around the house. You can use a brush or a sponge and distilled vinegar.

This can’t be simply removed with regular cleaning solutions so you need something stronger.

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It dissolves the minerals and leaves the glass perfectly clean. A very popular and old use for vinegar is against mold, germs and bacteria.

Spray vinegar on the cutting board to kill the germs and let it set overnight.

All you have to do is put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the ants’ trail. Another great use for vinegar is in the kitchen if you want to unclog the drain. You basically have to pout one cup of baking soda down the drain and then one cup of hot distilled vinegar. It will absorb the odors and your refrigerator will smell delicious. If you have a puppy or a cat and they haven’t mastered the art of using the bathroom yet, you can remove cat or dog urine with baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda and this will provide traction and it will also melt the ice. Out of the three options presented here, lemons have the most uses. Just toss them into the garbage disposal to keep it clean and to make it smell fresh. Your furniture will be shiny and will look healthy and like new again. If you have marble in your home, you can use lemon to remove the stains on these surfaces.

Simply throw a few lemon peels into the flames or burn them along with your firewood. Maybe you can get used to it but your guests will definitely notice it. You can also use lemon juice to remove the refrigerator odors. Then rub the lemon onto the metal and rinse with hot water.

You can use it to clean the oven and also daily whenever you’re having trouble with a splatter.

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Use a simple solution made with vinegar and water and it should work just fine, if you want, you can also add lemon juice. Maybe you’ve noticed that if you leave water in a glass, after a while it leaves rings and a residue known as scale. All you have to do is keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar in your kitchen and bathroom and use it for cleaning. Simply rub or soak the brass piece in vinegar and it will sparkle clean in no time. Dip a soft recycled cloth in the mixture and use it to wipe the furniture clean. If, for any reason, there’s an unpleasant smell in your house, simply put a bowl of vinegar in the room for a couple of hours and the smell will disappear.

They leave a scent behind and that’s how they all know where to go so if you use vinegar on the trail, they get lost. All you basically have to do is made a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean rag and polish the silver.

Sprinkle some onto the bottom of the oven, squirt some water to make it damp and let it set overnight. Mix half a cup of baking soda with liquid soap or detergent in a bowl until you get a texture like frosting. You can clean the bristles of the toothbrushes with baking soda if you soak them in a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Lay down a barrier of baking soda under the sink pipe openings or along the basement windows. It doesn’t damage the surfaces or shoes and it’s a better option than rock salt. Remove the spots from the kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. After you’re finishes painting the walls in your home, you’ll eventually have to remove the dried paint from the glass.

Simply cut a lemon in half and dip the exposed flesh into some table salt.

However, don’t repeat the process too often because the acid can damage the marble. You’ll be able to sit cozily in front of the fireplace without worrying about the bad smell. Cut a couple of lemons in half and place them cut side up in a dish in the room. All you have to do is dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or on a sponge and leave it in the fridge for a few hours.

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If you have copper pots, you can easily clean them by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the cut side with salt.

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Its cleaning properties have been widely used in the cleaning industry and many chemical cleaning products also contain lemon. Apart from things you can clean with lemon juice, we will also list things you should avoid cleaning with lemon juice cleaner.

Just throw some salt, ice and lemon peels into the garbage disposal, grind them, and your garbage disposal will smell great. Just rub a lemon on them and let them sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with water. Being an anti-bacterial, it kills the germs that cause bad odors, leaving the mouth fresh. For a stronger whitening effect, mix lemon juice with baking soda and rub your teeth. You might be interested in our article how to remove lemon from marble.

Apart from its cleaning properties, unlike other natural cleaning agents, lemon smells good and does not damage surfaces.

We will learn how to use lemon to clean the kitchen, bathroom, other parts of the house, and even your teeth. Just let the dishwasher run on high temperature with half a mostly squeezes lemon and some vinegar. You can also use your leftover lemons by adding them into the dishwasher cycle to deodorize your plates. Although you could clean everything with vinegar only, lemon smells much better, and adds cleaning agents to the diy cleaner. Just submerge your toothbrush in a mixture of water and lemon and brush your teeth normally.

For more teeth whitening tips, check our article on how to whiten teeth naturally and fast. Let’s now see what you shouldn’t clean with lemon: marble: have you ever seen what happens when lemon juice is spilled on marble?

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Do not use this vinegar solution on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces unless they’ve been sealed, as the acid from the vinegar will harm them. No matter how hard the water, castile soap will not form soap scum so it’s perfect for bathroom vanities, showers and bathtubs. Since they contain vinegar do not use these wipes on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx unless they’ve been sealed. Stack your cellulose cloth in a stack or jelly roll-style depending on how you will store them. Immediately place them in the air-tight container, can, or plastic bag. Squirt the solution on to the stone surface and then wipe area clean with a damp cloth. If using store bought cleaners, be careful not to use too much cleaner or soap because it may cause streaks and leave a film. If mopping a floor, consider washing the floor by hand or putting the damp cloth under a rubber broom.

Only clean rags or cloths should be put in the wash water so the water stays clean and the surface gets cleaner. In foyers or atriums, always keep a non-slip mat or area rug near the entrance to catch this debris.

Do not place hot pans or dishes on your countertops after removing them from the stove. Some items such as china, ceramics, or silver will scratch your natural stone surfaces, therefore use place mats under them. If the stain remains then you’ll need to use a stain-removal poultice. On granite, slate, sandstone or quartzite you can use mineral spirits or acetone. On marble, limestone, onyx or travertine use your normal cleaning solution. If marble, limestone, travertine or onyx use water instead of vinegar.

Cover the poultice with plastic wrap tapping the edges down with painter’s tape. Allow about 24 – 48 hours, depending on the size of the stained area.

Once 24 – 48 hours has passed, remove the plastic and allow the poultice to dry some more. If you apply a topical sealant, the maintenance program you would have used for the natural stone will shift to maintaining the sealant instead. This leads to stripping and reapplication of the sealant over time, which might be once every few years depending on the brand used. Keep in mind that this sealant can also alter the appearance and texture of the stone after applied. Never switch between products without fully understanding the damage or issues it will cause because not all products are made the same. If a soft cloth does not work, then use a 0000 scouring pad or hand-held slow-speed polishing machine with a polishing powder.

To keep your stone looking clean, you’ll need to use natural cleaning products specific for natural stone, set up daily cleaning and maintenance routines, and take precautions to care for and protect your surfaces. This solution works well in kitchens, foyers and bathrooms. It also contains castile soap, which is a gentle product made from vegetable oil. This solution works best for marble, limestone, travertine and onyx. Place the cloth in the mixing bowl with the solution allowing them to absorb the liquid.

Then, pour water in – just the amount to make a smooth paste by shaking container or stirring ingredients. Apply paste to the surface, and scrub with a damp cloth or scrub brush. If no other cleaning solutions worked on your marble, limestone, travertine or onyx for removing a stain, this scrub may work. If the solution dulls the surface, polish it with a soft cloth and a polishing solution specific for natural stone surfaces. Always use a soft, clean cloth versus a mop, wringing out the cloth by hand. After scrubbing a dirty surface do not place your wash cloth back into the mop bucket or bucket full of cleaning solution; instead grab a clean cloth and put the used, dirty cloth in the laundry. Always rinse the surface with a damp cloth removing any soap residue. To protect your natural stone floors dust them daily with a clean, untreated dry dust mop to keep them free of abrasive sand, dirt, grit or debris. Protect your countertop surfaces in kitchens by using coasters under all glasses, particularly under glasses containing alcohol or citrus juices. Always use trivets, heating pads or mats under hot dishes and pans.

In wet areas that produce soap scum, use a squeegee after each use of a shower or bathtub to minimize the scum.

Clean the area by flushing: pour water mixed with a mild soap or one of the natural cleaning solutions listed above over the area, rinsing several times. Use small amounts and remove immediately with a cloth and rinse with a damp cloth, particularly on marble, limestone, onyx and travertine. Apply a large glob of the paste to the stain so it’s about ¼ to ½ inch thick over the stain and beyond the stain area. The drying process is important because that’s what pulls the stain from the surface and into the poultice.

A wood or plastic scraper is sometimes needed to remove tough areas. If you apply this to a calcareous stone, such as limestone, marble or travertine, buff it out with a polishing powder and 0000 scouring pad. If the stain is still not removed after a second application, it’s recommended to consult a stone professional for further cleaning instructions or repair. There are normally two types of sealant used on natural stone surfaces. This sealant is made up of acrylic, plastic compound or natural wax.

Each maintenance program will depend on the brand and manufacturer’s instructions, normally located on the container. Topical sealant is used on most interior natural stone surfaces but not recommended for exterior use due to the elements wearing down the sealant and moisture entering it, forming cracks. For example, if your stone is honed (slight glossy finish) or flamed (rough texture), a topical sealant will make this surface appear glossy and polished like marble. It’s a “breathable” sealant that allows moisture in, which is why kitchen countertop surfaces or bathroom vanity tops have an impregnator applied. Consider the life span of the sealant; you will need to reapply it every one, two, three or four years and keep a log of each application. The main concern in switching products is chemicals reacting to each other and producing an acid that will harm your stone. Floors can be polished using these polishing powder solutions along with a dry dust mop or a slow-speed floor polishing machine.


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