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Go Vintage With These 7 Old-School Cleaning Products

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10.10.14

When it comes to, say, smartphones, we’re all about upgrading to the latest and greatest. Did you say bigger screen and faster operating system? Yes, please.

But, when it comes to cleaning our homes, sometimes it’s actually best to keep to the classics.

Here are nine old-school products that will make your home shine:

1. Bar Keepers Friend

This old school, all-purpose cleaner has been on the cleaning scene since 1882. There’s a reason Bar Keepers Friend has survived over 130 years and has countless imitators – it’s one of the few products that uses oxalic acid, a highly effective rust remover.

2. Fresh Lemons

The high acidity and antibacterial properties of citrus fruit will leave your home sparkly and smelling fresh. Check out these amazing household uses for lemons and get squeezing!

3. Essential Oils

Essential oils are exactly what they sound like: Oils that are extracted from aromatic plants like lavender and eucalyptus. These great-smelling, highly concentrated oils naturally disinfect, so we recommend adding a few drops to your favorite cleaning solution to amp up the disinfecting power.  

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Sweat or wine stains on your clothes? Hard water marks in your shower? Give this $2 drug store purchase a try!

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an inexpensive, non-toxin cleaning agent that, in addition to de-stinking your fridge, mixes with water to create a tough, stain-fighting paste.

6. White Vinegar

White vinegar is a triple threat. First, it’s highly acidic, so it can also handle a bunch of cleaning tasks around the house. Second, vinegar is nontoxic, so it’s a much safer option than chemical-based cleaners. And third? It’s super affordable – less than $2 per gallon.

7. Castile Soap

This olive oil-based soap contains only plant oils (read: no toxins) and can be used for everything from scrubbing your kitchen floor to washing your hair.

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