I have started using vinegar and baking soda for basic cleaning. Generally I spread baking soda of the grime and then soak a rag in vinegar. When the acid of the vinegar comes in contact with the baking soda a chemical reaction ensues which works very well for cleaning (for extra effect heat the vinegar).

I am not sure it is cheaper than using commercial cleaning agents, but it seems more natural. I’m continuously puzzled by the “weird” things Americans use to clean their homes. It seems to be less about cleaning than about achieving the “appearance of [easy] disinfection”, but maybe that’s just me?

Does anyone know where I can buy soap flakes or (liquid) brown soap?

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Originally posted 2008-05-29 07:11:15.