In addition to vinegar, another natural cleaning product that most people have around their homes is baking soda. Like vinegar, it is inexpensive and non-toxic. Have you noticed that some types of toothpaste now come with baking soda? You can save your money and just use baking soda. To improve the taste, sprinkle on a tiny amount of peppermint extract. Some people also add a little salt or hydrogen peroxide.
Mixed with a little water, baking soda can be made into a paste and used to clean appliances or sinks. That same paste rubbed into baked on food on stainless steel or enamel pans and left for a while will make clean-up easier.
Everyone has seen the special boxes of baking soda sold in stores to keep in the refrigerator for odor control. It can also be sprinkled in the bottom of your garbage cans for the same purpose. Soak musty washcloths for several hours in a mixture of baking soda and water. Gargle with a combination of water and a small amount of baking soda to freshen your breath.
I was taught to keep a box of baking soda by the stove because it can put out small grease fires. And yes, it works.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to see more uses for baking soda, check out Marvin’s ideas at: http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/