Keeping in mind my objective of budget friendly ways to live green, I though I would share this. What unexpected natural cleaners do you use around the house?

White Distilled Vinegar … Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.

Ketchup … Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

Club Soda … Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink. Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.

Rubbing Alcohol … Erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and apply.

Lemons … To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Baking Soda … Stained teacups and coffee mugs.  Fill with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse. Just one use …. check out for a million other uses!

Salt … Greasy pots and pans. Sprinkle salt on cookware to absorb excess grease.  Dump out the salt before washing as usual. (Not recommended for nonstick cookware.)