I am cleaning a small mobile home for friends because the husband is elderly and incapacitated and his wife has her hands full. Because the husband is so frail, I surely did not want to use any harsh chemicals. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to clean the home properly using natural products. My friend made sure that I had plenty of baking soda and vinegar on hand, as I had asked prior to coming over. I had a stack of old rags, a broom and a vacuum to work with also. I don't know if you know this but vinegar has anti-bacterial qualities.
The first thing I did was to soak rags in vinegar and wrap all three faucets in the house. After 20 minutes or so, you can remove the rag and wipe around the faucets, even use an old toothbrush around the grout area. The faucets and handle will be gleaming with hardly any work on your part.
I sprinkled baking soda throughout the house on the carpet to absorb any unwanted odors. I vacuumed just before I left about 2 1/2 hours later and it neutralized the odors nicely.
I damp-mopped the furniture and surfaces with just water and a rag for dusting. I did add a spot of dish detergent to the rag for dusting off the nic-nacs. The baking soda and vinegar worked well on areas that needed scouring. The vinegar smell strongly until it dries, after it dries the odor is gone in addition, the vinegar neutralizes unwanted odors.
Friends, don't be afraid to set aside your harsh chemicals and try out the baking soda and vinegar. I think you will be surprised at the results you receive.