With spring comes the time to give our house a good cleaning from top to bottom. Sadly, this will also be the time we reach out for all those chemical laden home cleaning products which will, in addition to harming the environment, would harm your health as well. Alternatively, you can opt for these homemade cleaners that require nothing more than just a few simple ingredients found in the kitchen.
The Best Homemade Cleaning Products
Here are some of the best natural cleaning products you can opt for when cleaning your home.
Baking Soda: A regular feature in any kitchen, baking soda can effectively eliminate bacteria and virus from any surface in addition to removing grease, stains and odors from the same.
Vinegar: The acidic properties of vinegar can easily eliminate any kind of grime, soap, grease, scum and bacteria from a surface.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is very effective in removing mold and mildew. It can also remove grease and can shine hard surfaces nicely.
Olive oil: In addition to promoting healthier cooking, olive oil can work as an effective cleaner and polisher.
Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes for your home
Let’s take a look at some very simple homemade cleaning product recipes for every room in your home.
A heavy duty toilet scrub can be made using ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Pour this mixture into the toilet and scrub vigorously to remove stains.
Pour a little bit of white vinegar on the tubs and showers to remove dirt, grime, stains and mildew. Wait for 30 minutes and rinse the area with warm water.
Bathrooms can collect a lot of bacteria. Make your own disinfectant by mixing 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent soap and 20 drops of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water. Pour it all over the bathroom and wait for 30 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
To keep odors away from the bathroom, mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with ¼ cup baking soda. Place the mixture inside an old jar. Poke some holes on the lid and place the jar in the bathroom.
The kitchen can become one of the grossest rooms in the house if not cleaned regularly. Use these homemade cleaning products to remove the tough stains and grime associated with the area.
Mix equal parts of alcohol and water, and pour the contents in a spray bottle. Spray a little amount of this mixture on the countertop and scrub away to remove stains and grime.
Cut a lemon and scrub it on a cutting board to remove stains and bacteria. You can also use Kosher salt for the same purpose.
Heat the oven to 125 degrees and spray some vinegar on the cooking surface. Pour some salt on the surface and allow the oven to cool down. Use a wet towel to remove the dirt and grime on the surface.
Make some vinegar ice cubes by pouring a mixture of water and vinegar into an ice cube tray. Drop these ice cubes into the garbage disposal unit while running to remove any foods stuck on the blades.
Add ½ cup each of vinegar and baking soda, and pour this mixture into the drain. Follow it up with boiling hot water to remove clogs.
Mix ½ cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water. Use a sponge and the solution to clean the grime collected in the refrigerator. For tough stains, mix ½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture and scrub vigorously.
Pour ¼ cup of lemon juice into the detergent cup of the dishwasher. Run a regular cycle and simply wipe away the dirt inside the appliance using a wet cloth. Repeat the process for tougher stains.
The Living Room
Here are some very effective homemade cleaners for the living room as well as the furnishings on all the other rooms of the house.
Mix ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ of rubbing alcohol and 2 drops of lavender oil to 2 cups of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and use it to clean windows and mirrors. Note: Don’t spray directly on the glass, but on a paper towel and then on the glass.
Mix 1 cup of dishwasher detergent and 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of hot water. Soak stained garments, covers, blinds and curtains in the solution for 20 minutes and wash regularly.
Soak a cloth in vinegar and lemon juice solution. Sprinkle some salt on it and scrub brass surfaces. Rinse the surfaces with hot water and dry with a soft towel.
Mix 1 cup of white vinegar in a bucket of warm water. Use a mop to clean tile floors with this solution to remove dirt and stains.
To remove stains on walls, mix ¼ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda in about 1 quart of warm water. Use a sponge to scrub on the dirt marks on the walls.
There is no need to opt for synthetic cleaning products when cleaning your home. Using a few very simple ingredients from your home, you can use make some very effective cleaners that work equally well, but don’t impact the environment and your health in the process.