It’s nobody’s favorite household task but cleaning is a necessary evil unless you want a smelly bedroom or a coffee table that’s piled up with rubbish. Did you know there are toxic chemicals lurking in most of your cleaning products? Chronic exposure to chemicals can cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract. Most of the ingredients used to make homemade products are basic ingredients which you may already own and be using in your home so whip up your own homemade cleaners that are easy on your wallet and on the earth. Take a look at our top tips for a squeaky lean home and see if you get any bright ideas!
The phosphoric acid in Coca-Cola proves tough on oil stains around the garage. Pour some room-temperature Coca-Cola over a stain, let it soak overnight and soak it up the next day by blotting the area.
Create the simplest all-purpose cleaner by mixing one part vinegar to one part water. (Remember: never apply vinegar-based products to marble, granite or stone—in its place, use vodka or rubbing alcohol.) A vinegar-and-water spray is also wonderful to use for streak-free windows and mirrors.
Use Lemons to Sanitize Your Garbage Disposal
Make frozen vinegar cubes with small chunks of lemon to clean and sanitize your garbage disposal. It will work better and smell better too!
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Unclog Your Sink
You can use this old science fair standby to fix a sink that’s draining slowly.
All you need is a sturdy sponge, a bowl full of white vinegar, and some salt. Soak the sponge in vinegar, sprinkle with salt, and scrub away the toughest grime. Rinse clean. You can help keep soap scum at bay between cleanings by spraying your wet tile with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water.
What you’ll need
A drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid non-citrus-scented.2 cups warm water. Mix the detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone countertops. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.
One of the most versatile products you can buy, castile soap can be used as an all-purpose cleaner all around your home. From laundry detergent to dish soap, hand soap, floor cleaner, and even shampoo, castile soap has got you covered.
Homemade Laundry Detergent and Rinse Aid
Skip expensive detergents and save money with this simple recipe.
What You Need
- 1 bar laundry soap
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup oxygen bleach
Instructions: Grate bar of laundry soap; you should have about 2 cups grated soap. (Or look for soap flakes online.) Mix all ingredients in a large container. Store in a lidded jar. Use 2 tablespoons for a light load and 4 tablespoons for a large or dirty load. Wash as normal.
Homemade Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
Get your windows and mirrors squeaky clean with this easy formula: 1/2 cup vinegar + 1/2 cup water. Pour into spray bottle and clean dirt away!
Clean a Vacuum with a Vacuum
The typical way to clean the filter of a bagless vacuum is to tap it against the inside of a trash can until most of the dust falls off. But that raises a cloud of dust and doesn’t get the filter completely clean. For faster, neater, more effective filter cleaning, use your shop vacuum. Clean prefilter screens and post-filters the same way. Just remember to be gentle with the shop vacuum’s nozzle. Some filters have a coating that you can scrape off if you press too hard.
Blast the Bowl
Who needs “scrubbing bubbles” when you’ve got baking soda and vinegar? Wet the sides of your bowl with a toilet brush. Liberally sprinkle the sides with baking soda, then splash on some vinegar. Instant foam! Scrub clean. The baking soda is also a terrific deodorizer. Enjoy your clean and toxin-free bathroom!
Everyone loves a clean home; however, getting the job done isn’t usually the most fun task. By using eco-friendly, natural cleaners and making your own DIY cleaning recipes. Go Green and save money by making your own all-natural cleaning solutions at home undertaking that job will make the end results worthy of the task ahead. Check out our unusual yet effective cleaning solutions that will make your home sparkle.