How to Make Home Cleaning Products
Did you know that you do not have to spend money on expensive commercially-produced cleaning products to make your home sparkle? There are homemade alternatives that get the same results without harsh chemicals and with less cost.
One-Ingredient Cleaning Substitutions
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. That’s the case with these one-ingredient cleaning substitutions. They are natural and can be used instead of the household products you buy at the store.
• Destroy Bacteria with Lemon
Lemon is a powerful cleaning agent thanks to the acids it contains. Apply lemon to help kill off household bacteria. Half of a lemon sprinkled in salt can be used to clean the copper bottoms on pots and pans.
• Clean and Deodorise with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a household staple that can be used for so many things, including cleaning. Apply to surfaces to remove debris. It softens water and can be used to scour cookware. It’s also an effective deodoriser.
• Remove Grease and Mildew with Vinegar
Grease and mildew can be a challenge to remove. Just apply white vinegar to get rid of both. It can also be used to remove wax build-up and stains.
• Polish Furniture and Shampoo Rugs with Cornflour
Apply cornflour to polish furniture or scrub rugs and carpets. It can also be used to clean windows.
Mixing Your Homemade Cleaning Products
There are many ways you can combine these ingredients with others to create your own homemade cleaning products. You can add unique scents or make a formula that can handle a specific job.
• Clean Your Tea Kettle with Vinegar and Water
Vinegar is great for removing coffee and tea stains. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water, boil, then cool and use to wipe your coffee maker. Vinegar can also be run through single-serve coffee makers to descale the inside.
• Clean Grout with Hydrogen Peroxide Spray
Mold commonly grows on bathroom grout. Combine one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water and spray onto grout. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or more before rinsing.
• Make Your Own Household Air Freshener
Pleasant scents will make your home more comfortable. You can skip the chemical-filled commercial fresheners and make your own. Combine baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice and place around your living space to absorb odours.
• De-Clog Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Do you have a slow kitchen or bathroom drain? Clear it out by combining ½ cup of salt with 4 litres of water. Heat the mixture (but do not boil) then pour it down the drain to break up soap glycerine, fatty acids, and other buildup. Wait 15 minutes then pour boiling water down to finish the job.
• Mop Hard Floors with Vinegar and Baby Oil
Make your hard floors look shiny and new by using homemade cleaner! Pour 1 cup of vinegar into 4 litres warm water. Add a few drops of baby oil then mop vinyl or linoleum flooring.
There are many ways you can switch from harsh commercial cleaners to gentler homemade products. Give these a try or come up with your own formulas!