Money Saving Natural Cleaning Recipes for Flawless Homes
Many people are afraid to use homemade natural cleaning solutions because they think only strong chemicals can get their homes flawless. However, there are plenty of natural ingredients that work miracles in the household. Just ask your grandmother.
So it turns out that switching over to using your own DIY cleaning solutions is not only healthy, but also money saving. Want to check this out?
Roll up your sleeves and get started with these easy make-at-home non-toxic cleaners for every area in the house.
Wood floor cleaner. Mix together equal parts rubbing alcohol, vinegar and water. Add a squirt of dish soap. Shake well or stir. It’s a good idea to test out on an inconspicuous area before you use it on the whole floor surface.
Furniture polish. Add a few drops of jojoba or olive oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice and a few drops of lemon essential oil in a bowl. Apply to your wooden floors or furniture.
Oven cleaner. Sprinkle baking soda on your oven and spray with water to make a paste. Make sure there is a thick layer of baking soda on the surface. Let the baking soda work its magic for a few hours. Then remove the paste and wipe down your oven.
Grease cleaner. Use the peels of lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Put them in a jar and add distilled white vinegar to the top (make sure the peels are covered with vinegar). Cover the jar with a tight-fitting lid and let sit for a couple of weeks. When using the citrus cleaner, dilute it with water. You need 50% cleaner and 50% water.
Bathroom cleaner. In a bowl, mix together ½ cup of vinegar, ¼ cup of lemon juice, ¾ cup of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, 3 tablespoons of salt, and a few drops of essential oils. Transfer the mixture in a container with a lid. The recipe is created by Best EOT Cleaners W6.
Toilet bowl cleaner. Use a squirt bottle. Mix together about two cups of water (1 ¾ will suffice), ¼ cup of castile soap (liquid is best), 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (you can also use orange, lemon, lavender and eucalyptus) and two tablespoons of baking soda. Shake. Use as your regular toilet bowl cleaner.
Mold removal. Combine two cups of water and two teaspoons of tea tree essential oil in a clean spray bottle. Shake the bottle and take it to your bathroom. Spray all moldy areas. It is a wise idea to spray around the affected area so that mold spores don’t get the chance to spread. Tea tree essential oil has a very strong smell and you may be tempted to rinse off the walls, but don’t. Just let it do its thing.
Mold prevention. When you get out of the shower, just spray the walls with a solution of 50% water to 50% vinegar. Also, keep the area well-ventilated or open a window to let fresh air in. This will keep moisture at bay, preventing mildew and mold from forming.
All-purpose cleaner. Make a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar. Add club soda. Transfer in a spray bottle. Shake well. Another alternative: add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of white vinegar in a clean spray bottle. It will fizz. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and shake. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Let is sit before use.
Windows cleaner. Mix together two teaspoons of vinegar (white), a few teaspoons of club soda in a spray bottle. Fill it to the top with water and give it a good shake.
So this is how you can make your own natural cleaners. Happy cleaning!
Do you make and use natural cleaners in your home?
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The article was contributed by Kathleen Crane. She is always looking for clever and time saving ways for cleaning and home maintenance.