Learning to create cleaning products from natural ingredients around the house will provide you and your family with a wide variety of benefits. In addition to avoiding unsafe chemicals, these products are often just a fraction of the cost of commercial cleaners. Read ahead for a closer look at six cleaning remedies that can be made from natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol.
1. Heavy-Duty Degreaser
This degreaser can either be used as a pre-cleaning treatment for hardened grease or to remove soap scum from tiles and grout. It is made from a mix of one part vinegar and one part dish soap. When choosing dish soap for your homemade degreaser, you should get a product that is unscented and has a neutral pH.
2. All-Purpose Cleaner
One of the best all-purpose cleaners that you can use practically anywhere in your home is a tablespoon of neutral pH dish soap and warm water. Due to the fact that the dish soap is non-toxic, this is an ideal option for cleaning your kitchen. Using only a small amount of dish soap will also save you money.
This disinfectant should be used in a two-step cleaning process on items such as cutting boards. Your disinfectant should be made from one part water and one part rubbing alcohol. You can first clean away larger debris with the all-purpose cleaner before sterilizing the surface with your disinfectant.
4. Glass Cleaner
Many people shy away from using vinegar as a glass cleaner due to the smell, but the odor actually dissipates within moments. A great homemade glass cleaner consists of one part water and one part vinegar kept in a spray bottle. You can use a clean cloth or newsprint to wipe down the glass after spraying on the cleaner.
5. Carpet Cleaner
A cleaner made from two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part liquid dish soap will clean up many stains on carpets and other fabrics, but care should be taken. You should always test the cleaner on a small area of the fabric as the hydrogen peroxide can stain some surfaces.
6. Furniture Polish
Many furniture polishes rely on aerosol propellant, which can cause allergic reactions and damage to respiratory systems. Opt for an all-natural solution instead, using 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil — go with orange or lemon for a classic citrus-clean scent. Simply add all ingredients to a spray bottle, shake, spray on dusty wood furniture and wipe away with a soft cloth.
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