Save money and keep your house clean at the same time, make your own house cleaning solutions. Check out my collection of homemade house cleaning recipes, you may even have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Baking soda and vinegar are both commonly used in DIY house cleaners and both work will work magic throughout your home.
First take a look at the common household ingredients that you can use and the benefits they offer .
- Baking Soda – AKA Sodium Bicarbonate
- Good for scouring surfaces because it is an abrasive but will not scratch hard surfaces.
- Baking soda is a great deodorizer because it will eliminate odors rather than just masking them.
- Be careful using on finished surfaces such as paint or varathane .
- Do Not use on, aluminum cookware, gold-plated items, antique silverware or marble surfaces.
- White Vinegar –
- House hold white vinegar contains about 5% Acetic acid .
- You can get what is called Cleaning Vinegar which contains 6% Acetic acid.
- Use caution because the 1% difference,makes Cleaning Vinegar 20% stronger and is not to be used for cooking or eating.
- White vinegar can be used to get rid of mold, bacteria, and germs.
- Great in combination with baking soda.
- Rubbing Alcohol – kills bacteria, germs and will evaporate quickly.
- Lemon Juice – Used because it is acidic,it kills germs and bacteria, acts like natural bleach, masks odors.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – kills bacteria and mold.
- Tea Tree Oil- kills germs, hinders mold, and hides odors.
- Mild Dish Washing Detergent – Cuts through grease and light dirt
- Pure Castile Soap – this is soap is made with vegetable oil and is Eco friendly
- Household ammonia – Is an all-purpose cleaner that doesn’t streak, works well for chrome, mirrors and windows
- Sudsy ammonia- Contains soap, so it is a better cleaner for tough dirt
You can either buy a spray bottle to put your cleaning solutions in or recycle spry bottles you already have. If you choose to use recycle spray bottles make sure to rinse them out. Sponges or rags and a scouring pad and scrub brush will be enough to get you started.
Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add 1 cup vinegar.
- Using a scrub brush give it a stir, it will begin to fizz, let it sit for a minute or 2 then scrub again and flush.
- For heavy stains you can substitute ammonia in place of vinegar.
- WARNING : Never mix ammonia with bleach
All purpose Cleaner
- Fill a spray bottle half full with vinegar and fill the remainder with water.
- Adding lemon juice will mask the vinegar smell. Shake it before using as an everyday household cleaner.
- For a stronger all-purpose cleaner, you can use ammonia instead of vinegar.
- Mix four parts water to one part ammonia.
- Fill a spray bottle a quarter full of vinegar and top it off with warm
- For a faster-drying alternative, pour 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar into a spray bottle.
- The rubbing alcohol will evaporate quickly and act as a great alternative for conventional glass cleaners.
- Make a paste from baking soda and Castile soap or mild dish soap.
- You can add a few drops of tea tree oil for antiseptic properties and mold repellent.
- Gently scrub the bathtub and sink surfaces using just the paste, next rinse using warm water.
Keep a spray bottle filled with water and several drops of tea tree oil on hand. This will help to prevent mold growth in your shower and bathtub. You can spray the surfaces after each bath or shower.
- Fill a bucket with one gallon of hot water
- Add 1 cup of vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil.
- For tougher jobs, add 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup ammonia.
- For marble or granite floors use rubbing alcohol in place of vinegar or ammonia.
- This will help protect the porous surface from the harsh acidic nature of the vinegar and ammonia.
Remove Nicotine stains
- In a 1 gallon pail mix, 1/2 cup of baking soda , 1/3 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of vinegar
- Add 7 cups of warm water and stir mixture with a soon until the baking soda is dissolved.
- Pour mixture into a spray bottle for application.
- Spray the solution on the wall and wipe with a damp cloth, rinse cloth and wipe again. Repeat as needed until all the nicotine is removed .
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These are just a few homemade house cleaner recipes that you can make to save you money. As you can see there are many common household items that you can use to keep your home looking fresh and sparkling clean. Check back to this post as it will be updated as new effective solutions are found.
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