Homemade cleaning products or natural cleaning solutions are easy to make, safe to use and inexpensive compared to the chemicals filled cleaning products that are available in the market. This post is all you need to make and save your batch of all-green-cleaning supplies for your home. Pin, share, or save this one so that next time you do your cleaning chores, you have everything handy.
Side effects of Chemical cleaners
The cabinets under the sink are probably filled with loads of cleaning supplies for every nook and corner of the house. One for the sink, another one for the tiled floor, yet another one for wooden floor, for the carpet, for the sofa, and much more. You just wiped the floor clean with the cleaner, and the kiddo dropped a piece of his favorite cookie. As per the 5 second rule of dropped food, it is safe to eat. But what about the traces of cleaning chemicals that might have stuck to it? We don’t realize that every time we spray and clean these surfaces we are coming into contact with a hell lot of chemical combinations.
Switch your solutions
The chemical cleaners that we buy from the market do affect our health in several ways. The sprays we use, the solutions we use in closed spaces etc affect the air quality of our indoors. Inhaling them can cause lung damage in the long run. This is attributed to the irritation caused by the cleaning chemicals to the mucus membrane lining the airways. The decline in lung function is comparable to that caused by smoking. By using chemical-based cleaning products, you are keeping the surfaces clean but compromising on your indoor air quality. The harsh chemicals in them causes irritation to skin and eyes.
Most of the packaging comes in non-recyclable packaging which in turn affects the environment. Moreover, they contaminate the soil and water that comes in contact with them.
Is it even worth it when you can get the job done by making your own cleaning supplies from items that are available in your pantry right now?
Why to use homemade cleaning products?
- First and foremost, they are not toxic and it is safe to store them at home.
- They are inexpensive and serve the purpose as much as their chemical counterparts.
- You don’t have to worry about disposing of the packaging. That is one step closer to your zero waste home.
- Ingredients to make cleaning solutions for your home are probably sitting right now in your pantry.
- You can make a variety of cleaning products for all purposes by using simple ingredients like Baking Soda, vinegar, lemon etc.
How do they work?
The acidic nature of lemon makes it anti-bacterial and antiseptic. It is an excellent cleaning agent. The citrus smell of lemon is refreshing. Baking soda is alkaline that helps in cutting through grease and grime and the coarse nature helps in scrubbing. It brings both acidic and basic odor molecules to a neutral/odor free state, hence its use as a deodorizer. Vinegar is acidic and therefore can dissolve buildups like soap scum. There are different types of Vinegar available depending on the percentage of acetic acid in it.
These are just a few of the ingredients that can make excellent cleaning solutions for your home. More products like Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax powder, Corn starch etc can also be used for cleaning purposes. Read on to find how to make cleaning solutions classified on where you can use them.
Homemade cleaning products For the kitchen
Keep your kitchen free of chemicals by using homemade cleaning solutions on your countertops, sinks, or even floor. Spray or use it to wipe down the surface with a damp cloth.
For Wooden Counter Tops
White vinegar is a natural antibacterial solution to your kitchen. You can always add essential oils for cleaning, if the smell seems overwhelming. Add the cleaning solution to a spray bottle for ease of use. Spray and wipe it off.
- Mix Vinegar and Water in equal parts with salt and lemon juice.
- You could also add essential oils if you want a refreshing aroma.
Do not use vinegar on stone countertops like marble or granite as it will etch the surface. Instead, substitute vinegar with baking soda and water. ie, equal parts of baking soda and water, and add lemon juice.
- Mix half cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of salt and pour it down the drain followed by heated vinegar.
- Now cover the drain using the drain cap. Let it sit for 15 min and then run the hot water tap for 30-60 sec.
Sometimes greasy clogs might slow down the drain as a result of tossing oily leftovers.
For these clogs,
- Add dishwashing liquid to a pan of boiling water.
- Then pour it down the drain.
The heat turns the greasy clogs to a liquid state and the soap helps them move through the pipe quicker.
Stainless Steel Sinks
- Rinse the sink with cold water and then scrub it with half a lemon dipped in baking soda.
- Spray some vinegar and then scrub softly with a washcloth.
- Rinse it off with cold water
- Wipe down with a dash of cooking oil for extra shine.
Cleaning Scorched Pans
Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and then add a few drops of lemon juice. Leave it on overnight. Next morning simply wash it off and its done. For tougher jobs, scrub off with a slice of lemon.
Mix one part of water and one part of vinegar and add in your favorite essential oils for the right aroma. Do not use this on stone surfaces, as it will etch the surface. Substitute vinegar with baking soda to use on marble or granite surfaces.
Homemade cleaning products For the bathroom
- One cup of warm water and half cup of borax is all that you need to clean everything in your bathroom. It will make an all purpose cleaner for the bathroom.
- Make your own grout whitener by mixing equal parts of distilled white vinegar (heated) and dish soap.
To clean the bathroom tiles and tub, Use the following recipe from spendwithpennies.com.
- One and a half cups of baking soda mixed with half cups of warm water and liquid soap.
- Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Spray this solution on the tub or tiles and scrub it off.
For mirrors and chrome fixtures
- Add 2 tbsp of white distilled Vinegar into 3 cups of warm water. Spray this on the mirror and wipe down with non lint towel or a newspaper.
For toilet bowls
- One can of cola or any brown soda.
- Pour it down the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 min and then flush it
- Next, add a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the bowl and you are all done. Unless you have any tough stains, you won’t even need to scrub.
Try this floor cleaner from housewifehowtos.com.
This one is like a one-for-all recipe that will work on all floor surfaces in the house.
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup isopropyl (70%) rubbing alcohol or 120-proof clear liquor
- 1/8 tsp liquid dish soap (See notes)
- 5-10 drops essential oils optional
The best part is that it is a no-rinse cleaner, which means you mop your floor once and you are done. You can spray this solution or triple the recipe if you are using a bucket and a mop. Just be careful to stick to the measurements.
This is probably the easiest recipe we have for you.
- Mix a quarter cup of vinegar and one cup of water and spray this on the window.
Make sure to wipe down the glass surface to remove any dust. Then spray the solution and wipe down with a non-lint towel or newspaper. Why spend too much when you can make effective cleaners on your own. This is easy to make, safe to use (no fumes or harsh chemicals) and inexpensive too.
Homemade cleaning products for Wooden Fixtures
Here is a recipe for a furniture polish all with ingredients for a salad dressing. Take a look at the ingredients and you will be surprised as we were. This one is from brendid.com
- 1 Tbsp pure olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar (or orange vinegar)
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- Orange or lemon essential oil (6 drops total)
- Combine ingredients in a bowl or glass jar and stir until oil does not separate out (it will thicken slightly).
- Apply lightly to wood with a clean paper towel or rag. (If surface is very dirty first wipe it clean with a damp rag.)
*You can also use a spray bottle to mix and apply the polish, spray lightly (a little goes a LONG way)!
This can be used on wood or leather furniture, to shine faucets and also to remove the tacky glue left behind by sticky labels and price tags. No wonder Bren from Brendid.Com calls it the wonder dressing.
IMP: Dont forget to label the homemade cleaning products
Once you make your cleaning solutions or mixtures make sure to label them along with the ingredients and the date. This way you not be confused about what and how to use each of them.
Checkout the labels we have created and download them for free. All you have to do is get them printed and paste them on the containers. Also, you can note down the ingredients on the labels so that when it is time for a refill, you just have to read the label.
Hope you all enjoyed reading through this. With this guide, you will never have to worry about inflammable chemicals or toxic ingredients in your cleaners. These homemade cleaners will ensure that the surfaces as well as the air in your home will be equally safe and clean. Small steps like this will ensure a greener, healthier and better tomorrow for us and the planet!!