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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes greasy clogs might slow down the drain as a result of tossing oily leftovers.
For these clogs,
The heat turns the greasy clogs to a liquid state and the soap helps them move through the pipe quicker.
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.
To clean the bathroom tiles and tub, Use the following recipe from spendwithpennies.com.
For mirrors and chrome fixtures
For toilet bowls
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.
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.
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.
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
*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.
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!!