Clean does not equal a chemically smell that is so prevalent in a room after spray from some of the commercially available products on the market. In fact, it may be making you sick. Many times after I have used various disinfectant sprays and mildew removers, I have developed a headache. I am very careful about how I use the mildew removers like Tilex. In the past, I have sprayed them quickly, then shut the bathroom door with the bathroom fan left on.
I really have no idea what the manufacturers put in their cleaning products. If the ingredients and chemicals are similar to what the food industry puts in their processed foods, I know that it is not in my best interest to be spraying anything in my general vicinity and inhaling the vapors.
If you are looking for a way to use natural substances to clean just about everything in your home, it can be done with a few basic ingredients. You may even have some of these underneath your sink already. And these recipes work just as well as their commercial counterparts, but cost much less.
Here are some basic ingredients to get started. As you will see, these items can be combined in various ways to create a cleaning solution for just about any situation.
- Spray Bottle
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Ivory Soap
- Limes or Lime Juice
- Olive oil
- Water (of course)
Note: Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with anything containing chlorine bleach.
DIY Household Cleaners
All Purpose Cleaner
If you are looking for a cleaner to use on just about anything, combine 1/2 cup of ammonia with 1/3 cup of washing soda and 1 gallon of water.
Clean Bathtub and Surrounding Tile
Combine 2 cups of baking soda, 3/4 cup of vegetable oil based liquid soap, 1 cup of water and 2 tbsp. of vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake everything well to mix thoroughly.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet and leave it alone for 30 minutes. Afterward, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and flush.
Clean Tile Grout
Combine a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Start by spraying on the tile and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Next, combine baking soda and water to form a paste, then work into the grout lines with a toothbrush. Rinse well.
For a natural laundry detergent, combine 1 cup of Ivory soap with a 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 of cup borax.
Lime and salt will remove or reduce the signs of rust. First sprinkle some salt on the rusted areas, then add lime juice over the salt until it is soaked. Leave it alone for 3 – 4 hours, then scrub lightly to remove residue.
Clean Glass Naturally
Most commercially available glass cleaners contain vinegar because it works so well. So why not make your own without all of the other chemicals?
To make enough to clean all of your windows for weeks to come, combine 1/2 cup of vinegar and 8 cups warm water in a spray bottle.
Clean Drains Without Harming Your Drain or Your Health
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into a clogged or dirty drain. Leave it alone for about a half hour and then rinse it clean with boiling water. Sometimes, severely clogged drains will need another application. Leave it in the drain overnight before rinsing.
Clean and Mop the Floors Naturally
Instead of using chemical cleaners, mix ½ cup of borax with 2 gallons of hot water in a mop bucket.
Remove Soap Scum in the Sinks or Tub
Baking soda will remove soap scum with a little elbow grease. Just sprinkle some on the area and scrub with a damp cloth or sponge and rinse clean. For resistant scrum, try vinegar as well.
Remove Calcium or Lime Deposits
Vinegar works great to remove calcium or lime deposits around chrome in the bathroom. Soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around faucets or water spouts. Leave it overnight, then rinse clean in the morning.
Remove Mold and Mildew from the Shower and Other Areas
Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. For tough mold, let it sit for an hour before rinsing with water.
Make Furniture Polish
Using a spray bottle, combine ¼ cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar and 25 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake well before using on furniture with a dry cloth.
Clean Your Iron or Coffee or Tea Kettle
Combine 1 pint of distilled vinegar with 2 pints of water to make the cleaning solution. Pour the mixture into the bottom of a kettle and bring to a boil. Or, to clean an iron, pour the mixture in the water reservoir. After 30 minutes, turn the iron on for a minute, then disconnect and rinse clean.
Clean Your Coffee Maker
Pour 2 cups distilled vinegar into the water reservoir and run the coffee cycle into the carafe. Unplug and rinse the entire coffee maker with water.
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You can make just about anything to clean, maintain or disinfect your home with natural ingredients without the harmful chemicals that are added to commercial brands.
Baking soda, vinegar and a little water, along with a few other added ingredients for more specialized cleaning, will accomplish just about anything you need while saving you some money, and quite possibly your immediate health in the process.