Making your own cleaning products is sometimes an option you already have in your pantry. With household items like vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, and stress-relieving essential oils, you can manufacture a wide range of DIY cleansers, from all-purpose cleaning sprays for granite counters to scouring pastes for showers and bathroom tiles to hardwood floor polishes.
Fill a container with 1.5 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup liquid soap (like Dawn), and two tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to make a bathroom cleanser that works equally well on your tub and shower as it does on your tile flooring. You can also use a little lemon juice if your grout is very grimy.
You need two items to make a natural laundry detergent that’s safe to use in HE machines: Sal Suds and baking soda. Combine two teaspoons Sal Suds and 1/4 cup baking soda for a single load. Add a quarter bowl of white vinegar to help brighten the whites.
In a bucket, combine one teaspoon of clear dish soap and one cup of warm water if your four-legged buddy tracks dirt onto your carpet. After blotting the stain dry, sprinkle the soap mixture over it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub gently until the area is clean. Learn how to prepare a more robust DIY carpet cleaner here for more tenacious messes like pet urine or red wine.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Spray With Vinegar
According to Kimberly Button, a certified green living expert, mix 13 ounces of hot water, 12 cups of white vinegar, 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, ten drops of lavender essential oil, and seven drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle to make a spray that will clean just about anything—countertops, the sink, light fixtures, and more.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar
Acidic elements like vinegar, lemon, and other citrus fruits can leave etching—or dull spots—on soft surfaces like marble and degrade the sealant on granite worktops. Kasey Ciesienky, creator and CEO of Red’s Gone Green, recommends mixing 14 cups vodka, 2 34 cups distilled water (ordinary tap water can create streaking), 14 teaspoons lavender essential oil, and 1/8 teaspoon tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle for a gentler but still effective spray.
Mattress And Shoe Freshener
According to Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, baking soda is a fabulously effective deodorizer for musty mattresses and dirty shoes. Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress’s surface or inside shoes and leave it to sit for at least a few hours. Vacuum any remaining powder from beds and other upholstered furnishings; shake shoes outside.
These simple recipes will have you making your own cleaning products in no time if you want to ditch the poisonous, commercial cleaners and convert them to natural, homemade cleaners.