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Cleaning can be quite a tough job. But cleaning products make it so much easier. However, if you aren’t so keen about using some of the commercial cleaning products out there, then a DIY homemade cleaner will be great for you.
What makes these homemade cleaning products is that they have fewer chemicals. They are also cheaper. There are items in your pantry which you can use to create your very own homemade cleaning products. It helps save money and make you more environmental-friendly at the same time.
So, next time you need to clean something, you have to open your cupboard and get a few items like vinegar and baking soda to create homemade cleaning products!
For example, the ingredients in baking soda can help break down some stains by loosening grime. The acidity of the vinegar can help inhibit bacterial growth and prevent molds and even mildew from forming.
Top 5 Home Made Cleaning Products
To get you started on your DIY cleaning at home, we outlined five homemade cleaning products
that you will need to know. So, if you’re ready to start mixing and cleaning, then look at these cleaning recipes we have prepared for you!
1. All-Purpose Scented Cleaner
The first cleaning product you need to know is the All-purpose scented cleaner. You can use this cleaner in many ways, like cleaning your sink, tables, etc. For this cleaner, you will need to prepare these ingredients:
Cleaning with vinegar has long been proven to be effective, and in this DIY homemade cleaning recipe, this is the main ingredient we will be using. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients mentioned above. Next, pour the mix into a spray bottle. Shake it well and let it infuse for at least a week before using it.
After a week, you can now use your homemade all-purpose cleaner to remove wall smudges, hard water stains, clean trash cans, and wipe off the dirt on your countertop. You don’t have to worry when cleaning with vinegar because the scent of this ingredient will fade away and will be unnoticeable after you have let a couple of minutes pass by.
Besides, the lemon rind can overpower the vinegar, giving your cleaner a fresh scent. A word of caution: do not use acidic cleaners on granite as this will etch the stone.
2. Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer
Next is a cleaner and deodorizer for your kitchen. For this cleaner, you will need:
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 1-quart of warm water
If you want to clean your kitchen counters, refrigerator, and other appliances, all you need is baking soda! This ingredient is one of the best deodorizers and can be used to help your stainless-steel sinks and appliances become shinier.
To deodorize surfaces, you can combine baking soda with a quart of water to deodorize surfaces. You may also pour the baking soda straight from the box into your drain or garbage disposal system to remove unwanted odors.
If you want to make a stainless-steel shine, you can create a paste using baking soda and water. All you must do is apply this mixture with a damp cloth and rub it gently in the direction of the metal’s grain. Leave it for a few minutes. Then rinse it off and buff dry.
3. DIY Glass Cleaner
If you have glass furniture or want to clean your windows and any other glass at home, you will need this homemade glass cleaner. Prepare these ingredients:
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar or cider
- 1/4 cup 70% rubbing alcohol
- 2 drops of essential oil (optional)
If you need to clean your windows and mirrors, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients mentioned above. Pour it into a spray bottle, and you now have a homemade cleaner. Spray this mixture on a paper towel or cloth before wiping it on surfaces.
A word of caution: do not clean your windows using this solution on a hot sunny day because the solution will dry up very quickly and leave lots of streaks.
4. Homemade Brass Cleaner
If you have metals, especially brass, you do not have to buy a commercial cleaner. You can make one. For this one, you will need:
- White vinegar or lemon juice
- Table salt
All you must do is mix these ingredients if you want to clean a surface. Dampen a sponge using vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on some salt. Rub it over a surface very lightly. Then, rinse it thoroughly with water and dry the surface immediately using a soft cloth.
5. DIY Grease Cleaner
If you find cleaning grease annoying, then this DIY grease cleaner will be a lifesaver. You need to prepare these ingredients:
- 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia
- Scant 1 gallon of water
The sudsy ammonia contains a detergent that helps remove any built-up grime. Mix half a cup of this with a gallon of water, then use the mixture to clean your oven racks, grill, and stove hood by simply dipping a sponge into the solution and wiping it over a surface before rinsing it with water.
How long can homemade cleaning products last?
It depends on the materials you have used. The most natural and DIY cleaning solutions can last for at least a month. However, other ingredients like hydrogen peroxide can lose their potency quicker than other ingredients. If you need to use hydrogen peroxide in your DIY cleaning product, make sure to create a mixture that is enough for one-time use only.
These are only some homemade cleaning products you can run to whenever you need to clean something in the house. Remember to follow the instructions carefully and keep the mixture out of children’s reach even if these are natural products.
Also, remember to avoid combining ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine, bleach, or any product like a powdered dishwashing agent. The fumes these ingredients will create when mixed are extremely dangerous. So, before you do any mixing, make sure to read the labels of the products first.
Another safety tip is to label the bottles of your DIY mixtures with all the ingredients you have used so that if something happens, you will know what these bottles contain. Make sure to practice safety precautions when mixing these products and always store them in a safe place. Happy cleaning.
Nick Wilkesmann is the owner of a small professional cleaning company in Australia, who also blogs about cleaning at his site www.cleaning-king.com. Nick loves to help readers discover more natural and environmentally friendly cleaning methods to use at home.