If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been taking extra care to clean and disinfect your home. But finding the cleaning products you need has likely been challenging.
Fortunately, with just a few common ingredients and some empty containers, you can whip up your own collection of safe and natural cleaning products to use throughout the home. And an added bonus? They won’t contain that long list of chemicals that store-bought cleansers usually do.
Many of the ingredients you need for those DIY cleansers are already waiting in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. The most common ingredients you can use include the following:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dish soap
And along with containers such as spray bottles or canisters, you might also want to get ahold of some basic essential oils, citric acid and paper towels or reusable cloths.
Clean Your Home From Top To Bottom
Recipes for DIY cleaning products abound. No matter what you want to make sparkle and shine, there is likely a homemade cleanser for that purpose.
- In the kitchen, you can use a fragrant, all-purpose cleanser made from white vinegar and orange peels.
- Clear plugged drains in the kitchen or bathroom with a homemade drain cleaner made using baking soda, salt, white vinegar and boiling water.
- Make grout look like new with a paste made from baking soda and water, vinegar or peroxide (find out which one will best suit your needs here).
- Baking soda and vinegar are also the keys to a polished glass stovetop, although you might need to add a bit of elbow grease.
- Skip the scrubbing and drop a cleaning “bomb” into your toilet bowl. All you need is vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and citric acid, which is surprisingly easy to find.
- For spotless windows, combine one cup each of rubbing alcohol and water with a tablespoon of water in a spray bottle, or skip the alcohol for a truly natural glass cleaner.
- All it takes is vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice for glossy, dust-free wood furniture (that also smells amazing).
- You can even replace commercial disinfecting wipes with a homemade version that starts with paper towels.
There are some times when even natural products should be avoided. For instance, vinegar can be harmful to certain surfaces, such as marble or granite countertops. Check for recommendations or warnings whenever possible and test a small area of a surface if you’re still not sure.
[h/t: The Penny Hoarder]