Who doesn’t like a tidy and shining house? Many stores bought cleaners have harmful chemicals that may damage the surface or cause health or skin issues in sensitive adults or children. Before buying loads of cleaners from the supermarket to do some major cleaning, read the following six homemade cleaning solutions that are very effective.
You’ll find most of the ingredients in your pantry, and you can use them to make a homemade cleaning solution. These recipes also come in handy when you have a load of work to complete, and you’ve run out of your favorite cleaning product. So, no need to run to the store; try these effective homemade cleaners.
Before we dig into the recipes, let’s see some of the best alternatives for home cleaning products.
- Baking Soda – Baking soda is both a deodorizer and cleanser. You can mix it with vinegar to remove and clean clogs.
- Cornstarch – If you’ve run out of window cleaner, no issues. You can use cornstarch to clean picture frames, sliding windows, and fiberglass doors, along with other glass surfaces. You can also remove tough stains from rugs and carpets.
- Lemon – As you know, lemon has the most powerful natural acid occurring in foods. You can use lemon to kill bacteria and get rid of grease.
- White Vinegar – Like lemon, you can also use white vinegar to cut certain stains and grease, clear wax build-ups, and clear mildew.
- Rubbing Alcohol – Use rubbing alcohol to kill all the germs and bacteria from the surface.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide acts as bleach and also disinfects the place.
- Washing Soda – Another great alternative to clean kitchen counters and stubborn stains are washing soda. It’s great for cleaning kitchen tiles, sink, bathrooms, and bathtubs. Just make sure you don’t use washing soda on aluminum surfaces.
- One part water
- One part white vinegar
- Rosemary sprigs
- Lemon rind
Take a spray bottle and combine the water, vinegar, rosemary sprigs, and lemon rind. Shake the bottle well and let all the ingredients settle for a week before using. After a week, you can use this cleaner to cut hard stains, grease, clean trash cans, and much more. The lemon in the mixture will give a sweet scent to the place.
Point to remember – Do not use the mixture on granite surface as it may etch the stone.
Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 7 to 8 drops tea tree oil
- 7 to 8 drops lemon essential oil
- An empty wipe container
- 20 to 25 square towels or similar material
Place the square cloth or towel in the empty wipe container and set it aside. Now take a bowl and combine vinegar, water, lemon essential oil, and tea tree oil and mix well. Pour the prepared mixture in the container over the wipes so they’ll soak the mixture and be ready for your next use.
Homemade Glass Cleaner
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cp rubbing alcohol
Ran out of the window and glass cleaner? No worries, this will solve the problem. Take a spray bottle and combine all the ingredients to make a DIY glass cleaner.
Point to remember – You shouldn’t clean the glasses or windows on a sunny, hot day because the solution will dry too quickly, leaving marks on the surface. If you’re cleaning a mirror, do not spray directly on the surface. Rather sprinkle on a towel or cloth to wipe.
DIY Oven Cleaner
- Water according to the quantity of mixture you need (3 tbsp in general)
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup white vinegar
Take a small bowl and mix ½ cup baking soda in 3 tbsp water. You can take more water if needed. Now spread the mixture on your oven walls and scrub it to remove oil and food stains. After this, let the mixture sit overnight.
The next morning, pour vinegar in a spray bottle and sprinkle wherever you see stains and soda. Doing so will create foam. Now wipe the surface with a damp cloth and continue till it’s cleaned.
DIY Cleaner For Clogged Drains
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- One gallon hot water
Pour one gallon of hot water and ½ cup salt in the clogged drain. If you don’t see any results, pour baking soda and white vinegar into the drain. This mixture will make a chemical reaction.
Point to remember – This process is for metal pipes. If you have plastic pipes, you can replace the boiling water with lukewarm water.
DIY Heavy-Duty Scrub
- 1/2 cup borax powder
- 1/2 lemon
To scrub any stained surface, dip the lemon in borax and clean the stains. Scrub it until stains come out, and then rinse thoroughly. This recipe is not for granite or marble surfaces.
The Bottom Line
With DIY cleaner, you won’t only save money, but you’ll also save your home surfaces from getting damaged from the harmful chemicals. There are so many reasons to use DIY cleaners, and you can make most of them with products you already have in your home. Use these homemade cleaning solutions in a pinch if you’re out of your regular store-bought cleaner, or use it every time you clean.