More household cleaners are on the market than a person could ever know what to do with. But many of them contain harsh chemicals that may not be something you want to expose family members and pets to (not to mention, they can be expensive). Create homemade cleaners on your own that contain simple ingredients for safe, effective cleaning around the house.
Use white vinegar as a general cleaner around the house. It's an amazing product because it's safe to use, is a natural disinfectant, is readily available and is inexpensive. The only downside is the smell, but if you dilute the vinegar with water it will help to curb the scent, which doesn't linger long anyway. Add a few tablespoons of dish soap and ¼ teaspoon salt or baking soda for some extra cleaning power. Put this cleaner in a spray bottle and use it anywhere there’s dirt or germs including counter tops in the kitchen or bathroom, light switches, doorknobs, kitchens, bathrooms, dining tables, and baseboards.
Citrus Household Cleanser
If you absolutely cannot stand the smell of vinegar, turn your vinegar cleanser into a citrus-y smelling one. Add citrus fruit peels (orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit) to the half-water, half-vinegar mixture, as well as 1 tablespoon of salt. Place the mixture into glass jars and store them for a few weeks before straining the mixture to get the liquid product. The cleaner will smell nice, clean well, and leave all those toxic store cleaners behind.
Deep Cleaning for Bathrooms
For general bathroom cleaning, you can also use white vinegar. You may want to use it straight in tough areas, but be sure to wear rubber gloves since vinegar can irritate your skin. Hydrogen peroxide is also a wonderful bathroom cleaner.
To scrub soap scum stains and water marks in sinks and toilets, use baking soda. It is abrasive enough to scrub that scum right off. For a fresher scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the powder, such as orange or lavender. Apply the paste and let it sit for at least five minutes before scrubbing.
For extra tough rings and stains that never seem to disappear, even with the use of harsh cleansers, try a pumice stone. Use the pumice stone directly on the stains and scrub the stains with the stone. It will take quite a bit of scrubbing, but this should do the trick.
Glassy and shiny surfaces such as mirrors can simply be wiped with a damp microfiber cloth. The microfiber wipes the streaks away on its own. For dirtier areas, such as glass sliding doors and windows, vinegar comes to the rescue again. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water together in a spray bottle and use it as you would any other glass cleaning spray.
Mix together 2 cups borax, 2 cups washing soda, 1 grated bar of Fels-Naptha. Grate the Fels-Naptha with a chopper, blender, or grate it by hand. Mix all the ingredients and store the powdery concoction in a glass jar or other container with a lid. Use 1 tablespoon per load for regular laundry and 2 tablespoons for loads that are particularly dirty. For extra dirty loads, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the load.