Making homemade cleaners is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to keep your home clean. By using simple ingredients that are often readily available, you can create effective cleaning solutions.
Here are some recipes that Henderson Total Maintenance recommends:
2 cups water
½ cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon dish soap
10 drops of essential oil (optional, for fragrance)
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. This all-purpose cleaner can be used on countertops, floors, and other surfaces.
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray the solution onto windows or mirrors and wipe with a lint-free cloth or newspaper for streak-free results.
½ cup baking soda
¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
10 drops of tea tree oil (for its antibacterial properties)
Instructions: Mix the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and tea tree oil to form a paste. Apply the paste to the desired surfaces, scrub gently, and rinse thoroughly. This cleaner works well on tiles, grout, and tubs.
1 cup baking soda
10-15 drops of essential oil (choose your preferred scent)
Instructions: Combine the baking soda and essential oil in a jar. Shake well to distribute the oil evenly. Sprinkle the mixture liberally on carpets, leave for 15-20 minutes, and then vacuum thoroughly to freshen the carpet.
Remember to label your homemade cleaners properly and keep them out of the reach of children.
While these homemade cleaners are generally safe to use, it’s always a good idea to test them on a small, inconspicuous area before using them on larger surfaces. Also, avoid using vinegar-based cleaners on natural stone surfaces, as vinegar can damage the stone.
Homemade cleaners are a great alternative to store-bought products, as they are cost-effective, customizable, and often free from harsh chemicals. Enjoy the satisfaction of maintaining a clean and healthy home with these simple and effective DIY cleaners.