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These easy to make home cleaning alternatives prove that everyday ingredients which you already have in your home are all you need to get surfaces clean and sparkly. Making the switch to non toxic DIY natural cleaning products is a lot cheaper and protects you from toxic fumes from chemical loaded cleaners. You can make your own homemade cleaning products using any of the following methods listed below.
Natural homemade cleaning products
Burnt pan paste
This formula is Best for Cast-iron, enamel pots and pans.
- Combine 2½ cups baking soda, 1½ cup salt , 2 tablespoons cream of tartar in a jar.
- pour a spoonful or two into the soiled pot or pan.
- Add a few drops of water enough to form a paste.
- Dampen a sponge and scrub the affected area. Rinse well and dry.
Do a spot test before you start scrubbing away, just to be sure your paste won’t scrub off your pan’s coating. The ingredients are mild abrasives and help dissolve tough caked on grime.
All purpose cleaner
- Add 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap or any plant based soap to a new spray bottle.
- Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water,and shake gently.
Use on counters, kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Use with a microfibre cloth.
- Pour some hot water, a few drops of lemon essential oil and white vinegar into a spray bottle,
- shake to combine .
- Spray the mixture in parts of the fridge you want to clean and let it sit for a minute or two.
- wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The smell of the vinegar evaporates after cleaning and the lemon essential oil leaves behind a fresh clean smell.
This is best for cleaning Tubs, showers, and tile. The combination of baking soda, salt and washing soda, cuts through grime and tough stains. And leaves your bathroom clean and fresh. It works like your favourite store bought bathroom cleaner.
- Pour 2 parts baking soda,1 part salt, 1 part washing soda into a bowl and mix well.
- Splash water on the bath surface to make it wet,
- sprinkle the powder on the wet surface, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Scrub with brush until the surface is clean, then rinse well with water.
To get rid of mildew in the bathroom, spray vinegar in the affected area, allow it to seat for about 30 minutes, scrub with a sponge and rinse off.
This is an effective way to restore shine to hardwood floors. Diluted vinegar deodorizes, disinfects, and cleans dirt and grime , while the citrus essential oil leaves behind a fresh scent.
- Mix ½ cup white vinegar 1 gallon warm water, 3 drops lemon or lavender essential oil together in a bucket.
- Mop the floor with mixture and let it dry.
Combine lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl, dab a little onto a microfiber cloth, and work into wooden furniture and fixtures in a circular motion.
- Combine 2 cups of white vinegar with citrus peel.
- Put in a jar. Leave it to infuse in the vinegar for a few days.
- Strain the out the vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle.
This can be used for cleaning windows and mopping the floor. Another option is
- Combine 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap,3 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 cups of water
- Pour into a spray bottle and shake
- Spray on windows and wipe with newspaper or microfiber cloth.
Mix some vinegar and lemon juice in a spray can.
Spray mixture inside the microwave and wipe clean with a warm cloth.
Mix ½ cup baking soda, liquid soap and 8 drops of rosemary or lemon grass essential oil in a bowl.
Scrub tile with mixture and wipe off with a wet cloth.
- Combine 4 cups of vinegar and a cup of baking soda in a liter of hot water.
- Pour mixture into the drain.
- Run some hot water down the drain.
This cleans and clears pipe effectively.
Mix 1 cup distilled water 3 drops lemongrass essential oil in a spray Bottle.
spray and clean with a dry cotton or microfiber cloth.
DIY Stain Remover
- Combine dish-washing liquid, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide in a small container.
- Mix together till you get a smooth paste.
- Using a toothbrush, gently rub the stain remover over the soiled area.
- Leave mixture on stain for some time then wash the cloth.
Spot test the stain remover before using.
- Combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid,1 tablespoon white vinegar,1 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl.
- Do this over a sink to avoid spilling that may occur when vinegar is combined with baking soda.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Spray on affected area and gently rub with a towel.
- Dab with the towel to remove stain and absorb water.