7 DIY Cleaning Products to Maintain Your Home Spotless
It is essential to take care of your household and regularly clean every room. A dirty and neglected home has its negative repercussions. The most dangerous effect is on your family’s health. Everyone, from small children to older people can develop different allergies, it can cause infections, or has a direct impact on people’s mental state.
So, it’s clear that keeping every room in a clean state is a requirement for hygienic reasons, but also to preserve the good condition of your home. For example, keeping the windows in good shape will lengthen their lifespan and energy efficiency. This will directly reflect on the monthly household bills you’re paying. And this is only one example. Think of your kitchen utensils – stove, refrigerator, washing machine, expensive electronics, all of these objects need to be in good condition if you want to use them for long period of time.
Undoubtedly, the process of cleaning every room is a bit tedious and tiring but it’s inevitable. However, one thing on which you can save is the money you’ll spend on the chore. There are countless cleaning detergents on the market to choose from and most of them are doing an excellent job. Yet, you can achieve the same results with some cleaning solutions you can prepare by yourself using some home supplies. They will do the same job and will be easy on the budget. Another plus is that these mixtures are environmentally and pets friendly. They are the better choice if a member of the household has allergies or is intolerant to some of the chemicals that are in most of the detergents.
What products do you need?
These ingredients are in almost every kitchen. However, if you find yourself lower on some of the supplies, just make a quick stop to the supermarket and you’ll be able to buy them very cheap.
Here is a short list of ingredients you will need:
- Dishwashing Liquid – PH neutral cleaner.
- White Vinegar – conceals unpleasant smell, disinfects, descales, degreases, removes mildew.
- 70% Rubbing Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide – natural whitener and brightener, easily breaks dirt from almost any surface. Can be used for disinfecting in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Baking Soda – natural abrasive.
- Essential Oil -They have different properties, for example, they can act as an antibacterial or anti-mildew deterrent.
Homemade Cleaning Solution Recipes
- Glass Cleaner: ½ white vinegar, ½ water. Use the mix for windows, mirrors or any glass surface and object in your home. You will only need a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass after you spray it with the cleaner. This is a good method to keep the window panes shiny. Although, if your windows are really dirty and you want to do a seasonal cleaning then you will need to use a little bit more efforts. Domestic window cleaning is not quantum physics but there are some specifics that you need to consider like the weather condition, the type of the windows and the equipment you have.
- Stain Remover: 2 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part dishwashing liquid. Use the mixture as a pre-treater of almost any stain. Also, to preserve the quality of the mix and because hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light, store the solution in a dark bottle. After treating the spot with the solution use the disinfectant.
- Disinfectant: ½ rubbing alcohol, ½ water. Use it in the bathroom, on any kitchen surface and utensils. It’s the perfect cleaning solution even for electronic devices.
- Degreaser & Soap Scum Remover: ½ dishwashing liquid, ½ vinegar. This is the end to your bathroom nightmares. It doesn’t matter if you have white or colorful tiles, soap scum stains will be “decorating” those walls and you’ll hate it every time you see them. However, this mixture will easily remove any stains in no time. This cleaner guarantees that in a few minutes you will have a shiny bathroom or kitchen tiles.
- Mold Deterrent: 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 2 parts water. Spray the solution on areas with mold. Wait for an hour and then wash it away with water. This method will put an end to your bathroom, kitchen and washing room mold problems.
- All-Purpose Cleaner: 2 tbsp dishwashing liquid, a bottle of water (1L). Use it for general dusting and cleaning or to polish not so stained countertops.
- Toilet Cleaner: ¼ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Mix the ingredients, pour the solution into the toilet bowl and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Then scrub the toilet with a brush and rinse it. The result is shiny and disinfected toilet.
*The baking soda works with every one of these cleaning solutions. However, mix ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda into 2L (½ gallon) of water and you have the perfect water stains remover for windows, mirrors, bathroom and kitchen chrome fixtures and shower stalls.
- Label every bottle and write down what is the purpose of the cleaning solution and its content.
- Do not fill the whole spray bottle with the cleaning solution. These mixtures do not have the same shelf life as the detergents sold in the stores. The homemade products will last for approximately two months. So when you make them write the date on the label and you’ll easily note when it’s time to throw the solution out and prepare a fresh one.
- To make it easier on yourself, use spray bottles in different sizes, shapes and colors. That way you’ll distinguish the different products straightforward.
- Adding 10 drops of essential oil in the cleaning mixtures will scent your home and make it feel more cozy and airy. That way you will avoid the heavy pungent smell of the chemicals in the store-bought detergents that usually require to air the room after using them.
These non-toxic homemade cleaning solutions are the perfect alternative for your daily household life. Whenever you make a mess in the kitchen or want to freshen up the look of the bathroom prepare the necessary cleaning solution, which will take you only a couple of minutes, and remove any stains. You’ll be able to return the sparkling state of your windows, countertops, furniture or bathroom almost immediately without any trouble and spending unnecessary money.