Cleaning the house can be a difficult task and we often don't have enough time to do everything we want. To make things worse we are faced with a wide assortment of cleaning products that are very toxic. These cleaning agents do get things clean, but they leave behind residues and smells and they're simply not very good for the environment or for the people in your home. If children happen to get into the cleaning products, they can get very sick if they happened to ingest them. Thankfully, there are many do it yourself cleaning products that you can make on your own with just a few simple ingredients which work just as well as the expensive cleaning products you buy from the store. Here are some cleaning hacks you can use in your home and put more money back in your wallet.
Take Stock of Your Cleaning Supplies
Before you begin, you should take stock of the cleaning supplies you already have. Many of these can simply be thrown out because they are so toxic. There are many ways that you can replace these different cleaning agents. Do-it-yourself agents are better for the environment and you're going to save a lot of money in the long run. You may have two or three cleaning agents that you already own that might already be eco-friendly, but there are many more ways to use eco-friendly agents that you might not have realized.
DIY Cleaners to have on hand
Here are a few of the do-it-yourself cleaners that you should have on hand in your home. Many of these you probably already have in your home and they don't cost a lot of money unlike expensive chemical cleaners do.
- Baking soda – This white powder has a lot of uses and it's an excellent cleaner especially when you mix it with vinegar because it works much like chemical cleaners do without all of the harshness and smell.
- Vinegar – Vinegar works well as a cleaner because it is acidic. It’s not as harsh as chemical cleaners are and when you combine it with baking soda it makes an excellent cleaner.
- Essential Oils – Essential oils also make great cleaning compounds and they can be combined with other do it yourself cleaners to get the task done
- Lemons Limes – You should have some citrus on hand, especially lemons or limes, because they give off a pleasant odor and make good use as a cleaner. You probably noticed that many conventional cleaners have a lemon smell to them.
- Distilled Water – This type of water works well because it has most of the impurities that tap water has taken out, so it makes for a better cleaner.
Garbage Disposal Smells
The garbage disposal can save you a lot of time by getting rid of waste but it tends to get quite smelly over time as the materials are broken down inside. You can take some fresh lemons or limes and then cut these into small pieces and when you have the water running you can then put these into the disposal and they will work to remove some of the odors. Not only that but they will keep the garbage disposal clogged free and clean it at the same time because the acid in the lemons and limes will act as a mild cleaner.
One of the most annoying things in the shower is water stains on the glass. Many people use a compound such as ammonia to remove these stains but ammonia is very toxic and leaves a very harsh smell behind. One way to do this without having to use ammonia is to use some shaving cream. All you need to do is to let this sit for 15 minutes and then wash it off and your glass should be as good as new.
When it comes time to clean the tub, nobody wants to do this. There are many different cleaning agents you can get to clean your tub but you probably have two of the best ones in your home already. Use about a half cup of baking soda and then one cup of vinegar along with hot water and pour this into the tub. You should let this sit for around 5 minutes and then fill up your tub with hot water until it is around one-quarter filled. You then want to leave this for another 5 minutes and then drain it out and rinse it. Your tub should be as clean as new.
Hard clear alcohols like vodka can be used as a cleaning agent and you can even use white wine. If you have any carpet stains on your carpet you can use vodka or white wine on the stain as well as rubbing alcohol. These types of alcohol used to work a lot better than even standard over-the-counter products for carpet cleaning. Alcohol is strong enough to remove any stain. Please make sure that you use clear alcohol and not alcohol such as beer, red wine, whiskey, and so on because these are simply going to stain the carpets further.
Your vinegar and water solution will work just as well on the toilet. In this case, you want to leave it a little bit longer before you flush it away. You can then use the solution to wipe off the seat to keep it nice and sanitary. If you have more stains in the toilet you might have to leave the solution in for a little bit longer and then use a toilet brush to scrub away the stains. Another way to do this is to use around 15 drops of essential oil or lemon essential oil along with one cup of baking soda. If you leave this mixture in your toilet bowl for around thirty minutes you should have a nice clean toilet bowl.
If you have a microwave to clean, take around 15 drops of lemon essential oil and mix this with 1 and 1/2 cups of water. Put this into a micro safe bowl and then put it into the microwave on a high setting for around 5 to 10 minutes. The steam is going to condense inside the ceilings in the walls of the microwave. Once this is complete you will be able to scrub away the dream with a simple sponge.
Own Glass Cleaner
You can make a simple glass cleaner right from your own home. All you need is a few drops of essential oil, distilled water, and some white vinegar. This is a very cost-effective way to clean your mirrors, windows, and other windows in your home. This cleaner will do the same thing as harsher cleaners like ammonia does but without the smell or the toxicity.
Lemon Oil in Oven
One of the worst places in the home that gets dirty is the stove. You can take some lemon essential oil and use it as a degreaser inside the oven. Lemon essential oil is great for this purpose and it will remove all of the stubborn grease stains. Take a few drops of lemon essential oil, one cup of vinegar, and one cup of water and spray this mixture into the oven. If you have a lot of tough stains you can sprinkle these with baking soda before you apply your mixture.
Rubber Gloves and Pet Hair
Trying to get up all the pet hair with a vacuum can be problematic. You can do this with a pair of rubber gloves. Take the rubber gloves and rub them down any areas of the carpet or fabric that needs some cleaning. The rubber will gather up the pet hair really well! Simply take the gloves and run them under water to remove the hair.
Stove Top Scrub
Baking soda is a great cleaner for your oven top. Sprinkle this on top of your stove along with some water. You simply leave this mixture on the stove for around one hour and then you can wipe it off.
We usually associate coffee filters with making coffee but they make excellent dust removers. They will remove dust from computer monitors, TV screens, and so on and they don't leave behind fibers like paper towels or regular towels will.
These are some simple ways that you can use everyday household items to clean your house without using harsh chemical cleaners. The most basic cleaning supplies you need on hand are baking soda and vinegar because these make excellent cleaners and these two simple ingredients work very well for many cleaning tasks. We hope this guide gets you started with cleaning your home in an eco-friendly way.