Don’t head to the store the next time you need to clean your home. Save money and avoid the chemicals in many conventional cleaning products by making your own cleaning products.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
This simple all-purpose cleaner only takes a few minutes to make. Fill a 32-ounce spray bottle with water and then add 25 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Shake the bottle just before each use. It works great throughout your home, especially in the kitchen. Spray on kitchen counters, refrigerator shelves and floors, then wipe up with paper towels.
Save money by making your own laundry detergent. Mix together eight cups each of washing soda, baking soda, and grated bar soap, and 12 cups of borax. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture to each full load of laundry. This detergent works great in cold or hot water, and for lightly scented laundry, add several drops of lavender essential oil to your wash water.
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Toss aside the expensive bathroom cleaners, and make your own instead with just two simple ingredients: baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on any surface you’d like to clean, such as a sink, bathtub, counter or toilet. Add a small amount of water to create a paste, and gently scrub. Add vinegar to a spray bottle, and spray it on any bathroom surface. Wipe clean.
For washing kitchen and bathroom vinyl floors, add some castile soap to a bucket of hot water. Add any essential oils you like (such as tea tree, orange or lemon) to scent the room while providing extra cleaning power.
When you’re cleaning your house, don’t forget hidden areas such as sink and bathtub drains. They can get caked with soap and gunk, but cleaning them is quick and easy. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda in and around the drain area, then slowly pour vinegar onto the area. The mixture will fizz and bubble to let you know it’s working. Let this sit for several hours or overnight, then run very hot water through the drain. Clean all drains frequently, at least once per month, to keep them clean and prevent buildup.
Didn’t add enough water to a pan when cooking and the food burned at the bottom? Don’t worry that your pan is ruined. Instead, place it in the sink with some soapy water, and sprinkle a generous amount of kitchen salt (for example, sea salt) into the pan. Let it sit overnight, and the next day when you scrub the pan, the burned spots should loosen easily.
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