5 DIY Cleaning Solutions Already Inside Your Home

Get rid of your toxic chemical home cleaning solutions with and replace them with DIY and eco-friendly ones that might already be in your kitchen. Here are 5 DIY cleaning solutions you can try in any types of kitchen.

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Throw away your commercial cleaning products that contain a whole range of solvents, artificial fragrances, and other chemicals that may pose a threat to your family and the environment over a long period of time. Start opting for its natural alternatives that are eco-friendly and cost-effective. Here are 5 DIY basic cleaning ingredients and solutions that are easy to make and accessible.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium carbonate, can be dubbed as a miracle cleaner because it can absorb odor and is mildly abrasive that rivals powdered cleaners.  But before you use this for cleaning, make sure that it is fresh by mixing it with vinegar. If it fizzes, then it is fresh for use. As an all-purpose, no abrasive cleaner, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth then use it on countertops, bathtubs, ovens, sinks, and fiberglass. You can also sprinkle some baking soda on your laundry load and set it over night to remove odor.

White Distilled Vinegar

Apart from being used as a cooking ingredient, vinegar is also widely known for its anti-fungal, cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing properties. Due to its acidic nature, it makes a perfect fit as an effective cleaning agent against soap scum, grease, and lime deposits on surfaces in your bathroom and kitchen. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with water in a bucket or pray bottle to clean anything such as your windows, mirrors, floors, toilet, and kitchen.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice multiplies the power of any DIY cleaning solution you make. It kills molds and mildew, cuts grease, and leaves a shine and scent pleasing to both the eyes and nose. It’s also powerful enough to polish tarnished bronze, copper, aluminum, and brass. To do that, you simply have to rub lemon on the metallic surface. If you need more cleaning power, squeeze ½ lemon with a teaspoon of baking soda then form a paste. Use that as your polishing cream.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is mainly used for cleaning wounds and other medical purposes but now, you can have a new use for it. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a bleach substitute in place of chlorine. You can use this to remove perspiration stains on white clothes. To use this as natural bleach for cleaning your bathroom, mix 1 tbs. cream of tartar and small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Combine till you make a paste and apply on stained areas. Leave it for a few hours, scrub then rinse after.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple in many dishes and now, you can use it for cleaning.  Polish worn out wooden furniture with this mixture: 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice or vinegar. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle then mist it on a soft cloth then wipe on your wooden furniture’s surface. This is a natural way of polishing wood with a fresh citrus scent.

If you don’t have these items at hand, then you might want to run to your nearest grocery and stock up on these basic ingredients for your home. Working with these DIY cleaning solutions around your home will give savings and a peace of mind for the safety of your family.

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog, CanadianTravelHacking.com.

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