Five Homemade Products To Keep Your Home Clean and Odor-Free
Regardless of the season … spring, summer, fall, winter or the holiday season … what could be better than a sparkling, fresh-smelling home? It will make you feel more relaxed and invigorated at the same time when your surroundings are spruced up. There are many positive benefits to having order in your home. It’s important, however, in your quest for a clean home, to not introduce potential hazards in your home or add to the damage of our environment. Some commercial cleaning supplies are harsh and dangerous, and others produce really nasty by-products. So how do you do a good job cleaning your home and still keep your family, pets, and the environment safe? The Solution … use homemade cleaning supplies that are easy to make from common groceries you already have in your home. In fact, most of the following solutions are safe enough to ingest, so you can rest assured they’re not poisoning you or the environment.
The Miracle of Vinegar
Vinegar is an amazing product with almost endless uses. It can remove water stains, as well as, kill mold and mildew. It can also be used as a deodorizer and a powerful cleaner. Here is an example of how you can use vinegar as a general cleaner. First, mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. Then, all you need is a clean cloth to begin freshening up your home. You can use this mixture to clean countertops, bathroom fixtures, and laminate floors, etc. Vinegar and water works especially well on faux wood floors, as it dries quickly. If you use just plain water or soapy water you will find that it leaves streaks, smudges, and water spots on floors. But when you mix water and vinegar and use a little elbow grease, your floors will dry instantly and be shiny. Undiluted vinegar will remove mold and water marks. In fact, you can pour full strength vinegar directly on mold or mildew to kill it. Additionally, to clean your coffee maker, you should pour straight vinegar in the chamber and turn it on as you would if you were making coffee.
The Power of Baking Soda
Baking soda is another very safe product that can be used in a variety of ways. For example, baking soda can be used to unclogged your sink or to kill smell and remove dirt and grime. Just sprinkle a box of baking soda all over the inside of the sink and into the drain. Wait for a few minutes to allow the soda to deodorize the area. Then pour undiluted vinegar into the sink and drain and watch the reaction. This can be a fun project for your kids and it will get them involved in house cleaning without them even knowing that they’re cleaning house. Another use for baking soda is for cleaning the stovetops. First, make a thick paste of baking soda to gently scrub the surface. Pour the baking soda into a bowl and slowly add small amounts of water until all the soda is damp, but hasn’t dissolved. Then use a plastic scrubby to apply to the stovetop. This is a great to remove grease and grime without scratching the surface of the stovetop. Baking soda in also an excellent deodorizer. It is a well-known trick to set a small dish of baking soda in the refrigerator or freezer to absorb odors. Change the baking soda in the fridge every month; dump the old baking soda into your drains to deodorize them and set a new dish in the fridge.
Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to remove stubborn stains in your bathroom. Make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar and use an old toothbrush to scrub stains. Then rinse well and your bathroom should be sparkly.
Lemons and Lemon Juice
Lemon scent perks up the whole house and makes everyone feel happy. This is why many furniture polish companies add lemon scent to their products. To make your own lemon scented product, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on it. Then use the lemon half to scrub counter tops, dishes, and chrome surfaces. It will leave your kitchen shiny and smelling great. For wood furniture or leather, mix 2 parts olive oil with one part lemon juice. Then apply a small amount to a clean rag and rub vigorously to shine and dust.
Toothpaste contains cleaning agents and is a little gritty making it very useful to gently remove stains on many household surfaces. For example, water rings on wooden furniture can be removed or lightened by rubbing toothpaste onto the spot with a clean rag. Toothpaste can be used to remove residue left from glue, for example, when you peel off a price tag. Also use toothpaste on a plastic scrubby for cleaning any slightly textured surface.
Follow the tips above and you will have a naturally clean, deodorized home, without endangering your family or harming our environment. A word of caution: Be sure to try all products in a hidden area first, test for color fastness or fading, and be sure to use common sense when mixing products.
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