How To Make Your Own Natural House Cleaning Products

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Avoid harmful chemicals to clean your house and mix your own ingredients to make a natural cleaner. The use of a natural cleaner is a much healthier alternative to conventional toxic cleaning products. Not only is it a lot better for the environment and saves you dollars on your cleaning products.

Vinegar: A natural cleaning product, disinfectant and deodorizer that is safe to use on almost all surfaces. However, it is always best to test in an inconspicuous area. Vinegar is an excellent antibacterial ingredient that can kill 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold and 80 percent of germs.

Vinegar

* Deodorize – Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar and let sit several hours or overnight, scrub well with toilet brush and flush.
* Disinfectant – Spray bathroom with full strength vinegar and wipe clean with damp cloth.
* Shower Door Tracks – Add full strength white distilled vinegar to track and let sit for a few hours. Flush with hot water and scrub with toothbrush.
* Soap Scum – Mix a paste of 1 cup salt, 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar and scrub tile / tub surround to remove soap scum. Make sure it is safe to use with your tile.
* Hard water or Rust Stains – Rub a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ cup of white vinegar vigorously.
* Grease – Clean areas where grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar. IE: kitchen fans, inside oven, top of cabinets.
* Linoleum – Clean floor with 1 cup white distilled vinegar per gallon of water. Apply full strength vinegar to tough stain and leave on 10-15 minutes. A tougher stain may require a vinegar application with a sprinkle of baking soda.
* Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of conventional fabric softener.
* Polish Stainless Steel – Sprinkle with small amount of vinegar and wipe with dry cloth.

Lemons: The juice of a fresh squeezed lemon or lemon juice concentrate can be mixed with vinegar or baking soda to make natural cleaning pastes with a splash of citrus fragrance.

Lemons

* Laminate/Tile Counter tops – Squeeze the juice from a ½ lemon onto the counter and use the lemon as the scrubber. You may have to leave juice on stains until you see them disappear, rinse surface with water and wipe clean. Lemons are not recommended for marble, granite or quartz surfaces.
* Garbage Disposal – Grind a lemon or orange peel in the disposal to add freshness.
* Dishes and Glassware – Add lemon juice to dishwater to brighten your dishes.
* Wood Cleaner – Add 1 part olive oil to 1 part lemon juice and rub wood with soft rag.
* Fabric Stains (Blood, Grass & Rust) – Dab a mixture of salt and lemon juice onto the stain, leave sit for a while, rinse and wash.
* Microwave – Place a ½ of lemon in a bowl of cold water into the microwave and hook n high for 3 minutes. The condensation will remove cooking odors and loosen baked foods for easy cleaning.
* Bleach – Mix ½ cup lemon juice with one gallon hot water. Soak clothes 1 hour to overnight depending on requirements and then wash as usual.
* Tupperware – Clean stains with lemon juice and baking soda. You may have to let sit overnight for tough stains.
* Tiles/Plumbing Fixtures – Wet sponge with lemon juice and wipe tiles to create a shine. The citrus is a natural deodorizer and discourages mildew.
* Rust Removal – Soaking rusty tools, hardware in lemon juice to break down rust formation. Add baking soda if extra scouring is required.

Baking Soda: Bicarbonate of soda is an excellent deodorant and can be used to scrub surfaces similar to commercial abrasive cleaners.

Baking Soda

* Surface Stains – Apply the mixture of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water to surface and leave sit, scrub or wipe clean. This mixture works well on Formica, marble and plastic surfaces.
* Tupperware – Rise with water and baking soda or soak to remove unwanted odors.
* Clean and Freshen Drains – Pour 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of baking soda down drain and immediately follow with large pot of boiling water.
* Unclog Drains – Add baking soda to drain and pour lemon juice over. The bubbling action will break up clogs. Flush with hot running water.
* Mildew – Eliminate black mildew and mold spots by mixing 1 part lemon juice to 1 part baking soda. Apply, leave on for 2 hours and rinse off.
* Footwear Deodorizer – Sprinkle baking soda in shoes to eliminate odor.
* Carpets – Sprinkle carpet with baking soda and let stand for 15 minutes then vacuum to remove unwanted scents.
* Litter Box – Add baking soda to litter box to prevent odor.
* Outdoor Furniture – Add a ½ cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water and wash furniture.
* BBQ Grills – Sprinkle grills with baking soda, let sit and rinse off.
* Greasy Garage Floor – Sprinkle baking soda to greasy area, let stand, scrub and rinse off.
* Mops – Soak floor mops in 1 gallon of water with 4 tbsp of baking soda to eliminate odour.
* Crayon Marks – Remove crayon marks off walls with a paste of baking soda and water.

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