You don't need to spend a lot of money to keep your house clean. If you live by the less is more adage, the last thing you want is to spend on expensive cleaning products that were made with toxic chemicals that will harm the environment. You can make your own cleaning products with natural ingredients right at home. It's better for your family's health and the environment. Read on to find out how you can make homemade cleaning products.
1. Shower cleaner
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You use your shower at least once everyday, so it's important to clean it frequently to ensure it stays mold free. Keep a small spray bottle with vinegar, water, and a hint of lemon juice in the bathroom. At least once a day, preferably after the shower, spray the cleanser directly on the shower head to reduce the growth of grime. After scrubbing the shower, run the water to finish cleaning it.
2. Window cleaner
Sometimes it's hard to find the right window cleanser that will leave your windows streak free. If you find a product that works for you, you may be tempted for forgo the following window cleaner recipe and we can't say we blame you for that. If you're willing to try it out for the sake of saving extra dough; here is the recipe. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider or white vinegar with ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Add two cups of water and one tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix well in a plastic spray bottle. Spray it onto glass windows and surfaces, wipe clean for streak-free shine.
3. Laundry soap
Keep your clothes and linens fresh (and save extra money) with a homemade laundry soap. You can make your own version of Tide with the following ingredients: borax, washing soda, and a bar of natural soap. Borax is a simple mineral comprised of water, oxygen, sodium, and boron. Washing soda is comprised of limestone and salt. These two ingredients (along with soap) work together to gently clean fabric materials. First step to making your own detergent is to grate the soap bar to small shreds. Mix the soap with two parts borax and two parts washing soda. Store it in a tight-lid container. When it's time to do laundry, use 1/8 cup of detergent at a time.
4. Oven cleaner
Unless you have a self-cleaning oven, you may find yourself stuck using a heavily toxic cleaner to clean out the oven. The good news is that you don't have to settle for harsh products, especially once you learn how to make a natural version instead. All you need to make a natural oven cleaner is ½ cup natural liquid soap, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 1 ½ cup of baking soda. Mix well. Remove the oven racks and put them to the side. Take a large paint brush and start coating the entire inside of the oven with the natural cleaner. Close the door and wait half a day. Check back eight hours later and look for signs of the grime being lifted with the foam. Take a small bucket with clean water and use a clean scrubber to completely remove the grime while wiping it clean. Scrub well until the inside of your oven looks as good a new.
5. Dish soap
Clean dishes are important, but that doesn't mean you should use toxic or harmful ingredients to make your plates shine. And since it's super easy to make your own natural dish soap, there really is no reason not to try it. The only ingredients you will need to make it: natural or castile soap bar, and hot water. Grate a single tablespoon of the soap bar and mix it in a bowl with one tablespoon of borax, pour a cup of boiling water. Stir the entire mixture well until the soap shreds dissolve, then let it sit for five to six hours or until the mixture starts to gel. Carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle for future use. If you want to add a scent to your natural dish soap mixture, feel free to add some essential oils to the homemade product.