Keeping the house clean is something that we always strive to do, in the best way possible.
This is why you might want to seriously consider making your own DIY home cleaners instead of using store-bought products.
Making the switch might sound like it’s not worth your time, but considering you probably have the ingredients already in your kitchen, you would save lots of money and eliminate the use of harsh chemicals by doing so.
DIY cleaners can do just as good a job as commercial detergents and other types of cleaners we use for glass and wood surfaces, bathrooms and kitchens, clogged drains, dishwashing, and more.
If you have young children or a pet, you don’t want harsh chemicals anywhere near them.
These convenient products come with a hidden cost that takes a toll on your health and the environment.
You can make a safer alternative to any store-bought product and it will ultimately be better for your family and the items you will use your DIY products on.
However, you should always test them first.
For instance, acidic products shouldn’t be used on granite or marble surfaces.
It’s time to put your DIY skills to use now, and you won’t regret it!
Before blue liquid products hit the shelves, people used white vinegar mixed with distilled water to clean their windows.
Try mixing 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and pour that into a bottle sprayer.
Don’t worry about the smell because the vinegar will evaporate quickly.
Some people like to add a few drops of essential oil, like lemon oil, for example, which will give the mix a refreshing, citrusy scent.
Spray as you would a commercial product, then wipe clean with a cloth for sparkly windows!
Vinegar and water can also be an all-purpose cleaner used to clean bathrooms, kitchen countertops, and all types of shiny surfaces.
Stained furniture, carpets, and clothes are just a fact of life.
A variety of ingredients can be used to get rid of stains such as rubbing alcohol, Borax, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, petroleum jelly, and baking soda.
Combining some of these ingredients can treat specific types of stains, such as coffee or tea stains.
You can make a paste of borax and water and spread it on the stain, then wash the material.
If it’s an ink stain that’s spreading, you can stop it by using petroleum jelly around the edge of the stain, until the material gets washed.
Clogged drains are a menace and disrupt our daily lives.
Store-bought products can easily damage drains since they use acid to cut through all the grease, hair, food particles, and a bunch of other things we throw into our sinks that should go in the trash can instead.
That’s why, according to AllMastersPlumbing.com, the best solution for clogged drains is using natural homemade products as they won’t be harmful to your pipes.
Natural products use a slow-draining approach.
Try the classic method of a mix of vinegar and baking soda poured into a drain, then washed down with boiling water.
Some clogs might need a plumber, especially if you’ve tried a DIY method and didn’t work.
Don’t worry though, as some clogs may just be too much to handle, but rest assured, professionals can handle it without doing any harm to your plumbing.
Laundry is a daily chore in many houses.
Commercial detergents contain enzymes that clean your clothes, but are toxic if swallowed.
When you’re exposed to an excessive amount of these enzymes, it can cause medical issues like asthma or a skin rash.
There are plenty of recipes for homemade detergents and here’s just one of them:
- 4 cups of water
- 1/3 bar of soap, grated
- 1/2 cup washing soda (washing soda is different from baking soda)
- 1/2 cup of borax
- 3 gallons of water
Start by melting the soap on low heat in 4 cups of water.
Add the rest of the ingredients and keep stirring until the mixture is thick.
Let it rest for 24 hours, and there it is!
People who have tried homemade detergents report their clothes to come out just as clean as when using commercial detergents.
Water, sun, and time will all take a toll on your wooden furniture.
Product build-up of wax on wooden furniture takes the shine out, leaving the wood looking dull.
A mixture of olive oil, water and vinegar can help restore and polish the wood, bringing out a lovely shine.
You can make your house super clean and free from harmful chemicals while saving a small fortune on commercial products.
Make sure you always test the products first, as not all materials, flooring, or countertops will react the same way.
You can also label the different products you make to have easy access to them while storing them in a safe place.