Tired of buying chemicals and bottles that promise to clean things, but don’t? Afraid of the impact those chemicals have on your lungs or the environment? Try out these DIY cleaning solutions.
A great all-purpose cleaner that I use is…. VINEGAR! I definitely have two giant bottles in my house and I use it for EVERYTHING.
- Spray bottle
- Equal parts water
- Equal parts vinegar
- Optional: add a few drops of tea-tree oil that helps kill bacteria and smells nice
All you need is a spray bottle and equal parts water and vinegar. Or, you can just pour some vinegar on a rag for easy wiping down surfaces.
Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, like cleaning. It is also biodegradable. However, vinegar is not a registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus. Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial ingredients and can be an effective household cleaner.
**DO NOT mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide or vinegar and bleach TOGETHER! NEVER! EVER! You could potentially create a toxic gas. So don’t!**
Whitening, Scrubbing and Deodorizing Cleaner
For showers, sinks and grout
Do you remember doing those volcano science projects as a kid? Mixing vinegar and baking soda in a bottle, and watching it “explode”? Well, turns out this chemical reaction creates a great cleaning product as well.
- Scoop of baking soda
- Generous pour of vinegar
Don’t go mixing this in a bottle, though, because you’ll get a similar reaction. Instead, pour a scoop of baking soda on the surface you wish to clean/deodorize/scrub. Next, pour vinegar over the top and watch it fizz. Scrub away for squeaky clean and white surfaces!
Tough Shower Cleaner
For the not-so-easy-to-remove stains and scum.
This cleaner can make it a little hard to breathe, so make sure you ventilate your bathroom and wear a mask.
- Heat up 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water in the microwave for 1 minute
- Mix vinegar and water solution with a squirt of dish soap
- Put into a spray bottle and spray on shower surfaces, including the glass
- Let sit for 10 minutes
- Scrub away!
You’re having friends over for drinks and games. One of them is a major klutz, and spills his/her beer all over the carpet. GASP! They freak out, apologize right and left while you calmly walk to the kitchen like it’s no big deal. WHY? Because you have this awesome cleaner up your sleeve that doesn’t stink up the house AND deodorizes your carpet…
Yes, folks, baking soda can be used for CARPET stains as well! HOW!!?
- Blot the stain with a damp rag and a tiny bit of dish soap.
- Pour a heap of baking soda over the top and let it sit for a while (about 30 minutes for fresh stains, overnight for nasty, old stains)
- Vacuum it all up!
And that’s it!
I buy baking soda and vinegar at Costco, where you will get the BEST deal. The 13.5 pound bag of baking soda costs around $8, which is a HUGE money-saver compared to the boxes you might buy at your local store. And for about $5, you can get two 1-gallon jugs of vinegar. Go Costco!