Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Want to simplify cleaning and save money at the same time? Skip the brand name cleaners and use what you have under the sink.

Natural Cleaners

After accidentally burning a hole in our carpet a few years back, we moved completely away from commercial cleaning products. Instead we use only four products to clean: white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and dish soap. You can make a full suite of cleaning products from these simple ingredients, all for around $4. Not to mention, it is better for the environment.

Kitchen:

White vinegar will kill harmful bacteria (including E.coli and salmonella). Use full-strength on anything that needs to be disinfected – like cutting boards, kitchen counters, garbage pails, etc.

Replace the rinse agent in your dishwasher with white vinegar. It will leave your dishes spotless and costs less than 5 cents per month.

Run a carafe of half vinegar and half water through your coffee maker to clean and descale it.

Keep a spray bottle of diluted white vinegar for general clean-up of counters, appliances, and windows.

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the garbage disposal to clean and deodorize it. This same combination will also unclog your drain.

Bathroom:

Soak your shower head in baking soda and vinegar to remove mold and soap scum.

Mix 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 TBSP salt, and 3 TBSP of your favorite dish soap to clean the bathtub, shower, and remove toilet stains.

Floors:

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup corn starch together and shake on carpets before vacuuming for a quick refresh.

Use 1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 8-10 cups of hot water to mop hard floors.

Remove minor carpet stains with diluted white vinegar.

Laundry:

Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your laundry to eliminate heavy odors – like sweat. Vinegar also helps preserve the color in your clothing and cleans your washer at the same time.

Car Care:

Diluted white vinegar will clean most every surface inside your car, from dashboard to floorboard.

Clean hazy headlights by mixing 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 1 TBSP salt, and a squirt of dish soap. When the foam settles, rub the paste on your headlight and scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse and repeat 2-3 times, depending on the severity of the haze.

What tips do you have for cleaning with natural ingredients?

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