How to Make Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Basic household cleaning is a necessary task that should be done weekly to keep your home clean and welcoming. There is a variety of cleaning products on the market, from convenient all-purpose cleaners to specially designed cookware cleaners. While mostly effective, commercial cleaners can often be expensive and may contain harmful chemicals. Whether you want to keep the environment of your home toxic-free and natural or your cleaning supplies are ran out unexpectedly, it is possible to make cleaning solutions with common household products.
Surface Cleaners

  1. To make an all-purpose abrasive cleaner, combine together equal parts of vinegar and salt. Scrub any hard surface with the mixture using a sponge. Never use vinegar on marble, as this can permanently damage the marble.
  2. A solution of a quart of warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda is an ideal all-purpose cleaner for bathroom and kitchen surfaces because it eliminates unpleasant odors. It is safe to use baking soda on marble as it is not an acid.
  3. For a deodorizing and disinfectant cleaner, combine a gallon of hot water and a half cup of borax in a bucket. This solution is very suitable to mop the floor of your bathroom and scrub the tub with it.

Floor Cleaners

  1. Mix together cornmeal and borax in a proportion 2:1 (for example, 2 cups of cornmeal and 1 cup of borax) for a carpet deodorizer. Sprinkle the mixture over the carpet and leave it to sit for an hour after which it has to be vacuumed. If the carpet is heavily stained, consider using professional carpet cleaning services.
  2. Mix equal parts of vinegar and vegetable oil to make a natural wood cleaner. Rub the mixture on any dull spots using a clean cloth.
  3. For stone floors, you can use a solution of a gallon warm water and a cup of vinegar.
  4. Use undiluted club soda to mop linoleum or tile floors. The club soda will add shine to those surfaces.

Keep in mind that you can always use professional cleaning services when facing problems to get something cleaned. Just remember to do a bit of research to avoid hiring an incompetent cleaning company.


September 3, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning

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