Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions

If you want to keep your home looking at its best, weekly house cleaning is required. For effective cleaning, you will need proper cleaning products. Although, you can find all cleaners you need (from convenient all-purpose cleaners to specially designed glassware cleaners) at most supermarket or grocery stores, commercial cleaners – while effective – can be expensive and many contain harsh chemicals. Whether from safety reasons or you just ran out of cleaning supplies, you can make your own cleaning solutions with basic household items to maintain your home clean and appealing.
Surface Cleaners

  1. Combine together 1 part salt and 1 part white vinegar to make your own all-purpose abrasive cleaner. Apply the solution to a slightly wet sponge and scrub any hard surface. Avoid using the solution on marble, however, as vinegar can cause irreparable damage, according to cleaners Balham.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water and stir until the baking soda dissolves. Use this all-purpose cleaner to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Unlike the vinegar solution, this one is safe to use on marble because baking soda is not an acid.
  3. Make your own disinfectant and deodorizing cleaner by mixing ½ cup of borax and 1 gallon of hot water. Use this solution to mop tile floors and scrub bathroom surfaces.

Floor Cleaners

  1. If your carpet has unpleasant odour, sprinkle a mixture of 1 part borax and 2 parts of cornmeal all over the carpet and wait for 1 hour before vacuuminng the powder up.
  2. For wood floors, cleaners Balham suggest using a solution of equal parts of vegetable oil and vinegar. Rub the solution in any dull spots on the wood using a clean cloth.
  3. To clean brick or stone floors, mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water.
  4. Wipe linoleum or tile floors with clean cloth and club soda to give them a shine.

Drain Cleaners

  1. Pour a mixture of ½ cup each of salt and baking soda down the drain, then pour 6 cups of boiling water in slow, steady stream and let the mixture work overnight. Flush the drain with water to rinse the solution away.
  2. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar should cause fizzing. Wait for about 15 minutes, then wash away the  debris with boiling water. Do not apply this method if a commercial cleaner has recently been used to clean your drains.
  3. According to cleaners in Balham, using one of these solution once a week will help you to prevent future clogs.

April 17, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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