environment and easy on the budget.
Making your own all-natural home cleaners isn’t as hard as you might think with a little guidance. It’s safer for the environment and for the health of you, your family, and your pets, too. Get ready to toss out those harsh smelling cleaners for a new DIY approach. Just make sure you label spray bottles or storage containers, so you don’t accidentally create a DIY chemistry lab too.
A Simple Deoderizer
Baking soda and warm water. That’s right, making this DIY cleaner is easier than making a sandwich. Just mix those two ingredients, and you’ve got a gentle cleanser that also prevents odors.
You can also use baking soda to freshen up drains; just pour some down the kitchen drain or a bath drain. No follow-up required. For a little science lesson, just remember that baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.
It doesn’t mask odors like commercial products. Instead, it absorbs bad smells. It’s cheap, safe and easy to buy.
The Best Smelling Cleaner
We’ve got another simple solution for general cleaning and wiping down surfaces using a homemade cleaner that will smell better than commercial products.
Mix up equal parts of water and white vinegar; then add rinds of citrus you have around, either lemon, orange, grapefruit, or lime.
Now you get to choose the herb you prefer to infuse into the mixture — try basil, rosemary, or mint. Customize this cleaner to your liking.
Let the herbs and citrus rind infuse for a while to make a stronger smelling cleaner. Now you have an eco-friendly DIY cleaner that’s easy on the environment and your budget.
The Power of Lemons
Who doesn’t love the fresh and clean scent of lemon? They also make a great mild cleaner that you can use for almost any cleaning task around the house, including on glass.
Just mix about four tablespoons of lemon juice with a gallon of water. That’s it: you now have an all-natural cleaner that’s safe.
Protip: You should clean glass during cooler times of the day. If there is lots of sun and it’s hot, the solution dries too fast and can leave streaks.
You can also use lemon juice to prevent lime stains on faucets. Put some lemon juice on the faucets overnight, and the lime stains will disappear overnight like natural magic.
White vinegar is often used for home cleaning, and it’ as cheap as a cleaning product can get. White vinegar works well for mild cleaning jobs. Coffee starting to taste a bit stale? Flush out your coffee maker with plain white vinegar. Replace water with vinegar for one or multiple brews. Then run water through it once or twice more, and your coffee will taste fresh.
Vinegar plus a natural dish soap makes an excellent cleaner for anything in the kitchen. You can even clear drains with vinegar, baking soda, and hot water. Just boil water and run it through the drain first. Then mix white vinegar, water and baking soda in equal measures. And just like that, you’re a DIY domestic goddess.