HOME MADE CLEANING LIQUIDS FOR YOUR PRISTINE PLEASURE: The Magic Mix
What is that saying? “I can give you the recipe but the sauce won’t taste the same”. Don’t worry, that will not happen here because in our last post, we shared with you the essential ingredients we will be using to make natural cleaning supplies that will keep your home morning fresh. Now that you have the ingredients, let’s make some magic.
- Fabric Stain Remover
- Carpet: Mix 1 tablespoon of dish-washing liquid and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Put it in a spray finish filling it up with hot water.
- You can also mix 2-part hydrogen peroxide and 1-part dish-washing liquid. This is sure to remove any kind of household stain.
- Surface Cleaner
- Pots and Pans: Mix 50% dish-washing liquid and 50% white vinegar for a degreaser. It also works as a soap scum remover for tiles that are driving you bananas. Spray some of this on the tile, and watch all that soap and grease melt away.
- Fridge: Mix 1 cup of hot water, ½ cup of white vinegar, ½ a teaspoon of dish-washing soap and an essential oil of your choosing. Give it a little shake and get to cleaning. Feel free to take out the shelves for deep cleaning.
- Glass: Mix 50% water 50% dish-washing soap and 25% vinegar in a spray bottle. Wipe down using a micro fibre cloth to leave a nice dirt and streak free shine and enjoy a better view through your windows.
- Floor: Mix a gallon of water and ½ a cup of vinegar to get your floors spic and span. Note that vinegar and other acidic cleaners should not be used on stone floors.
- Disinfectant: Mix 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% water in your bathroom or surfaces like cutting boards or just use the alcohol itself on frequently touched surfaces and electronics to disinfect.
- All- Purpose Cleaner
- Mix 2 tablespoons of dish-washing liquid, lemon peel and a bottle of water for cleaning counter tops and just your regular casual cleaning around the house. Besides a fresh scent, the lemon peel may help boost cleaning power.
- Surface Polisher
- Stainless steel: Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda and a bottle of warm water to clean kitchen counters, appliances, and the inside fridge using a damp cloth to rub gently in the direction of the metal’s grain. Rinse and buff dry.
- Brass: Mix White vinegar or lemon juice with table salt to clean by dampening a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.
- The previously mentioned solution also makes a great deodorizer. Pour the baking soda straight from the box and into your drain or garbage disposal to remove odours.
- Air Fresheners
- Spray Air freshener: Mix 3 cups water, 1 cup of alcohol and 10-20 drops of essential oil. Skip the store-bought sprays, which can be irritating to people who are sensitive to smells or chemicals and mist this into the air as needed.
Note: Vodka is a favourite for homemade cleaners. It contains ethyl alcohol, a main ingredient in many store-bought air fresheners. Any kind of vodka will work, so there’s no need to spring for a top-shelf bottle.
- Fabric Fresheners
- Mix ¼ cup of baking soda, 10 drops of essential oil and 1 ½ cups of water. Shake gently and banish stenches from upholstery with this natural cleaning product. The baking soda absorbs unpleasant odours while essential oils refresh the air.
Note: Use clean containers for storing homemade cleaning products. Never use bottles that once held chemicals and ensure you use the right solution for the stain.