Do you hate dirt and are always found looking for a duster and a cleaning spray to get rid of it? Do you loathe clogged drains and are usually found searching for different chemicals to unclog? Well, we all can be found guilty of these things at some point or the other.
Cleanliness is a priority when it comes to looking after your home. We all strive to have a home that is spick and span. Such homes feel more welcoming and comfortable. However, the chemicals we all use for cleaning purposes have been termed as one of the vital contributors to indoor pollution. Home is a person’s haven. It is the ultimate place to unwind and relax. So, do not let the indoor pollutants, such as cleaning chemicals, snatch your happy place from you.
Numerous natural products such as lemon or vinegar can easily be used to replace the toxic household cleaning chemicals that endanger our home and its environment.
Get To Know the Primary Players
Following are the most useful natural substances and products that can do almost all the cleaning for you:
The acidic property of vinegar makes it the most suitable natural cleaner for almost all the purposes. It cuts the dirt, grease, and grime off from all surfaces. It can also cut through the wax build-up.
This kind of soap is made out of plants instead of animal products, making it one of the most suitable and environment-friendly products. The castile soap is beneficial, especially for cleaning kitchen appliances, such as stove, as it works magic on removing grease.
Naturally having an acidic property, lemons can clean and keep germs at bay. If you’re very particular about the smell of cleaners and want to have a fresh-smelling home, lemons are the way to go.
- Baking soda
Used in almost every other DIY recipe for making household cleaners, baking soda is a must-have in your pantry. It comes very handy in unclogging drains and is particularly effective in killing germs and bacteria.
Though not used as widely as the other key natural cleaners in making household cleaners, cornstarch can easily replace your chemical-laden glass cleaners.
- Olive oil
Olive oil is one of the best oils for cooking, and to your surprise, it can work great as a cleaner and polisher as well.
You might also need some basic cleaning supplies, such as:
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: Though most of these ingredients can be used in combination with each other, you should never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or any product that contains bleach. Combining them will create hazardous fumes.
All these natural home cleaners can be used for various purposes in your household. Let’s see how you can use them in place of harmful chemicals that are taking up space in your pantry and polluting your environment.
DIY Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
To make a scented all-purpose cleaner, you will need the following ingredients:
Once you have these ingredients lined up, you should go ahead and mix them, pour the solution in a spray bottle, shake well, and then let it infuse for a week before you start using it. Once infused, you can use the solution to remove hard water stains, wipe away wall smudges, clean trash cans, and much more.
DIY Glass Cleaner
To make a natural DIY class cleaner at home, you will need the following ingredients:
- Water (2 cups)
- White or cider vinegar (1/2 cup)
- Rubber alcohol 70% concentration (1/4 cup)
- Orange essential oil (1 to 2 drips for scent. It is optional)
Once you have all these ingredients on hand, combine them and pour the solution in a spray bottle. Next time when you want to clean your windows and mirrors, use this natural DIY solution. Plus, remember not to use this solution on the windows when it is hot outside, because it will dry quickly, leaving a lot of streaks.
DIY Heavy-duty Scrub
To make DIY heavy-duty scrub at home, you need the following ingredients:
- Lemon (1/2 cup)
- Borax powder (1/2 cup)
If you want to clean rust stains on enamel or porcelain sinks and tubs, then these two ingredients can do the job. All you need to do is dip the lemon into borax powder and scrub the surface of your sink or tub with it, and then rinse. However, it is not recommended to use borax and lemon on marble or graphite.
Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer
To make a DIY kitchen cleaner and deodorizer, these are the ingredients that you require:
- Baking soda (4 tbsp.)
- Warm water (1 quart)
If you want to clean your kitchen counters, different appliances, and the inside of your refrigerator, baking soda is a great thing to use as it makes a great deodorizer and can shine stainless steel sinks and appliances like a charm. All you have do is pour the solution of water and baking soda on a clean sponge and wipe.
DIY Brass Cleaner
Cleaning things made of brass in your home can be challenging, but we have a DIY to help you out. For this, you will need the following ingredients:
- White vinegar or lemon juice
- Table salt
To make natural DIY brass cleaner, dampen a sponge with lemon juice or vinegar (whatever is readily available), then sprinkle on some salt. Use the sponge to clean non-lacquered cabinet pulls, and anything made of brass. The next thing you should do is rinse the itemthoroughly with water, then dry it with a clean, soft cloth immediately.
DIY Grease Cleaner
You can use any chemical cleaner to remove grease, but there is no point of going green if you are still using environment-unfriendly things. To make a natural DIY grease cleaner, you can use many ingredients, but the most efficient are baking soda and vinegar.
- By using vinegar:
Pour concentrated vinegar into an empty spray bottle and spray it to the greased surface. Let the vinegar sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe the surface using a non-abrasive scrubber or dishcloth.If you don’t like the smell of undiluted vinegar, you can also add essential oils, such as lemon essential oil to your taste.
Remember not to use vinegar on unsealed stone countertops or any porous surface.
- By using baking soda:
Grab a damp sponge or non-abrasive scrubber, sprinkle some baking soda on it and wipe down all greased surfaces. Then to remove any baking soda powder residue, use a clean, damp soft cloth.
Remember that baking soda is abrasive, which means you shouldn’t scrub the surface too hard or otherwise, you will end up damaging the finish of your countertop or pots and pans.
DIY Marble Cleaner
You will need the following ingredients:
- Mild dishwashing liquid (2 drops)
- Warm water (2 cups)
The next time you want to clean your natural stone countertops, use a natural DIY marble cleaner to do the job. Mix mild dishwashing liquid and water, pour it on a sponge and use it over marble. Rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue. You shouldn’t let the marble air-dry as it may leave smudges – buff it with a soft cloth for a radiant finish.
You should never use lemon, vinegar, or any other acidic cleaner on your marble or graphite countertops because it will eat into the stone.
DIY Water Ring Remover
To clean the places where you have accidentally left a water ring, a DIY water ring remover is a great option. To make it at home, you will need the following ingredients:
- White non-gel toothpaste (one part)
- Baking soda powder (one part)
Dampen a cloth with water, add toothpaste and baking soda powder mixture on it and rub with grain to buff over the area. Then grab a soft, dry cloth and wipe it off. Next, use another soft cloth for a final shine.
DIY Clothing Stain Remover
Drinking coffee or tea and suddenly dropping a few drops on clothes- sounds familiar? Well, the next time it happens to you, don’t worry because you will have a quick solution for it. Following are the ingredients you need:
- Hot water (1 gallon)
- Powdered dishwasher detergent (1 cup)
- Regular liquid chlorine bleach (1 cup, not ultra or concentrate)
Mix all the above ingredients into a stainless steel, enamel, or plastic bowl. Grab your stained garment and soak it for 20 to 25 minutes into the solution. If the stain is still not gone, let it soak a bit longer. Next, when the stain is vanished or nearly gone, wash the garment as usual.
Going green means boycotting everything harmful to our environment. You should begin from your home – start using these natural DIY alternatives to cleaning chemicals. You will not just learn new ways to make natural DIY cleaners at home but will also be contributing to the wellness of the environment.