Homemade Cleaning Options for Your Home

Lifestyle | Mar 27, 2020

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We’re all making adjustments to our everyday lives while we are staying at home. This could mean limited trips to the grocery store where there may be a shortage of cleaning products. You may not realize it, but you could have items in your household that clean just as effectively as all-purpose cleaners, not to mention they can help make your home chemical free. Here are some ideas for making your own cleaning solutions.

All-purpose cleaner
Combine one part vinegar, one part water, lemon rinds, and rosemary sprigs. Let the solution sit for about a week, and then use it for everything from day-to-day smudges to hard water stains.

Glass cleaner
This concoction marries water, vinegar, alcohol, and essential orange oil to make a nice-smelling, streak-free glass cleaner for bathroom mirrors and every window in your apartment. No ammonia included. Check out Good Housekeeping for this and other at-home cleaner recipes.

Granite cleaner
Mix rubbing alcohol, water, castile soap, and essential oils, and you’ve got a granite cleaning solution you can feel much better about. In fact, castile soap is a common ingredient in homemade cleaning solutions—it’s made with organic oils and no synthetic ingredients. You can even use it to wash your skin and hair. Find the recipe for this bathroom and kitchen granite solution at Root and Revel.

Pet stain cleaner and deodorizer
When it comes to lingering pet odors, a homemade cleaner with essential oils can really help. The recipe you’ll find here uses hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, and orange essential oil to do the trick. And you can follow up with a mixture of baking soda and lemon oils to be sure you get the smell out.

And while we are at it, here is a list of home ingredient products you should NEVER mix.

Here’s to a happy, chemical-free home!

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