Eco-Friendly And Safe: Effective Recipes For Home-Made Cleaning Products
Only a few decades ago, women got enthusiastic when they saw new cleaning detergents appear on supermarket shelves. However, many modern women give preference to products that consist of natural ingredients. This is especially true for families where there are children or people who are allergic to chemicals.
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Of course, the benefits of eco-friendly household chemicals are evident. Nevertheless, the price of natural detergents is much higher than their synthetic analogs. But don't get frustrated since you can make your own hand-made cleaning detergent without having to spend a lot of money on the ingredients. We suggest that you scroll down and read about the benefits of some products you will most probably find in your own kitchen.
Is there a house where you cannot find baking soda? Most probably, not. Experienced housewives use it to make a dough. Besides, most mothers know that this miraculous powder has a soothing effect on sore throats, and soda compresses relieve tissue irritation in case of the bites of various insects and have antiseptic properties.
Baking soda is an equally effective cleaning agent. With the help of baking soda, you can get rid of the following problems.
- Baking soda will help you quickly clean the working surfaces of your kitchen (in particular, the surfaces that somehow contact food) and surfaces of household appliances.
- You can eliminate the unpleasant odor in the refrigerator or the smell of dampness in a wardrobe.
- You can remove grease stains from pots and pans even if you haven't cleaned them for years.
- You can use baking soda to wash the harmful wax coating from the surface of vegetables and fruits purchased in supermarkets.
- Baking soda can be used to disinfect dishwashing sponges and other kitchen textiles.
- You can use baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor of upholstered furniture (for this purpose, it is enough to distribute the water solution of baking soda over the surface of sofas or armchairs, let it dry, and thoroughly vacuum). By the way, this method works for pillows of pets and can quickly deodorize shoes.
- Baking soda will help you clean pencil drawings from washable wallpaper.
- It can banish mold from rooms with high humidity.
- Finally, baking soda helps to wash ceramic, acrylic and steel sanitary ware.
In most cases, it is enough to make a water solution of baking soda and process the affected areas and surfaces.
Simple recipes for all cleaning emergencies
Of course, you can't be so naive as to think that baking soda will cope with any situation even though it can serve as a most effective cleaner for a huge number of cases. To solve some common problems, you can always find a simple and equally effective cleaner you can make at home! You will have your own home-made cleaner and, most importantly, you will save both money and time!
1. Your universal helper in the kitchen and bathroom
This composition will help you clean anything - from plastic and faience to ceramics and chrome-plated metal. Therefore, it can be used for washing dishes, disinfecting work surfaces and kitchen sinks, baking trays, wash basins and toilets, taps, mixers, and shower heads.
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To prepare this magic cleaner, you will need a small container, where you can mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide prior to the pasty state. You can apply the resulting mixture to the affected surface (for example, with the help of a sponge, brush, or even an old toothbrush), rub it, let it dry, and rinse thoroughly with water.
2. Getting rid of dust
Even if you constantly keep your house in order, a thin layer of dust is a good signal that your house needs cleaning-up. Sometimes, dust seems to appear from the middle of nowhere, but we can still take measure to limit the accumulation of dust on the surface of the furniture.
You need to mix the following ingredients (you can do it in a pulverizer):
- 3.38 oz (100 ml) of water;
- 0.84 oz (25 ml) of white vinegar;
- 2 tsp. of olive oil;
- 10-15 drops of essential oil with a pleasant aroma.
It is recommended to spray the resulting composition on a soft cloth and use it to wipe the surfaces that need cleaning. Olive oil has a beneficial effect on wooden furniture, the vinegar solution effectively removes contaminations, and fragrant droplets refresh the air.
3. Removing mold
Most often, mold affects the tops, walls, and joining points of plumbing devices that are saved in rooms with high humidity, for example, in the bathroom. Below we offer two home remedies to help you eliminate this problem.
- Stir 2 tsp. of tea tree oil in 2 cups with warm water. Afterwards, use an atomizer to spray the resulting mixture (you'd better do it in the evening since you will not have to wash it off).
- You can sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas and add some vinegar. When the foam settles, you should wash the entire surface with a soap solution. To prepare the latter, you can use an ordinary dishwashing detergent.
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4. Removing rust stains
Sometimes, the composition of water or the condition of engineering highways leads to the emergence of ugly rust stains on plumbing appliances. It doesn't matter how hard you rub the stains, you will not remove them with soap solutions.
The easiest way to get rid of rust stains is to use natural acids.
- Sprinkle a slice of a potato with coarse salt and rub the affected surface. Oxalic acid contained in potatoes will contribute to the elimination of rust.
- A similar effect can be achieved with tomato sauce (for example, expired ketchup) or slices of lemon.
- A thick paste made of 2 oz of white vinegar (60 ml), salt (1/2 tsp), and plain flour removes rust from metal surfaces (for example, brass).
5. Fighting lime coating
First of all, you need to soften the dense lime deposit. Very hot water or 6% table vinegar can excellently cope with this task (this method is suitable for soaking removable elements, for example, mixers, watering cans, etc.).
You can use the following method to clean static surfaces with high density.
- Spray the product on a ceramic tile and rinse thoroughly with warm water in 5-10 minutes.
- To clean a sink or bathtub, you need to warm up vinegar, gently treat the items that need cleaning, leave it overnight, and wash it in the morning.
To remove plaque from plastic or acrylic surfaces, you'd better use weak solutions of citric or acetic acid in water.
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6. Cleaning tile seams
The simplest and safest way to remove contaminations from the area of tile seams is hot steam. Because not everybody has portable machines for generating steam and, besides, it is associated with the risk of getting burns, you can use fine-grained abrasive paper, which will also cope with minor fungal lesions. White seams can be refreshed with a paste of edible salt and bleach in a 1:1 ratio.
7. Washing glasses
The following home-made cleaner will help you quickly cope with any contamination on the mirror and glass surfaces. To prepare this cleaning remedy, you will need:
- 6.76 oz (200 ml) of water;
- 1.7 oz (50 ml) of white or apple cider vinegar;
- 0.84 oz (25 ml) of medical alcohol;
- 1-2 drops of essential oil to your liking.
You can pour all the ingredients into an atomizer, thoroughly mix them, pray the mixture on a soft cloth napkin, and wipe your mirrors or glass surfaces. It is not recommended to use this cleaner on an extremely hot day since the cleaner will quickly dry out, and there will still be stains on the surface.
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8. Universal flavored mixture for cleaning
You can use this mixture for complex cleaning and disinfection, as well as deodorization of bed linen and carpets.
To prepare this effective cleaner, you will need:
- 3.38 oz (100 ml) of water;
- 3.38 oz (100 ml) of white vinegar;
- skin of one lemon;
- a few rosemary leaves.
Mix all the ingredients and keep the resulting mixture in a dark place for a week. Afterwards, filter the mixture and pour it into a household atomizer.
Despite the fact the all of the above-described recipes are based on natural and safe components, we still recommend using protective gloves during any cleaning procedure and making sure cleaners don't get on the mucous membranes. In addition, it is important to minimize any direct contact of these products with the skin. Since all of the cleaners we offered today are effective and easy-to-make, we hope you will follow our simple tips for keeping your house clean.
This material is provided for informational purposes only. Some of the products and items discussed in this article may cause an allergic reaction and damage your health. Before use, consult a certified technician/specialist. The editorial board is not responsible for any harm or other consequences that may be caused by the use of the methods, products or items described in this article.