7 Healthy Cleaning Solutions That Will Save You Money
If you are in search of organic, environmentally friendly cleaning products to use in lieu of commercial household solutions (which can be packed with environmental toxins and harsh chemicals), you may already have them in your cabinet. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite household essentials. Whether used on their own or combined, these all-natural items will keep your abode so fresh and so clean. Keep scrolling to see our picks!
Baking soda softens water, cleans, and deodorizes. It’s great for getting out stubborn stains or odors. To clean produce, simply put some baking soda on a damp sponge, scrub, and rinse. To make your own bathtub scrub, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent and a few tablespoons of vinegar. You can also use it as a toilet bowl cleaner. Simply sprinkle about 1/4 cup in the bowl, swirl, and then scrub. Running the dishwasher or coffeemaker on empty with a little baking soda will also keep your kitchen appliance crisp.
Sodium borate is a naturally occurring mineral that may be used to clean everything from wallpaper to painted floors, or to make your own laundry detergent. The powder deodorizes and disinfects; just be sure to wear a mask when handling. Inhaling it can be hazardous.
Use 1/2 cup of Borax per gallon of water in a carpet steamer to clean carpets and rugs. For pet owners, sprinkling Borax on dog beds, carpets, and flea-prone areas will act as a poison for bugs. A combination of equal parts Borax and sugar keeps away roaches and ants. To get rid of any sticky or gummy adhesive residue, mix Borax and water in a two-to-one ratio. You can also make a simple scrubbing solution with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and Borax to remove rust. For outdoor furniture, mix 1 teaspoon Borax with 1 teaspoon dish detergent in a quart of warm water. Put it in a spray bottle, and spritz your patio furnishings—it will clean and eliminate odor.
Cornstarch can double as rug shampoo or be used to polish furniture. To lift a stain from the carpet, pour a little over the area, let sit for 20 minutes, and then vacuum. A little cornstarch, white vinegar, lemon, and water will have your windows shining bright. You’ll need 1/4 cup of vinegar, 2 cups of hot water, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix well and place in a spray bottle. Spray glass, and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in many commercial household cleaners. The disinfectant works great for cleaning cutting boards or keeping your sink brushes and sponges germ-free. Place your cleaning supplies in a shallow dish and soak for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. To whiten stubborn tub grout, spray your dry tub liberally with hydrogen peroxide and wait for it to bubble. Scrub with a toothbrush and repeat until the mildew has lifted.
This all-purpose oil is antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious, and as a bonus, it even kills mold. A few drops of the essential oil on the soles of your feet can even help cure the flu. Meanwhile, the cleaning solution disinfects just about everything and smells lovely. The dilution ratio of the cleaning solution will depend on your usage and is marked clearly on each bottle. It’s potent stuff. To clean carpets, the appropriate ration is 100:1. Heavy degreasing is 15:1. It also acts as a hand sanitizer at a ratio of 1:1.
The potent acidity in lemon is enough to annihilate most household bacteria. Dropping one down your garbage disposal will eliminate odor and germs. To clean your wooden chopping block, sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt. Cut a lemon in half and rub the salt into the board while squeezing. Let it sit for five minutes, and then give the surface a light final rinse.
White vinegar is the unsung hero of kitchen cleaning. It does just about everything—cuts grease, zaps mildew, removes odors and stains, and disinfects. To wash floors, add 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water. Mixing equal parts vinegar and warm water creates a cleaning solution that guarantees streak-free windows. A mixture of equal parts vinegar and olive oil will remove rings and watermarks on wood furniture. Run the solution on the grain, and polish. To deodorize the kitchen drain, pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain, and let stand for 30 minutes. Once a week should do the trick.
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