Looking for cleaning products without chemicals? Try these 8 recipes to remove smudges, stains, grime and germs.
Take a peek at the back labels of your favorite cleaners. Do you see words like Phthalates, Triclosan, 2-Butoxyethanol or Perchloroethylene? If so, do you know what they are or if they’re harmful to your health?
If you’re concerned about how the cleaning products under your sink might be affecting you, then take a look in your fridge and pantry. With just a few kitchen ingredients — like lemons, cream of tartar and vinegar — you can easily create your own natural cleaners that can cut through dirt and grime just as well as store-bought products.
Try these eight easy recipes you can easily make from ingredients in your kitchen:
Try adding lemon juice to 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make a paste. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub away, then rinse. This combination acts as a natural bleaching agent, leaving no grime behind.
Squeaky Clean Shower Doors
Rub a few drops of lemon oil twice a month on your dirty shower doors. This wipes scum away, protects them from grime buildup, and leaves your bathroom with the refreshing scent of fresh lemon.
Smudge Free Windows
Mix together 2 ounces of water and 10 drops of lemongrass or lavender oil. The oils wipe away dirt to leave you with smudge free windows and may even help repel flies and insects as well.
Use this concoction as a one stop shop cleaner for your sinks, shower and tub, and ceramic tiles. Combine 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap and 1/3 cup baking soda to create a soft scrub. Use a brush for scrubbing and go to town!
Pets Taking Over Your Carpet?
Get pet and food stains out of your carpet easily. Combine 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water together in a spray bottle. Then over a sink, add the baking soda and quickly screw on the top, or else you could create a baking soda volcano! Vacuum your carpet first, spray the mixture and then gently blot with a towel. You should see results right away.
Daily Spritz of Disinfectant
For a strong natural cleaner without the harsh chemical residue, try this quick recipe. Mix together 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups of hot water. Wipe on with a damp cloth or use a non-aerosol spray bottle.
No Rings Around the Bowl
Fed up with cleaners that don’t get rid of toilet bowl rings? Use this scrub mixture of ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup distilled white vinegar and ½ tsp of tea tree oil. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and apply around the bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple minutes and then sprinkle some baking soda, scrub, and flush. Presto, crystal clean!
Wash Your Washing Machine
Washing machines may wash clothes, but they could also use a good monthly cleaning, too. In an empty washing machine, start it using the hot water option in the largest load setting. Add 4 cups of white vinegar and let the machine run for a few minutes so it can mix the vinegar with water. Then open the machine, add ½ cup of baking soda and let the machine run again for a few minutes to mix all ingredients. Stop the machine and let the water sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
Start the machine again and let it finish the cycle and let drain the water. Run one more cycle of just water to fully remove buildup. And, to get grime and old detergent off the top of the bin, use a toothbrush or sponge to scrub it off.