5 Frugal and Safe Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home

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You would be surprised how easy it is to make your own homemade cleaner solutions without the use of harmful chemicals.  There is a common thread that underpins most of these cleaners and they can be used for purposes other than what is described below.  The best news is that you probably don’t have to go out and buy anything new for these safe homemade cleaning products.

Pots and Pans

Sometimes you can degrease a pan just by rubbing some salt on it.  You don’t even need to add water.  It takes some elbow grease, but it’s usually effective.  If you’re looking to create a compound of safe homemade cleaning products to help scrub off burned on foods easily, then you need only turn to another kitchen favorite, baking soda.  With baking soda, water, and some Castile soap, you can create a paste that will help you clean your pots and pans with relative ease.  Use essential oil to give it a nice scent, too.  Baking soda and water alone work fine if you add heat and let the pot simmer for a while.  However to make the compound here is what you need to mix the following ingredients into a paste:

8 oz of Baking Soda

1 oz Castile Soap

1 oz Water

Toilets

You can also use baking soda to clean a toilet bowl.  Baking soda is the star of many safe homemade cleaning products.  You should not mix vinegar and baking soda in advance as the reaction results in canceling out the cleaning properties of the base and the acid.  However, if you spray vinegar after first pouring about half a cup of baking soda into the bowl, you will get that fizzy reaction while you scrub.  Vinegar alone will do the trick when you spray and while the rest of the toilet, but adding a good ten drops of lemon or orange essential oil (to a cup of vinegar) will help with the scent.

Countertops and Cutting Boards

This is so simple, it hurts.  Just mix together equal parts water and rubbing alcohol for a disinfectant spray.  This acts as a multi-surface cleaner that is effective on all types of countertops and cutting boards.  You can use the same components to clean a mirror by adding three more parts water to the mixture.

Floors

To Clean hardwood floors and protect the finish Use this DIY home cleaner for mopping.  You can use this mixture to dunk your mop into or pour the solution into spray bottles for spot treatments.  The apple cider vinegar is especially good for preserving a wood finish.  If you don’t have hardwood floors You can substitute the apple cider vinegar for the more abrasive white vinegar if you prefer.   As with other home cleaners, you can add essential oils to your liking.  About 2 drops for every cup of the solution will do the trick.

2 Gallons of Warm Water

2 Quarts of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Quart Rubbing Alcohol

2/3 Cups Dish Soap

Carpets

You can make a simple detergent for cleaning your carpets by simply using dish soap and warm water.  This is not only better than creating the smell of vinegar, but it is also much more effective as vinegar does little for your carpet beyond act as a disinfectant.  A simple teaspoon of mild liquid dish soap and a quart of water are all you need.  spray the area you want to clean and let it sit for five minutes.  Then dab with cold water and dry with a paper towel.

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