Cleaning is not the easiest task to complete; it’s both time and energy-consuming and tends to be boring at times. It gets even worse when the products you have to use aren’t of great assistance and forces you to work twice as hard.
Using less complex products can help to get the job done much faster, and with way less energy. Here are ten simple D-I-Y products you can use to clean your home better:
Used for: Kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator.
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
• 1-quart warm water
Directions: Mix the solution. Use a clean sponge along with the solution to wipe the items.
Used for: Everything except wood.
• 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemons
• 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap
• 1 tablespoon baking soda
• 1 clean 24-ounce spray bottle.
• 2 cups of Water
Directions: Pour all the ingredients in the bottle. Shake the solution well before use. Spray on an item that needs to be de-greased and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before you wipe it with a clean microfiber cloth.
Used for: Hard-floors
• 2 cups castile soap
• 1/2 cup white vinegar or lemon juice
• 2-gallons of warm water
Directions: Mix solution in a plastic bucket. Use a clean mop or sponge along with the solution to wipe the floors.
Used for: Tile grouts
• 1 cup water
• 1/3 cup baking soda
Directions: Mix solution until it turns into a paste. Apply paste to tile grouts and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Use an old toothbrush that you no longer use, to scrub the grouts of the tile, then use a clean sponge to remove the paste.
Used for: Carpets and rugs
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1 cup borax
• 1 cup cornmeal
• 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
• 1/3 cup water
Directions: To clean and disinfect your carpet, blend 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup cornmeal. Sprinkle the mixture over the rug and use a washing brush to scrub the mixture into the rug. Use a vacuum to get rid of the mixture once you’ve finished scrubbing it.
To remove stains from your carpet, mix 1/4 cup liquid castile soap and 1/3 cup water until the mixture becomes foamy. Spread the mixture over the stain and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Scrub the stain with a washing brush until it is no longer visible, then use a clean cloth to remove the mixture or just wash the carpet.
Used for: Wood furniture only
• Olive oil
Directions: Sprinkle olive oil on the furniture, as well as damp a clean microfiber cloth with the oil. Use the cloth to wipe the furniture.
Tip: Test on a small area to ensure there will be no damage to the surface of the furniture.
Used for: Windows and Mirrors
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)
Directions: Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Use the paper towel/cloth to wipe away the solution from the glass.
Used for: Bathroom sinks, tub/bath
• 1 and 2/3 cups baking soda
• 1/2 cup liquid soap
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoons white vinegar
• 1 clean 16-ounce spray bottle with closing cap
Directions: Mix baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Dilute with water and add the vinegar. Stir the mixture until all lumps dissolve. Pour the liquid into the bottle. Shake well before using. Put solution on areas to be cleaned and use a nylon-backed sponge to scrub. Rinse off the solution with water after you have finished scrubbing.
Used for: Toilets
• 1//2 cup baking soda
• 1 cup vinegar
Directions: Mix solution in a small plastic basin. Throw solution all around the toilet bowl and seat. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Use a toilet brush to clean inside the bowl and a sponge to clean the seat. Use a cloth damped with warm water to wipe away the solution.
Used for: Stained washable/bleachable garments
• 1-gallon hot water
• 1 cup powdered detergent
• 1 cup regular liquid chlorine bleach (not ultra or concentrate)
Directions: Mix solution in a plastic basin. Allow clothes to sit and soak for half hour to an hour in solution, depending on how badly stained the garment is. After the stain comes out, wash the clothing like normal.