DIY Cleaning Solutions

Clean living really does start with what you use to clean your home!  The best way to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals in cleaning products is to make your own.  With only a few natural ingredients needed, you will be able to save on cost while protecting your family and pets from toxic substances. Here are some simple DIY recipes to support your clean living efforts.

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.

  1. Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
  2. Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home.
  3. Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
  4. Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
  5. Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.
  6. Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on stove.
  7. Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in room.

Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 – 30 minutes before vacuuming.

For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

For varnished wood, add a few drops of lemon oil into a 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well and spray on a soft cotton cloth. Cloth should only be slightly damp. Wipe furniture with the cloth, and finish by wiping once more using a dry soft cotton cloth. Or use CitraWood, a natural wood polish.

For unvarnished wood, mix two tsps each of olive oil and lemon juice and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Wring the cloth to spread the mixture further into the material and apply to the furniture using wide strokes. This helps distribute the oil evenly.

Mix 1 cup Ivory soap, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads.

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.

Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter (qt) warm water.

Mix 2 parts Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, 1 part warm water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil

Mix 1 1/2 cups citric acid, 1 1/2 cups washing soda, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup sea salt. Use 1 Tbs. per load

Clean Living: DIY Cleaning Solutions


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