Make homemade cleaners with natural ingredients for an ultimate cleaning experience
It takes one visit to the pantry to find out how many cleaning ingredients are readily available in your house. While you may know about commonly-used homemade cleaners, such as baking soda and vinegar, many others are equally useful.
Thus, the next time there’s a mess in the house, there’s no need to rush to the store. Walk over to your kitchen and fix a DIY homemade cleaner for efficient cleanup. Along with being an accessible solution, homemade cleaners are also easy on your wallet.
Here are 15 best homemade cleaners for everyday stains and spills.
Don’t want to spend money on commercial all-purpose cleaners? Instead, make an all-purpose cleaner that you can use for any mild stain.
First off, mix all the ingredients in a bowl with vinegar and water in equal amounts. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and let it infuse for up to seven days.
After a week, use it to remove smudges on the walls or hard water stains from the kitchen counters. You can also use this solution for cleaning trash cans.
While the lemon rind enhances cleaning ability, the rosemary sprigs overcome the vinegary smell of the solution. Since this cleaner contains acetic acid – present in vinegar – do not use it on granite as the acidity can etch it.
If your furry friend has left muddy paw prints on the carpet, you can use this homemade cleaner to get rid of the stain and the smell.
Mix a teaspoon of the dishwashing detergent in some warm water. Pour this solution onto the stain and let it work for 10 minutes. Use a scrub brush or rag to scrub the area gently until the carpet is clean.
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Your kitchen is a hub of scents and stains, combining to form an unbearable environment. Make this kitchen cleaner using natural products to clean kitchen counters and the fridge.
Mix four tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water. You can use this solution to clean kitchen appliances, countertops, fridge, and other surfaces.
Along with cleaning the area, it will also remove foul odors. Moreover, to deodorize garbage disposal, sprinkle baking soda onto the surface.
Why settle for one all-purpose cleaner when you can make another one just as easily? Rather, use this scented solution to clean anything from light fixtures to soap residue in the bathroom sink.
In a spray bottle, add 12 ounces of water and half a cup of vinegar to make a clear solution. Then, add 15 drops of grapefruit, ten drops of lavender, and seven drops of lemon oil. Mix the solution thoroughly.
Spray the mixture onto any surface and let it sit for five to seven minutes. After that, wipe with a paper towel or cloth to remove the stain.
If you don’t have vinegar at home or can’t stand the smell, don’t worry. This homemade cleaner is devoid of vinegar yet works just as well as a vinegar-based cleaning solution.
Vinegar-based cleaning solutions are harsh. Thus, they leave dull spots on lighter surfaces, such as marble. Instead, you can use a softer cleaner on these surfaces.
Mix a quarter of vodka in three cups of distilled water. Don’t use tap water as it will cause streaking.
Then, add a quarter teaspoon of lavender essential oil and 1/8th of a teaspoon of tea tree oil to the vodka mixture. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it for cleaning surfaces prone to etching and streaking.
Is your bathroom mirror smudged? Use this DIY glass cleaning solution to make it spotless.
Remember not to use this solution on a warm day because it will dry instantly, leaving streaks on the windows and mirrors.
Use this two-ingredient natural solution to clean cabinet knobs and other non-lacquered surfaces around the house.
Dip a sponge in lemon juice or vinegar to dampen it. Then, sprinkle table salt on it. Rub the sponge over the brass surface and rinse afterward.
Dry the surface with a soft cloth gently, without damaging the brass finish.
Hold up; there’s no need to buy window cleaners when you can remove smudges from your windows using three simple ingredients.
Add one cup of rubbing alcohol to a cup of water. Then, whisk in three tablespoons of cornstarch and mix with a spoon. Transfer this mixture into a spray bottle.
For cleaning, spritz the solution onto the windows and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
If you’d rather mop the wood floor in your house than clean it, here’s a simple homemade cleaning solution for the job.
Add two to three tablespoons of dish soap in a gallon of water. Keep the solution in a bottle and use it for mopping the floors, when required. Since dish soap is a mild cleaner, this solution won’t damage the floor’s finish.
As strong as they are, baking soda and vinegar can’t work against every stain. Here’s one of the best homemade cleaning solutions for heavy-duty messes.
Use borax straight from the box or put some of it on a plate. Then, cut the lemon in half and dip it in the powder to scrub the stained area. After leaving it on for a few minutes, rinse the surface.
Do not use this cleaner for granite or marble countertops since it can cause etching.
Stainless steel often retains stains that can become tough if not removed immediately. Luckily, there’s a simple ingredient in your kitchen to tackle these stains.
Make a solution by adding a few drops of dish soap to a spray bottle filled with warm water. Spray the solution onto the stained surface and wipe using a microfiber cloth, working in the grain’s direction.
Grease is one of the kitchen evils that everyone detests. Why let it toughen up when you can deal it with using just one ingredient?
Sudsy ammonia has a detergent that breaks up grime. In a gallon of water, mix half a cup of sudsy ammonia.
Use this solution to clean everything from the oven racks to the grill. Take a sponge, dip it into the solution, and wipe the surface. Finally, rinse the area with clean water.
Tip: this cleaner is only for white clothes that have been badly stained but can be washed.
Firstly, mix a cup of detergent and regular bleach in a gallon of water. Second, put the clothes in a plastic or stainless steel bowl and soak them in this solution for 15 minutes. If the stain is not gone, soak for a bit longer and wash with clean water.
Use this stain removing solution for cleaning a greasy and smelly oven.
Make a thick paste using the ingredients mentioned above. Then, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to impart a deodorizing ability to the solution.
Apply this paste to the stained parts of the oven and let the cleaner do its magic overnight. In the morning, use a sponge dampened in warm water to scrub the oven.
Lastly, spray white vinegar on the oven – inside and outside – and wipe it with a fresh cloth.
For a stained toilet bowl, use this easy homemade baking soda cleaning solution to get quick results.
Fill a cup with baking soda and add 15 drops of tea tree and lemon essential oil in it. Apply the mixture to the toilet bowl and let it sit for half an hour.
Scrub the toilet bowl with a brush and flush.