After the dust from moving furniture settles, it’s the perfect time for new homeowners to try these natural DIY cleaning hacks.
With many household cleaning products, clean doesn’t always mean safe because of the hazardous chemicals found in some cleaners. We’ve made a list of DIY cleaning tips and tricks to keep the freshness in while keeping the chemicals out. It is important to avoid using chemical based cleaners if you’re not entirely sure you can make them safe for your living environment.
From countertops to floors, all-purpose cleaners are easily one of the most used cleaning products in your cabinet. To make a natural all-purpose solution, fill an empty spray bottle halfway with white vinegar and the other half with water. The vinegar’s acidic nature breaks down hard water deposits and helps get rid of soap scum, dirt, and grease. This solution is easy to make, and safe to use for kitchen or bathroom cleaning.
White vinegar is also great to get rid of bad odors on smooth surfaces. It’s a natural deodorizer that actually absorbs the unwanted odors, instead of just covering them up like most other cleaners. The vinegar smell might be a bit strong at first, but it quickly disappears once the solution dries.
Vinegar solution is one of the easiest cleaning tricks you can use, and it’s also one of the most inexpensive. The average chemical cleaner costs about $3 for a 32-ounce bottle. You can get a whole gallon of vinegar for around the same price and, since the recipe calls for a vinegar and water mix, you save even more.
White vinegar is also a great alternative for chemical carpet cleaners. Again, fill half of a spray bottle with white vinegar and half with water. But this time, add a few teaspoons of essential oils, like lavender, to the mix to give your home a pleasant chemical-free smell. Since it’s safe to use on most fabrics, white vinegar solutions once again prove to be one of the best home cleaning hacks around. Before using this solution, make sure your carpet cleaner won’t be damaged by this mixture.
Window & Glass Cleaner
Other home hacks pale in comparison to this completely natural, streak-free window cleaner. In a spray bottle, mix 2.5 cups of water, a quarter-cup of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol, and a teaspoon or so of cornstarch. The isopropyl alcohol is optional, but it helps keep your windows streak-free. It’s important to always label your cleaning supplies because while isopropyl alcohol is natural, it’s dangerous to ingest.
Commercial furniture polish has a harsh odor and leaves your wood surfaces with a greasy film that might stain certain fabrics. Our natural furniture polish uses three simple ingredients that are safe and easy. In a spray bottle, mix a quarter-cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure to mix well and use a soft cloth so you don’t scratch sensitive wood surfaces when you apply it.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
For the world’s best toilet bowl cleaner, mix a quarter-cup of essential oils and 1 cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle and shake it up. Spray the inside of your toilet bowl with the solution and let it sit for a minute. Sprinkle baking soda around the rim of bowl and use a toilet wand to scrub the inside. You can spray more of the oil and vinegar solution and then flush! The essential oils and vinegar get rid of bacteria and germs, while the baking soda is great for removing grime and unsightly toilet rings.
These DIY cleaning tips are a fantastic way for new homeowners to keep their home clean yet free of dangerous chemicals. Most bathroom and kitchen cleaning solutions on the market are made with strong chemicals that can be harmful if not used properly. Aside from the glass cleaning solution, all the listed products are not harmful if they are accidentally ingested by young children or pets.
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