Whenever someone makes a mess, the first thing we do is bring cleaning products such as bleach. Although they have proven to get the job done, cleaning products are becoming more expensive. Not to mention, certain cleaning products are bad for your health.
Luckily, there are ways you can substitute artificial cleaners with homemade ones. Not only are homemade cleaners healthier, they also have little to no cost. Here are five cleaning products you can easily make at home.
An All-Purpose Cleaner
All-purpose cleaners are mainly for scrubbing things like stains, grime and dirt from a surface. Some all-purpose cleaners usually have to be diluted due to the abundance of chemicals, but this isn’t the case with one that’s homemade.
To make your own all-purpose cleaner, all you’ll need is a sprig of rosemary, a cup of water, a cup of white vinegar and a lemon rind. Put all these into a spray bottle, shake well and let it sit for at least a week.
Homemade Glass Cleaner
If there’s one thing that can be tough to clean, it’s definitely glass. Glass is notorious for being vulnerable to random marks and streaks. Your mirror may have those pesky water stains while your window has a few random hand prints. And no matter how hard you scrub, they always reappear.
Glass cleaner isn’t as cheap as it used to be and the chemicals within some of them can cause more harm than good. A homemade glass cleaner, on the other hand, is both safe and efficient. To create it, you’re going to need at least two cups of water, a 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup of 70 percent rubbing alcohol. If you want to add a nice fragrance, you can add your favorite essential oil.
Another thing that can be irritating to clean is brass. To make matters worse, artificial cleaners can cause damage to the brass’ surface. A homemade brass cleaner is both gentle and highly efficient at removing stains. Take a cloth or sponge, wet it with either lemon juice and vinegar and add a teaspoon of salt. Wipe the surface gently and then dry it as soon as you’re done.
We all have at least one piece of marble we cherish. But regardless if it’s your kitchen’s countertop or living room table, you will have to keep it clean. Mix together two cups of dishwasher soap and lukewarm water. Go over the entire surface and rinse it. Afterwards, dry it with a cloth. Whatever you do, do not let the marble air-dry.
Grease can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare if left to situate. In addition, grease is not always easy to clean as it can dry up and harden pretty quickly. But it can dissolve quickly with the right cleaner. This is perhaps the easiest homemade cleaner to make. All you need is to have a 1/2 cup of ammonia and a gallon of regular water. Aside from keeping your oven and stove racks clean, it also keeps it safe from surface damage.
In all fairness, store-bought cleaners can also be effective. However, with the prices on the rise and the need to reduce waste, it’s best to make homemade cleaners.