Homemade Cleaners and How to Use Them

Homemade Cleaners

You can clean almost any area of your home with just a handful of products you most certainly already have in your home. The benefits are obvious. You’ll be spending a lot less on products and you’re not introducing a myriad of chemicals into your environment. If you don’t already know about these concoctions you soon be singing their praises and keeping your home stocked with these three simple ingredients.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be your best friend in the kitchen and perhaps a smelly teen’s closet. Baking soda is an amazing deodorizer! You can place an open box in your refrigerator to capture all those funky smells that reek (yes, pun intended) havoc in even the most meticulously maintained refrigerators. Baking soda also has several other applications when used in conjunction with other products.

Vinegar

You can make an amazing all-purpose cleaner with equal parts vinegar and water in spray bottle. You can use this solution on windows, countertops, and floors. Make sure to mix equal amounts of water and vinegar to ensure that the vinegar’s acidity isn’t too potent when it comes to more sensitive areas like grout (never use vinegar on marble). You can easily clean gunky burner grates by putting them into a bag with vinegar for a couple of hours. When you remove them you can easily clean them with soap and warm water. You can also use a half cup of water and vinegar to make it a lot easier to clean the microwave. Put the two ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and bring them to a boil in the microwave. The steam will help loosen baked on food and it will help get rid of odors. Wipe the microwave clean immediately after removing the water/vinegar mixture. Vinegar works quite well on pet stains too. After cleaning up the mess, blot the soiled area with vinegar. This serves to disinfect, deodorize, and discourage pets to return to that spot.

Lemons

Aside from smelling completely amazing lemons can clean countless areas of your home. You can mix lemon juice with baking soda and vinegar to make a cleaning paste. You can use this paste on stubborn counter stains, on all-clad pots and pans, on ceramic cookware, and linoleum stains. Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water stains. Lemons are great for cleaning garbage disposals. Simply quarter a lemon and drop them down the drain and run the disposal. The lemon helps to clean the disposal and also leaves your kitchen smelling amazing! You can also rub a lemon half on vegetable stains on cutting boards.

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6 Comments

  • A. Mac says:

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  • Rebecca says:

    I love green cleaning solutions! Thank you for the post!
    Rebecca

    • THG_Moderator says:

      Thanks, Rebecca! There’s so many ways to use simple ingredients like this that we just might have to write another article!

  • Wilma says:

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    1 small microwave-safe bowl

    1 cup water

    Paper towels, dampened with warm water

    No matter how much I ask my kids to COVER their food before they nuke
    it, my words go unheeded. Inevitably, I’ll open the microwave and see
    that an explosion happened like a paint-splattered wall. Ugh! Do you
    have that problem or am I alone?

    Wilma

  • Rachel says:

    I have heard that vinegar can work wonders on a lot of household messes. I’ll definitely have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the tips.

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