Today more than ever, homeowners are concerned with the products and chemicals in their homes. It’s simple to make homemade cleaning solutions with ingredients from the pantry. Homemade cleaning products are affordable and aren’t as harsh as many commercial cleaning supplies, making them safer for the whole family.
3 Easy Homemade Cleaning Products
Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner
Typically, an all-purpose cleaner is a go-to product for different surfaces. While most all-purpose cleaners have commercial soap as an ingredient, you can make an effective one with simple, natural ingredients.
- equal parts water and white vinegar
- lemon rind
- rosemary sprigs (or a drop of rosemary essential oil)
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar and let it sit for a week. Strain the cleaner, pour it into a spray bottle, and shake it well. The lemon rind boosts the vinegar’s cleaning power, while the rosemary infuses a pleasant scent, so the surfaces you clean smell fresh.
This all-purpose cleaner is suitable for wiping away wall smudges, cleaning trash cans, and removing hard water stains. Because of the vinegar in this mixture, don’t use it on stainless steel or granite, as the acid can deteriorate these surfaces.
Deodorizing Kitchen Cleaner
The kitchen is one of the spaces in a home prone to food odors and grime. As such, it’s essential to have a kitchen cleaner that cleans and deodorizes the surfaces.
- 1-quart of warm water
- four tablespoons of baking soda
Unlike the all-purpose cleaner above, this kitchen cleaner works exceptionally well at cleaning stainless steel appliances and surfaces such as sinks and countertops. It’s also an excellent refrigerator cleaner and works well to rid the kitchen of odors.
On its own, baking soda is an excellent deodorizer. It can be used throughout the house to neutralize odors.
Homemade Cleaning Products: Glass Cleaner
Glass cleaner is one of the most frequently used cleaning products. The following ingredients will make a cleaner that leaves your windows and mirrors spotless and streak-free.
- 2 cups of water
- half a cup of white or apple cider vinegar
- quarter cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
- a drop or two of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine the ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle. While the essential oil is optional, you may want to add a drop if you prefer a scented product.
The rubbing alcohol minimizes spots and streaks on mirrors and windows because it allows the cleaner to evaporate rapidly. Instead of paper towels, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the windows and mirrors to remove dust, dirt, and lint.
Making homemade cleaning supplies is quick and easy. With a few ingredients from your pantry, you can make cleaning products for your home in no time and save money in the process.