How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Store bought cleaning supplies generally contain a lot of harmful chemicals and are pretty costly. There are lots of cleaning supplies that you can make at home with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Believe it or not, you probably already have all the ingredients you need right in your pantry.
All Purpose Cleaner
An all purpose cleaner can be used almost anywhere in the house. The problem with most cleaners is that they leave behind noxious chemicals on every surface they clean. If these chemicals get on your counter or your baby’s high chair tray, they could easily be transferred onto food. If you want to avoid rinsing things off after using a cleaning spray, create your own mix by combining 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. There is nothing harmful that could get left behind, and you can use it just about anywhere.
A mix of alcohol, water, and white vinegar makes a very good glass cleaner. Don’t be afraid to use vinegar–it may smell really bad initially, but once it dries, the smell goes away. All you have to do to make this glass cleaner is take 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of non-sudsing ammonia and mix them together. When you’ve done that, just pour the mixture into a spray bottle and clean away!
Mold and Mildew Spray
Bathrooms tend to accumulate mold and mildew, which isn’t very good for you. If you are trying to rid your bathroom of mold, there is a simple mixture that works very well. Grab a spray bottle and fill it up with one part 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. Then spray down your bathroom and wait about an hour before you rinse the area well with cool water.
Toilet cleaner can be extremely expensive. When you buy it and use it, you are literally flushing good money down the toilet. Instead of buying pre-made cleaner, just dump 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, give the toilet bowl a quick scrub and a flush. If you do this once or twice a week, your toilet will stay clean and rust free.
Baking soda is very helpful if you don’t want to spend a whole lot on cleaning products. It is usually about a dollar for a box and has countless uses. To get rid of rings in your bathtub or even remove food deposits from your sink, you can sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub away. You can even use this method to remove marker, crayon marks, pencil marks, or even ink spots from painted surfaces. Baking soda is even good for cleaning your drains. If your drains aren’t doing what they’re supposed, to try pouring about 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain. Following the baking soda, pour half a cup of vinegar down as well. Cover your drain and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you finish off by pouring 4 cups of boiling water down there as well.