VIDEO: Homemade Cleaners for Spring Cleaning! It was such a pleasure to return to CTV’s Canada AM and share some tried & tested homemade cleaners. I use these concoctions regularly and can honestly say they work. There are a lot of dud recipes out there, but thankfully the ingredients are usually so cheap that it doesn’t hurt to experiment until you find what makes things shine for you!
FOUR MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS
2. Baking Soda
3. Antibacterial Dish Soap
4. Rubbing Alcohol
It costs around $5 for these ingredients and they will give you at least six-months worth of cleaning power. I especially like making my own all-purpose cleaning wipes, soap scum spray and a carpet/mattress freshener.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANING WIPES
- Cotton Rags
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 2 T dish soap
You can buy cleaning wipes pre-made and they’ve really come down in price. But it’s still cheaper, and greener, to make your own. I use these on so many different surfaces. They work great on granite counter tops. I like them for wiping down stainless appliances and sinks. I especially love these for cleaning spots and marks on my laminate flooring. Rubbing alcohol is a solvent which means it dissolves dirt and oil and it’s also disinfecting. It dries almost instantly so the initial hospital smell dissipates almost immediately. Still, use a bit of caution…don’t keep the container open and keep open flames and kids away.
SOAP SCUM SPRAY
- Spray bottle
- 2 parts vinegar
- 1 part dish soap
I keep this on standby inside my bathroom and use it once a week. The best thing to do is take your shower, dry yourself off and then spray this on the damp tiles. It is quite strong smelling initially so make sure you step out of the bathroom for a few minutes while it gets to work. I let it sit on the tiles for fifteen minutes before wiping and rinsing. Vinegar is known to be a wonderful disinfectant. The acid crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and causes the cell to die. Most vinegar has five percent acetic acid, but you can now find stronger vinegar with six percent -that boosts its cleaning power by 20%! Either one you use will work well.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Zest from one lemon
- Zest from one orange
- Parmesan cheese shaker (bottle)
I like to keep my baking soda in cheese shakers because it’s much easier to sprinkle when I need to use if for cleaning. I add zest into the shaker and it gives the baking soda a nice fresh scent. Sprinkle this onto your carpets, furniture and even mattress. Let is settle for a little bit and then vacuum it up. Baking soda is a little controversial in the cleaning world. We know that it helps to neutralize the pH balance of acidic vapors aka: odors. So, it’s not absorbing the odors per se, but it is making the pH level more neutral so you can’t smell the bad stuff anymore.
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