Toxic store bought cleaning supplies are not only bad for the environment and your family, they are costing a fortune. General cleaning supplies can cost you $5 and up in the store. They can be harmful to your pets, plants and your children. Our DIY tips on cleaning supplies is chalk full of great tips.
Baking Soda has been around since 1843. It has virus killing abilities and is completely non toxic. For kitchen grease, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth and concentrate on the heavy grease areas. Children’s toys can be easily cleaned with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 quart warm water. You can either soak the toys in this solution or you can use a damp cloth to saturate the toys and wipe off excess dirt with a dry cloth. For large carpet spills, blot as much of the standing spill off as possible. Clean the area with gentle soap and water. When this is complete, sprinkle dry baking soda on the spot and vacuum. This will ensure there is no remaining stain or odor.
Lemon Juice not only smells fresh, but it is great for mildew and mold. With this in your arsenal of cleaning supplies, you can also cut grease and shine hard surfaces. Laminate counters and cutting boards are easy to clean with lemon juice. For the tough stains, massage a cut lemon onto the stain. If the stain is stubborn you can leave the juice on to soak into the surface. Rinse with eater and dry as normal. Tupperware stains are tough to fight. If you squeeze some lemon juice and baking soda onto the stains and let it sit overnight, the stains can be scrubbed away in the morning. You can shine real brass with lemon too. Cut half a lemon, sprinkle salt on it and gently rub until its clean, rubbing with water when you are complete.
Vinegar is a miracle when it comes it cleaning and degreasing. You can use apple cider vinegar, but white works better. To clean with white vinegar, you can dilute it in a spray bottle with 50% water. This will clean most surfaces including windows, countertops, doorknobs and stainless steel. The smell can be a little overpowering at first. To counteract this, you can add a few drops of essential oils that can be purchased in a health food store or online. Another surprising use for vinegar is to clean your coffee pot. Mix 50% vinegar and 50% water and run it through your drip pot to clean out old coffee residue.
Castile soap is an all natural chemical free soap that is made from olive oil, laurel tress and soda. It is so safe that it can be used to clean and disinfect wounds. Instead of buying your dish soap, in a pump bottle use Castile liquid soap instead. It cleans your dirty dishes and also won’t dry out our hands like store purchased dish soap with harsh chemicals.