Put Nature to Work for You: How to Make Your Own Home Cleaners

Budgets are tight these days, and we’re all working hard to save in small, simple ways. While a variety of natural home products are available at your local grocery store or discount retailer, why not save money making your own cleaners? Whether you want to learn how to make glass cleaner or deal with stubborn grout grime, here are three of our favorite recipes for safe, inexpensive and effective natural household cleaning products using ingredients plucked straight out of your pantry.

All-Purpose Power Player

Three basic ingredients are all you need to make this all-purpose cleaner, which can be used for everything from removing mirror streaks to wiping down the kitchen counter. A half a cup of this mixture tossed into your laundry, meanwhile, helps brighten and whiten. Simply combine two cups of water with one cup of hydrogen peroxide; add â…” cup of lemon juice, which not only packs a cleaning punch but also delivers an invigorating citrus scent. Pour into a spray bottle for convenient spritzing, or apply to to surfaces directly with a sponge or microfiber cloth. If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide handy, swap out with basic white vinegar.

Bathroom Buster

You don’t need potentially toxic chemicals to achieve a sparkling clean bathroom. Baking soda has many cleaning and deodorizing applications throughout the home, and works particularly well in the bathroom. Combine two cups of baking soda, ½ cup of liquid soap, two tablespoons of vinegar and ½ cup of water. Apply to the surface with a microfiber cloth and rinse well. Add a few drops of fragrant essential oil — such as lavender, jasmine, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree or lemongrass — for heavenly scent. For tough grout stains, combine baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply and let set for 15 minutes before using an old toothbrush to scour away mold, mildew and grime.

Freshen Up

A fresh-smelling house is a clean house. If your home is plagued by kitchen, bathroom or upholstery odors, banishing them is as simple as mixing together three basic ingredients. Combine one ounce of rubbing alcohol with six ounces of filtered water. Add in 25-50 drops of fragrant essential oil and pour into a spray bottle. Spritz in smelly areas or for a pleasant burst of amazing aroma in any space. While many store-bought air fresheners reek of chemicals, these smell naturally clean.

Our picks for natural home cleaners are safe, effective and inexpensive. The result? Healthier family members and a happier bottom line. And what’s better than saving money while promoting a safer environment for your loved ones? Use the savings to outfit your little one in the latest adorable and affordable clothing and accessories from Girls Crochet Headbands.

 

Which fragrance would you choose for your new cleaner? (I’m partial to tea tree myself)

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