Make Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Lynn, Rob, Dougie
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Dirt Types and Natural Cleaner Formulas
- 3 Cleaning Products and Uses
- 4 Cleaning with Vinegar
- 5 Cleaning with Baking Soda
- 6 Cleaning with Lemon Juice
- 7 Other Cleaning Substances You Can Use
- 8 Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- 9 Comments
Is your home dominated by toxic and chemical cleaning products? Using different products in every part of your home can be very frustrating, aside from the act that it wastes a lot of your time, energy and money. You must be getting really tired of the horrible (synthetic) smells and noxious vapors of your current cleaners. Good thing we can make natural all-purpose cleaners from everyday kitchen materials. Here are some basic household ingredients double as cleaning products.
Dirt Types and Natural Cleaner Formulas
Molds and Mildew
Use a white vinegar solution or a lemon juice full strength. Apply with a scrubby or sponge.
Oil and Grease Spots
For small spills on any type of floor, simply add baking soda and scrub with a wet brush.
Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with a liter of warm water. Only use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean your Windows. Also, use only black and white newspapers, not colored ones. Don't clean Windows if the sun is on it or if they are presently warm, or else streaks will show upon drying. Be sure to follow this recipe, as using too a strong solution of vinegar can etch the glass and ultimately cloud it.
- 1Wood: Apply thin coating of 1:1 ratio of vegetable oil and vinegar and rub it well.Advertisement
- 2painted wood: Mix 1 teaspoon washing soda into a gallon or 4 liters of hot water.Advertisement
- 3Brick and stone tiles: Mix 1 cup white vinegar into a gallon of water to use as cleaner. Rinse with clean water.
- 4Vinyl and linoleum: Mix 1 cup vinegar and few drops of baby oil in a gallon of warm water. For tough dirt, add 1/4 cup borax. Don't use much on linoleum.
Most floor surfaces can handled with a water and vinegar solution. If you are damp-mopping wood floors, just combine equal parts white distilled vinegar and clean water. You can also add 15 drops of pure peppermint oil, shake, and mix.
For clogged or light drain cleaning, add 1/2 cup salt to 4 liters of water, briskly heat and pour down into the drain. For stronger cleaning, directly pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then a 1/2 cup of vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can gradually break down fatty acids from soap and glycerin, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After about 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear any residue. Warning: Only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can get melted from excess boiling water. Furthermore, refrain from using this method after trying a commercial drain opener - the vinegar may react with the drain opener and create dangerous fumes.
Nasty Smelling Things
- 1To deodorize them:
- Carpets - Sprinkle natural baking soda several hours before vacuuming it.
- Garage and basements - Set a large sliced onion on a plate in the center of room for next 12-24 hours.
- Plastic food storage containers - Soak in warm water overnight, along with baking soda.
- In-sink garbage disposal units - Grind up orange peel or lemon in the unit.
- 1Stains in cups can be usually removed by using a sponge and vinegar to wipe it out. For coffee makers and teakettles, add 2 cups water to a 1/4 cup vinegar and bring to a boil. Let it cool, wipe with a clean cloth, and rinse thoroughly with cool water.
- 2For carpet stains. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on the stain, let it sit for several minutes, and then clean with a brush or sponge and soapy water. For fresh greasy spots, sprinkle corn starch onto the stain and let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming it up. For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, vinegar, and borax. Rub the paste into the carpet and leave for a few hours, then vacuum.
Polluted Home Air
- 1Commercial air fresheners only mask smells and coat nasal passages to remove the sense of smell.
- Keep a bowl of fresh coffee grounds on your counter.
- Grind up slices of lemon in your garbage disposal.
- Simmer water and cinnamon and other spices on the stove.
- Place a bowl of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in any room.
- Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes will absorb odors around your house.
- Having houseplants can help reduce odors in the home.
- Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp. in a cup water) on your stove while you are cooking. To get smells like fish and onion off your utensils and cutting board, wipe all of them with white vinegar and wash in soapy water.
Cleaning Products and Uses
- 1Citrus Solvent - Able to clean paint brushes, oil and grease, and some stains. Use caution when using, as this product can irritate those with sensitivity.
Cornstarch - Can be utilized to clean glass Windows, polish furniture, and shampoo rugs and carpets.
- 1Borax (sodium borate) - Can clean, deodorize, disinfect, and soften water, clean wallpaper, painted walls and even any type of floors.
- 2White Vinegar - Cuts grease with ease, removes mildew, nasty odors, stains, and wax buildup.
- 3Lemon - Considered one of the strongest food-acids, lemons are effective against most household germs and bacteria.
- 4Washing Soda - Washing soda cuts grease with ease, removes hard stains, softens water, cleans any wall, granite, tubs and sinks. Use it with care because washing soda can irritate your mucus membranes. Avoid using it on aluminum.
- 5Isopropyl Alcohol - Also an excellent disinfectant. You may want to use ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in water solution instead. Studies suggest that isopropyl alcohol buildup can contribute to illness in our body.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar can be used as a natural fabric conditioner. You can greatly benefit from this if you have sensitive skin or if any member of the family does. To do this, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle in place of chemically induced fabric conditioners. Vinegar also has the supplementary benefit of breaking down the laundry detergent more quickly and effectively. Try cleaning your washing machine after washing your clothes as well.
Clean the sink, bathtub, toilet and counter-tops. Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to remove dirty rings. Now flush the toilet to allow the water level to go down a little before pouting undiluted vinegar inside the rim. Briskly scrub the bowl. You can now use a mop to clean the floor in the bathroom, use equal parts of water and vinegar for this task. Vinegar also eats away scum and hard water stains on fixtures and your tiles, leaving it shiny and beautiful.
Use vinegar to clean the top of your stove. Most of your kitchen appliances whether big or small can be cleaned by vinegar mixed with equal amount of water. Vinegar also disinfects and deodorizes while cleaning your appliances and counter. Achieve fresh and shiny results when you use vinegar to scrape off dirt and clean your kitchen floors.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most versatile natural cleaners for home. It can be used to scrub any surface in much the same way as commercial non-abrasive home cleaners. Baking soda naturally deodorizes your home. Place a box of it in your refrigerator and freezer to absorb nasty odors. Aside from that, you can also use it in your trash bins, smelly shoes and even your laundry. Baking soda can almost go anywhere you need its deodorizing action. Baking soda also makes a great addition for your laundry room.
Cleaning with Lemon Juice
Perhaps the most natural cleaning substance in the list, lemon juice use used to dissolve stubborn soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon is also a great substance to shine and clean copper and brass. To do this, mix vinegar or baking soda to lemon juice to make an all-natural cleaning paste. Alternatively, snip a lemon in half and pour some baking soda on it. You now have a bleacher for your dishes and surface stains. Use caution, as lemon juice can act as a bleacher. Test it out to an inconspicuous area first before actual application. Mix a cup of olive oil with about half cup of lemon juice to make a furniture polish for your hardwood furniture.
- 1Another good suggestion is using the while peel of lemon fruit to put in your trash bin to deodorize them. Who said garbage can't smell nice?
- 2Use lemon to freshen the whole kitchen, particularly the drains. You can also use orange peels to achieve similar results.
Other Cleaning Substances You Can Use
Salt is an abrasive solution you can use for scrubbing. Use salt to get rid of mildew and rust. Salt can also work to help polish any copper or silver. Toothpaste:
Toothpaste actually works as a very mild abrasive, it similar to soft scrubbing gel solutions. Toothpaste may be used to clean your silver items or jewelry. Furthermore it can be used to remove stains on white clothing, tennis shoes, and in other places where light scrubbing is sought.
Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized as a disinfectant. It is one of the most effective blood stain removers. With all ingredients, be careful when mixing cleaners together. Use thoroughly cleansed or newly cleaned bottles. Always follow storage guidelines for cleaners. Rinse everything thoroughly, including your hands, and always follow instructions.
Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- You can also buy commercially available natural cleaners, but be wary of what you need to look for in a green cleaning product before buying/using it.
- The results of these cleaners may vary and cannot be guaranteed to be 100 percent safe and effective.
- Before you apply any cleaning formulations, test it in inaccessible or out of the way areas. Always test new products before wide use.
- Borax is a mild irritant, but has not been shown to put people's health at risk.
- Make sure that you keep all homemade formulas well-labeled, and out of children's reach.