Since it’s Spring, and many are into the ‘Spring cleaning’ mode I thought I would share some of my favorite homemade cleaners. I have seen a ton of these all over the place on Pinterest , Facebook and Twitter; however I’m not a fan of a lot of them.
Why? Most of them seem too complicated to me. Why buy 10 different ingredients that have loads of chemicals in them just to get one product? I never cared much for reinventing the wheel. So, call me picky, but I have standards for the homemade cleaners I consider the best and worth the effort, and here they are:
My homemade cleaners standard:
- Must be cheaper to make than it is to buy a similar product, or it’s defeating the point in my opinion.
- Must not contain any harsh chemicals, and is all organic or made from simple ingredients generally found in the home already
- Does not smell like a rotten egg or worse. Some I have blended together just smelled plain nasty!
- Will not stain anything.
- It’s simple to make and you won’t need to pull out the old chemistry set to ‘whip it up’.
And the results:
5. Microwave Cleaner – This is a super simple one I’ve used for years:
- Take a regular 8 oz. glass and fill it half full of water, half full of vinegar, and a thin slice of lemon
- Set it to 1 or 2 minutes. It will deodorize as well as clean it. The steam loosens the grime and you can easily wipe it down after that.
4. Glass Cleaner – This streak free glass cleaner comes in handy when I clean our glass topped table.
- In a sprayer bottle mix about 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, a squirt of lemon juice and about the same amount of white vinegar and fill the bottle with warm water.
- To get streak free results, make sure you’re using a lint free cloth. Some suggest using crumpled newspaper, but I’ve never tried that.
3. Dryer “Sock balls” – This can replace dryer sheets. These make good ‘dusters’ as well.
- Find a sock with a lost mate that’s still in decent condition (I have plenty of these on hand) – and fill with flax seed or dry uncooked rice and a fragrant herb, and sew shut.
- I’ve also seen this done with just stuffing the sock with dryer lint, adding a few drops of essential oil of your choice, rolling the sock down so it’s like a ball and just toss it in. I’ve heard wool works best for this, but honestly I don’t know as I’ve just tried it with one of my lost favorite fuzzy socks.
2. Furniture Polish – This is an old trick, it’s good for filling in little nicks and scratches as well as making wood grain look new again.
- Mix a half a teaspoon of pure virgin olive oil with about a quarter cup of lemon juice.
- Mixing in a drop or two of tea tree oil doesn’t hurt and will get rid of any bacteria while you’re at it. Just rub the mixture in with a soft rag and voila!
And my #1 favorite is: Homemade Soft Scrub– I have yet to find anything this baking soda and peroxide paste won’t cut through. It’s simple, cheap to make, has no smell that I’ve noticed, and won’t stain anything.
- Mix a quarter cup of baking soda with just enough hydrogen peroxide to make it into a paste.
- Use like a normal scouring scrub, rub it on then rinse with water.