Eco Friendly Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home

Whether we love to do it or not, there comes a time (hopefully a couple of times per week) when we have to do a bit of house cleaning. And, if you’re someone who is eco-friendly, then you’re probably looking for alternatives to the commercialized products that tend to not only (sometimes) be a bit on the pricey side, but also are filled with toxic chemicals.

You might think that only in a perfect world can you create cleaning solutions from the things that you already have in your refrigerator or pantry, but the reality is that there are plenty of recipes that can have your home looking clean and smelling fresh; ones that are good for your health and the environment.

Bathroom. Being that the bathroom is one of the rooms in the house that is used the most, let’s start with it. When it comes to cleaning out your bathtub and tiles, you can combine 1 cup of baking soda, a ½ cup of liquid soap, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of vinegar, shake it together and apply with a sponge. For your mirrors, 1 cup of water, ½ cup of lemon juice and a teaspoon of vinegar will have them sparkling. For your toilet, combine ¼ cup of borax to 1 cup of vinegar, let it sit for 15 minutes and then scrub clean.

Kitchen. For an all-purpose cleaner, with the use of a funnel, put 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of dish soap and 2 tablespoons of vinegar and shake it together in a spray bottle. Then fill the rest of the bottle up with warm water and add a couple of drops of essential oil if you want a desired scent. For your sink or stove, 1/3 cup of baking soda mixed with enough warm water to create a pasty consistency accompanied by a sponge or brush is sure to do the trick. If you’ve got a smelly garbage disposal, throw the pulp from a used up lemon along with a couple of peels down it. If you need to get grease off of your kitchen surfaces, ¼ cup of vinegar, ¼ cup of baking soda and a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil on a sponge should get the oily residue right on up.

Living room (and bedroom). When it comes to the living room, who doesn’t envision having a clean room? And that space, one of the areas that is hardest to keep clean is the upholstery. Did you know what a little shampoo mixed with water is one of the most effective ways to remove stains from fabrics? If you have a coffee stain, all that you need to do is combine an egg yolk with some lukewarm water and then rub it onto the spot. For wine spills, a cup of hydrogen peroxide along with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid will remove it. Baking soda is also a great carpet freshener (apply about 20 minutes before vacuuming). Oh, and if you want to make your own wood polish, one lemon along with a tablespoon of olive oil and water will keep it looking fresh and new.

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