I don’t know about you, but I’m SO tired of spending a ton of money on fancy cleaners at the store. Not only are they ridiculously expensive, they’re also full of harsh chemicals, so I worry that the cure is worse than the disease! (Except when it comes to toilet cleansers – I don’t mind nuking the toilet bowl once in a while.) Instead of buying all the pricey bottled chemicals, I’ve moved to home-made household cleaners. I get peace of mind from knowing that they won’t eat my hands off if I forget my gloves, and from seeing how much money I’ve saved!
Homemade Countertop Cleaner
This is so super easy, that you wouldn’t think that it works, but it does! All you need is a lemon and a little baking soda!
- Cut a lemon in half, crosswise, then dip in baking soda.
- Rub over surfaces, then wipe with a wet cloth.
Not only is the acid in the lemon and the grit of the baking powder good for cleaning, both remove odors, and the baking soda will also help to draw out stains!
Homemade Glass Cleaner
This is a green, safe, and great-smelling glass cleaner you can make at home with things you have on hand. Again – super easy, but SO effective!
- 1/4 cup vinegar or 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2+ cups water
Mix the liquids up in a spray bottle, then use on windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces. Wipe it off with a clean, dry, lint-free towel, or an old newspaper! Yes, I know, it sounds odd, but old newspaper (not the plastic inserts, the actual newsprint) is great for cleaning glass!
Homemade Stove and Oven Cleaner
No, you don’t need super-scary flesh-eating chemicals to clean out your oven! This is so easy, but your stove will be amazingly clean when you’re done!
- Step One: make a paste with baking soda and water.
- Step Two: dip a damp towel into the paste, then scrub gently.
You may need to let it sit a moment, but not too long because the paste will dry. If it does, sprinkle to dampen and keep scrubbing, then clean it up with a wet cloth. See? So easy!
Homemade Cleansers: Don’t Depend on the Store So Much!
It’s so nice to know that no matter what happens, come economy collapse or high water, I’ll still be able to keep my house clean!
What’s your favorite homemade cleaning product?