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Keeping your home clean with DIY supplies!

Published On: 6/13/2019

By: Chance Herriage

Choosing the correct cleaner is one of the best moves that you can make when it comes to cleaning your own home. There are many store-bought cleaners that are amazing and can provide a great clean for a great price. However, there are other options as well that can be made at home, are even cheaper, and delivers a better clean.

Store Bought

Store bought cleaners can be very expensive, as well as very unsafe for anyone doing the cleaning. It is not good to be around harsh chemicals, especially when they are as commonly used as the cleaning supplies in your home.

Lysol Action Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This cleaner is very toxic and is one of the worst rated cleaning supplies in the industry. While it does provide a great clean you are dumping many toxic chemicals down the toilet. Even on the packaging, it asks that the user wear eye protection. A common report for issues among this is skin irritation in any area that skin contact was made.

Drano Clog Remover

This product was only even able to have five products identified by the grading agency. If that doesn't speak for how bad it is to be around without the proper safety equipment, I do not know what does. While it is quite effective, it is simply not worth the risk when there are many products that perform the same or better while being much better for your health.

Do It Yourself

Creating your own cleaning supplies is much easier than one would think and can also prevent your body from becoming irritated or sick from all the harsh chemicals in store bought. By creating your own cleaning supplies you also have the ability to choose whatever smell you like, while creating a far superior product.

All-Purpose Cleaner / Grease Cleaner / Deodorizer

Making an all-purpose cleaner can be used on just about any surface as it is generally not harsh or corrosive. Not only do you not have to go to the store to buy it, but it's cheaper, better cleaning, and can smell amazing.

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar

The recipe will scale and will work slightly better while the water is hot, but will still function amazingly when not warm. You can even it in any spray bottle and save it until the times you need it. When you are ready to use it all it takes is a sponge, rag, or cloth and the mixture will do the work.

Glass Cleaner

An option that has been becoming more popular is the use of rubbing alcohol to clean any mirrors. The evaporative qualities lend a hand to being a great option and keep streaks from being left when wiping away the excess.

If you are in the need of a strong window cleaner a little ammonia in the place of the vinegar will get anything that has been built up off of the glass, while still delivering an incredible shine.

  • 1 Cup Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

Heavy-Duty Scrub

Some areas of your home may have been accidentally forgotten about and built up quite a pile of dust and grime. With a stronger cleaner, the time to clean will remain the same while also maintaining the beautiful shine that you should be used to. With this recipe, we suggest not spraying it on too strongly because a little bit goes a very long way.

  • 1 Tablespoon Clear, Non-Sudsing Ammonia
  • 1 Tablespoon Clear Dishwashing Liquid
  • 2 Cups Water

If you are using this solution and are still having trouble getting it all cleaned up you can try a different type of sponge. There are many different preferences that one may have when it comes to cleaning so it is just a matter of finding what works for you.

Water Ring And Buildup Remover

The inside of your toilet or sink can build up quite an ugly appearance if your area has very hard water. With the solution below you can go from a gross yellow appearance to white and shining. Simply spraying and scrubbing will get most of what you remove, off, but in the case that it is putting up a fight you can let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub.

  • 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar

For faucets in your shower or bath the case of water build up you can cover a few paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around the faucet to return them to the shine that they had the first day they were bought.

Freshening Up Your Cleaners

You can infuse any home-made vinegar mixture with something that will bring the smell of your home to something more amazing instead of the well-known smell of vinegar.

Our Favorite Suggestions

  • Sage
  • Orange Peels
  • Lemon Peels
  • 1-2 Drops Of Essential Oils

A strong smell can hit you in the face when you walk into your home after a long day of cleaning, but it only takes a little bit of love to make your cleaner and home smell absolutely amazing. When using essential oils make sure not to use too much or you will end up being overrun by the smell. You also want to avoid a build-up of the oil on any surface that you clean, we merely want the smell.