DIY: How to Make Household Cleaners


People are more environmentally conscious than they have ever been before. As a mom I am not only concerned about the overall environment but the environment in my home. I don’t want to expose my children to a bunch of chemicals, so I have begun to “green” my cleaning routines.

You can certainly go out and buy green cleaning products but some of the greatest cleaning products are items that can be found right in your own kitchen; baking soda and vinegar. Besides being good for the environment they are also inexpensive.

I will admit that until recently my uses for baking soda included using it to deodorize my fridge and baking purposes. I also had limited experience with vinegar, and only used it for cooking and dying Easter eggs. I have discovered that both of these products have so much more potential!

Vinegar can be used to make a window/glass cleaner, an all-purpose cleaner, and a floor cleaner.

Baking soda can be used as a tub and tile cleaner, oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and scouring powder.

My favorite use for these products is one that I happened upon just the other day-unclogging sink drains. Just pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar. After you pour them in, put the stopper in the drain and let it sit. I would recommend 1-2 hours. Follow this by pouring hot water down the drain. This really works, you don’t have to call a plumber, its economical, and so much safer than the chemicals you would normally use.

Here are a couple quick and easy recipes for household cleaners.

Mild All-Purpose Cleaner

1/4 cup baking soda
1 quart warm water

Glass Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water

You can also find a variety of household cleaner recipes over at the Green Guide.

So, the next time you run out of cleaner and are thinking of buying more, just head to your kitchen and whip some up; not only will you save yourself time and money but your home will be safer!

Happy Cleaning!

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