Homemade Cleaners for Sparkling Homes

After clearing out all your unwanted junk, there’s nothing better than giving the place it once resided a deep clean. In fact, there’s nothing better than stepping back to admire a spotless post-junk house! Actually, I take that back. There is something better.

Stepping back to admire a junk-free, spotlessly clean house that doesn’t smell of bleach and other harsh chemicals.

While every grocery store has shelves stocked with cleaners that pack a powerful punch, they also can leave you with some nasty after effects. Headaches from the fumes and bleach spots on clothes are bad enough, and I don’t even want to think about what would happen if a pet or small child got into them. Thankfully there are easy-to-make alternatives that will not only clean like the big boys but are also natural, inexpensive, and environmentally safe.

For an all-purpose cleaner, mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. For most messes a simple spray and scrub will do the trick but for tough jobs, warm the mixture first. Spray on the designated area and let sit before scrubbing.

natural cleaner ingredientsAfter Mr. Junk removes one of your big appliances like an old refrigerator or oven, the floors are going to need a little TLC. Combine 1/4 cup dish soap, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 2 gallons of warm water in a large bucket or straight into the sink. (you can also substitute lemon juice for the vinegar). A mop and a little elbow grease and your floor will shine like new!

For sinks and bathtubs, create a paste with baking soda, a squirt of dish soap, and a squeeze of lemon. Scrub with a cloth or sponge or allow to sit for 10-15 minutes for some of your more angry messes.

I’d venture to guess that you have all of these ingredients in your pantry at this very moment! So after you have us haul away your unwanted furniture, appliances, and other waste, make your surfaces shine with these natural homemade recipes.

 

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