As a parent, we understand that you want your home to be as clean and sanitized as possible for both your health and the health of your children. (Though with kids running around, things will always be a bit messy!)
Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize that most popular commercial cleaning products are made with carcinogens and toxins that can cause respiratory issues, interfere with hormone levels, and even harm the nervous system.
Why would you waste your hard-earned cash on cleaning supplies that do more harm than good?
When you’re looking to save money and keep your family healthy at the same time, you should consider DIY cleaning supplies. The truth is that many of the ingredients you already have in your kitchen cabinets work together to give you a powerful, non-toxic clean.
Want to learn how to do deep cleaning without jeopardizing your child’s development?
Read on to score some of our favorite DIY natural cleaner recipes.
1. DIY Window Cleaner
Recent studies show that the average American household spends a whopping $504 on cleaning products every year.
We say that money could be much better served to pay down debt, saving up for a family vacation, or even funding your child’s college savings account.
First, let’s talk about how to make your own natural window and glass cleaner.
This is definitely one of the easiest recipes on our list. All you need is one part distilled white vinegar and one part room temperature water. Shake up the ingredients in a cleaning bottle, and spray on mirrors, windows, and other glass furniture in the home.
To save even more money, use black-and-white newsprint instead of paper towels. Not only is this great for the environment, but the newsprint also leaves far fewer streaks behind.
2. A Natural Stain Remover Solution
Whether the family pet has had an accident on your carpet, or if your kids keep tracking mud into the house, you know removing stains from your carpet can be a real chore.
Luckily, you can create your own cleaning products that will give you the same results as those pricy — and seriously toxic — commercial stain removers.
Start by covering the entire stain in a fairly thick layer of baking soda — no water needed. Let it sit for at least two hours.
Then, mix up one part one white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, and spray it directly on the stain (don’t remove the baking soda layer just yet.) You’ll know things are happening when the baking soda begins to bubble!
Wait for another two to three hours, and then scrub away the mixture with a nylon brush. Let it dry, and you’re all set!
No need to take out signature loans to be able to afford to replace your carpet or have it professionally cleaned.
3. An All-Purpose Cleaning Solution
Are you interested in beginning to teach your kids how to clean up after themselves, or help out more around the house?
If so, then you likely don’t want to have to constantly remind them which cleaning solution has to be used on a specific surface.
That’s why it’s such a smart idea to have a natural all-purpose cleaner they can use on anything and everything.
Combine one part white vinegar with one part water, and add a lemon rind. Next, you can choose the scent (if any) you’d like for your cleaning solution to have. We recommend things like tossing a few sprigs of rosemary or even a few drops of lavender essential oil into the bottle.
The lemon rind is of particular importance here since the acidity it contains can tackle caked-on gunk.
4. A Safe Toilet Cleaner
The toilet is certainly one of the nastiest places in your home.
However, make sure that the cleaning supplies you’re using to give it a deep cleaning aren’t equally as dangerous as the germs and bacteria you’re fighting against.
One of the most dangerous ingredients is hydrochloric acid, which, in addition to damaging your toilet, can also threaten the health of your lungs.
Go for a natural but powerful option instead.
First, spray a mix of vinegar and tea tree oil for scent and extra cleaning power on each part of the toilet. Then, gently sprinkle baking soda around your toilet bowl and scrub. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
If you’re dealing with serious stains, use a pumice stone. (Just make sure you do a quick patch test with the pumice stone first. You don’t want it to end up scratching your toilet’s surface.)
Then, wipe down the toilet and you’re good to go!
Make These Natural DIY Cleaning Products a Part of Your Routine
As you’ve learned from this post, making natural cleaning products is easy, takes almost no time, and will save you tons of cash in the process. Plus, natural cleansers are free from harmful ingredients that could hurt everyone in your household.
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