Want to Shift Away from Using Harsh Chemicals in Your Home?
Have you ever cleaned your house and found your hands were sore, red, and irritated afterward? Unfortunately, many common cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to your health. These chemicals can be absorbed through your skin, and if you clean every day like most of us do, you could be exposing yourself to harsh chemicals.
But there is an alternative to using chemical cleaning products. Why not create your own DIY natural cleaning products? It’s easier than you think – let’s show you how to make homemade products for your next spring cleaning session.
Toilet Bowl and Drain Clearing the Natural Way
A homemade bathroom cleaner can do wonders to keep your commode looking clean and smelling fresh. Plus, it’s an easy way to ditch the potentially noxious chemicals in commercial cleaners.
This DIY natural toilet bowl cleaner not only smells great, but it kills germs and disinfects surfaces. The key ingredients for this recipe are baking soda and essential oils – tea tree oil, lavender oil, and lemon oil. Just add vinegar to the mixture after it’s applied to the toilet bowl because its reaction with baking soda is what truly does a deep clean.
You only need a few ingredients for this recipe:
- 2 cups of white vinegar (20%)
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- A teaspoon of tea tree oil (or other essential oil)
- A wooden spoon and a glass bowl
- Airtight container
- Mix together the baking soda and the essential oils using a wooden spoon and glass bowl. Spread it around the toilet bowl and place a tablespoon of the mixture in the bottom of the bowl.
- Take half a cup of vinegar and pour it into the toilet bowl, making sure you also run it around the side of the bowl.
- The baking powder and vinegar will start to fizz. Scrub the sides of the bowl to get rid of stains.
- Leave the toilet mix for 15 minutes before flushing.
You can also use this mix for drain clearing, but it’s best to call in the experts for heavily clogged drains and sewer systems.
Clean Your Kitchen with DIY Natural Cleaning Products
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a versatile product that has been used as a natural cleaner for years. It absorbs odors, breaks down grease, cleans surfaces, and more, making it an ideal staple to have in your kitchen.
Simply mix baking soda with water to form a paste and use it to scrub away stains on sinks, counters, and other surfaces. You can also add baking soda to a spray bottle filled with water to clean your refrigerator or microwave. For more stubborn stains on pots and pans, sprinkle baking soda over them and pour hot water into the pan before scrubbing away the stain.
Enjoy Looking out of Gleaming Glass
Nothing makes a room look brighter than clean windows and mirrors. Sunlight and clean surfaces go together like peanut butter and jelly.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly window cleaning solution, this recipe will get the job done without exposing your family to harsh chemicals.
Here’s our favorite natural window cleaning solution:
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
- 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional)
After you’ve prepared your solution, pop it into a spray bottle. Spray it on the glass (or directly onto a cloth or paper towel) and wipe your glass clean.
Try to clean windows at the beginning or end of the day. Cleaning windows at noon, or when the temperature is very high, will lead to quick drying streaks.
Get Rid of Mold and Mildew Without Chemicals
Mold and mildew love to grow in damp, warm places, such as bathrooms, attics, and basements. Luckily, this natural mixture will get rid of mild mold and mildew problems without harsh chemicals.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 24-ounce spray bottle
Mix the water and tea tree oil and add to the spray bottle. Spray the solution over the mold and leave overnight. Mix baking soda with some of the solution and form a paste. Spread this over the mold and scrub away with a toothbrush.
Try This Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaning Solution
To make an all-purpose cleaner, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water into a spray bottle. If you want a scented cleaner, stir in 20 drops of your favorite essential oil, or add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Just remember not to use vinegar or lemon juice on granite or marble countertops — the acid can eat away at the finish.
Also, don’t forget to contact the experts at Service Champions for all your drain clearing and HVAC maintenance needs.