There’s nothing like relaxing in a spotless house. Perhaps the only thing better is knowing that you’ve cleaned it using fewer chemicals and saving a couple of extra bucks. Whether you want to maintain a clean household in a green way or want to save some money on cleaning products, try these DIY solutions. You may see quite a difference in your home and in your wallet!
Keep Essentials on Hand
If you’re going to nix the harsh chemicals in your home, then you need to keep a few key ingredients in stock! We recommend the following to get you started:
- White vinegar
- Natural salt
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Plenty of microfiber cloths
- A few spray bottles
Create an All-Purpose Cleaner
It doesn’t take too much to really clean most of the things in your home! All you really need is a bucket of warm water with either a little bit of safe, non-toxic dish soap or vinegar. This solution will go far in helping you scrub down walls, cabinets, and virtually any other hard surface. It can also help you get the inside of your refrigerator clean!
Make Cleaning Windows and Mirrors a Cinch
Want to remove that layer of dirt caked onto your windowpanes and mirrors? All you need is a microfiber cloth and a solution of one part water and one part vinegar to get the job done! Use this mixture to spray on the blinds as well, then wipe them down to get rid of any dust or residue left behind.
When Life Gives You Lemons…
…use them in your cleaning arsenal! Cut a lemon in half and use one to scrub any laminate countertops that might be stained from last night’s dinner. Toss the other half down the drain to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal.
Polish Wood with Less Effort
All you need to make your sealed wood floors and surfaces shine is a soft cloth and just a little bit of vinegar. Just put a few drops of vinegar on the cloth and watch the wood become more polished than ever!
Get Your Microwave Looking Spick and Span
Microwaves can look pretty disgusting after a while. Kick grime to the curb by heating up some lemon juice! Just combine 2 cups of water and ¼ cup of lemon juice in a microwave-safe glass container or dish. Cook it on high for about 8 minutes and wipe clean!
Shine Up Stainless Steel with Orange Peels
If you’re looking for a snack but notice that your stainless steel appliances could use some TLC, then we have a solution for you – orange peels. Yes, you read that correctly. Once you’re done snacking on that orange, save the peel! The citrus oils will help remove fingerprints left on stainless steel. Use the orange side and rub with the grain to get that shine back.
How do you like to clean your home? Did we miss any important tips? Tell us in the comments below!