Homemade Cleaners That Really Work

You need cleaners to keep your house sanitary and inviting, but store-bought options are often too harsh. Here are some cleaners you can make at home.
Homemade Cleaners That Really Work

Most people purchase cleaning solutions from stores for their housework needs. However, these may contain chemicals that are harsher than you want. Some may also be dangerous if you touch them or breathe them in. Luckily, you can make homemade cleaners that really work with some common ingredients. Whether you want something safer or enjoy a DIY project, these can be effective replacements for your typical cleaning solutions.

General-Use Spray

Stocking your supply cabinet with a general-use spray is always smart. You can clean all kinds of surfaces around your house with one while also giving them a pleasant smell. This can include shelves, countertops, and mantels, among other things. To create your own general-use spray, gather some citrus fruit peels of your choice and put them into a mason jar that can hold a quart of liquid.

Pour in white vinegar to the top and let the jar sit for at least two weeks. After this, you can transfer the vinegar solution to a spray bottle, keeping out the peel remnants with a strainer. Mix half a cup of the vinegar with one full cup of water and one teaspoon of castile soap. Shake it up and you’re ready to go!

Window Cleaner

The mirrors and windows around you house probably collect smudges and splash marks over time. To get them shining again without ineffectually smearing the substances on them, you need a window cleaner. You can easily combine a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol and three tablespoons of white vinegar directly in a spray bottle, then fill the remaining space in the bottle with distilled water. Shake these liquids together to create a nice solution that you can apply to your mirrors and windows to pick up dust and grime. You can wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Newspaper also works surprisingly well.

Drain-Unclogging Solution

A clogged kitchen sink drain is a common problem because of the grease and food particles that collect there and block up the pipes. Since it’s difficult to reach in and physically clean these things out, people generally use special solutions that can dissolve the clogging substances and allow water to flow through again. You don’t need to buy harsh chemicals to fulfill this function, though.

Instead, you can add a couple tablespoons of baking soda along with white vinegar in a 1:2 ratio to hot water to create a solution that’ll clear your drain. Alternatively, some prefer to run boiling water in the drain. With this method, you then pour a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of white vinegar directly into the drain after the water. Once several minutes have passed, you finish by pouring boiling water in again. The advantage of both these techniques is that vinegar and baking soda are safe for septic tanks, whereas some store-bought solutions are not.


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