With everyone under quarantine for over a year now, it’s not easy to acquire the things you need to maintain your health and your home. Still, it is inexcusable to leave your home in shambles! Cleaning is still very-much part of your daily routine – more so now that the pandemic has made everyone germaphobic.
Instead of those harsh commercial cleaners that you need to run to the store to get, you can create some effective home cleaning solutions from just the ingredients you already have at home! These are much more cost effective, and will get rid of those dirt and stains that you may have wandering around.
However, nothing beats the thorough cleaning of professional home cleaning services, so we suggest you get home maintenance and cleaning scheduled with professional cleaners for the full top-to-bottom cleaning without the hassle.
For general, everyday cleaning, you can use these solutions in place of chemical cleaning products to upkeep your home:
A spray made from equal parts vinegar and water is a powerful solution that gets rid of most grime and dirt. Vinegar is highly effective in cleaning out stains from fabrics, as well as killing mold and mildew from your bathroom. Use the vinegar spray to mop your floors, clean pans, blot out stains on fabrics, and more!
Vinegar is acidic, so best not to use this solution when cleaning sensitive surfaces like natural stone, wood, and varnished materials. Some forms of resin are soluble to vinegar, so test a small, unnoticeable spot first before you go ahead with cleaning the rest of the surface.
Baking soda has been long known to be effective as a cleaning agent, but how effective is baking soda in cleaning your home? For one, baking soda mixed with plain water to form a paste can be used to buff out scratches from most surfaces, and clean natural stone surfaces as well without etching the material.
Baking soda with vinegar is a terrific paste for cleaning out the burnt gunk from your pans, stove, and oven. Simply apply the baking soda and vinegar mixture, let it sit until dried, and use a soft brush to firmly lift away the burnt pieces of food and sauce from your kitchen. It is safe to use around food, and leaves your pans squeaky clean!
Got marble or granite stone tiles? A solution made from a couple of tablespoons of liquid castile soap and a litre of water will work wonderfully as a homemade floor cleaner, surface wipe, or for any other natural stone surface you have.
Castile soap is not acidic, and won’t etch or scratch your natural stone surfaces. Soak a whole roll of paper towels (without the core!) in the solution for quick, on-the-go, wipes that you can conveniently reach for to get rid of spills and dirt before they stain.
Bleach gel can be easily bought in stores or online, but making a homemade version is just as easy. Simply take 2 cups of water and mix in 2-4 tablespoons of cornstarch – the more cornstarch you add, the thicker the paste will be.
Place the mixture over the stove and heat until the slurry is thick and somewhat clear. Remove from the heat and add in 6 tablespoons of bleach. Allow the mixture to cool, and transfer into old glue bottles for easier handling. You can use the bleach gel to kill off mold, and remove stains from your grout, white fabrics, and other white surfaces. Bleach will kill off any germs and mold that is on the surface. Use the gel on grout, toilet seat rim, or on white tiles to remove stains.
Not a lot of homeowners know that borax is an effective cleaning agent for killing off mold and mildew spores for good. Borax is also fine to mix with vinegar, rare for many household cleaning products. While borax can be used to kill mold in the bathroom, it is best used to refresh clothes, and remove any stains or odours from fabrics.
In your laundry machine, add a cup of vinegar and a cup of borax in with your regular load. Make sure to dissolve the borax in warm water prior to adding for best results. Vinegar and borax together will refresh your clothes, deodorize them, and give a boost to your detergent.
Finally, a homemade all-purpose cleaner will eliminate the need for you to create several different types of cleaning solutions for the different areas of your home. Remember the first DIY solution of vinegar and water? Adding 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap makes it a powerful home cleaner that is perfect for everyday cleaning!
Spray the solution on any durable surface, including fabrics and glass, and wipe clean to remove any oils, fingerprints, and stains that may be on the surface. Keep the spray handy by placing it in conspicuous places, and race against the grime to keep your home spotless!