Over the last two years I have stopped purchasing traditional home cleaning products. It was a gradual process and one that I am happy to say was a great success. I love that our house is a little greener and a little cleaner.
It all started with our first cross country move when our moving company forced us to get rid of all of our liquids and household cleaners. Even though I never felt like we had an excessive amount of cleaning products I was shocked how much there was when we had to get rid of it. When we arrived at our new home I swore I would only buy products we actually used and to leave all those specialty products on the shelf. It wasn’t until after our baby girl arrived that I realized I needed a better and safer way to clean our house. So after some brief Pinterest browsing I came across a recipe for home made glass/multi purpose cleaner. That very day I stopped buying traditional household cleaners.
Below is a list and the recipes for all of the cleaners I use in my home. These have all been tested by me and I think they work better than any store bought cleaner. To make any recipe on this list you will only need these five simple ingredients:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Blue Dawn (I have tried using other Dawn flavors and found this to be the most effective. If you use Dawn with Olay in the glass cleaner, it will streak)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Tap Water
That’s it. Everything you need to clean and disinfect your whole house for under $10.
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 drops blue Dawn
I love this recipe and I use it all over my house! The vinegar acts as a gentle disinfectant and the dawn as a gentle degreaser giving it the power to clean everything from the bathroom to the kitchen and all the windows in between.
50% white vinegar
50% hydrogen peroxide
This works wonders! I’ve used it on everything! It removed the Cheeto finger marks my daughter left on my favorite side chair and the blueberry beer spot my husband left on our living room rug. This is a definite must have with a little one in the house.
When mixing this particular cleaner, be sure to mix it in the peroxide bottle or similar dark bottle. This will keep the peroxide from breaking down. Once mixed simply add a spray bottle nozzle. Spray on the spot, let it sit for 2 minutes, brush with soft bristled brush. Repeat as needed. In my experience, it takes two applications to get most stains out. Check out the original source here at Overthroughmartha.com
White vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
Mix baking soda with either white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide into a paste. Spread the paste over the dirty area in your over. Let it sit until the paste is dry. Depending on how much you put on this can be a couple of hours or over night. Wipe out with a damp sponge or magic sponge for added power.
I have made this recipe both ways, with similar results. However, I would recommend not putting this in any cracks or areas that are difficult to wipe out. This mix has a way of continuing to creep out of these areas. Save yourself the frustration and just avoid them.
For other great cleaning ideas, and multi use household products check out our Pinterest Cleaning Board here. It’s full of all kinds of helpful cleaning tricks to keep you house sparkling clean both inside and out.
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