Potency in Your Pantry! DIY Cleaners That Use Common Household Items

June 12, 2018

If you have vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice in your kitchen, then you can get ready to toss all of your chemical-laden cleaners. These are the key ingredients you need to craft your own household cleaning products. They're cheaper, healthier, and just as effective as the sprays you pick up at the grocery store. Here are three versatile DIY cleaners you can make with the stuff you already have in your pantry.

  1. All-Purpose Cleaner. When you want to quickly wipe down the kitchen counters or de-gunk the bathroom sink, reach for this all-purpose cleaner. The simple recipe is a mere three ingredients: one and three-fourths cups water (distilled works best), a cup of white vinegar, and a quarter-cup of castile soap. Mix them all together and add a few drops of optional tea tree oil if you have it on hand, then start spraying.
  2. Glass Cleaner. When you want to gently buff away the speckles and streaks on your bathroom mirror or bedroom windows, a homemade glass cleaner can help get the job done. Combine two cups of water with a half-cup of white or cider vinegar, a quarter-cup of rubbing alcohol, and, if you want, a couple of drops of sweet-smelling orange essential oil. The blend will effectively shine up any glass surfaces.
  3. Wood Cleaner. Glossing up wooden surfaces is a little trickier, so you might be surprised by how easy it is to create an effective wood cleaner at home. All it takes is two tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Shake it all together, pour it into a spray bottle, and spritz it across wooden tables. Careful, though, because this cleaner can leave some oily residue behind, so it's not great for wooden floors.

27 Chemical-Free Recipes for DIY Spring Cleaning [Greatist]
9 Homemade Cleaners You Can Make Yourself [Good Housekeeping]
Three 3-Ingredient Cleaners for the Whole House [HGTV]

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