How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners

March 27, 2019

Stubborn clothing stains, smudgy windows, sticky stovetops… Grease and grime around your apartment might be icky, but that doesn’t mean you need to hightail it to the store to stock up on chemical-laden cleaners to conquer the mess. In fact, you might not even need to leave home! Check out this article, which highlights nine homemade cleaners, and see our favorites below.

All-Purpose Cleaner
When you need an antibacterial cleanser to wipe down the kitchen counters or the bathroom vanity, try this simple all-purpose cleaner. It’s composed of diluted vinegar, lemon rind, and rosemary sprigs. The combination not only kills germs, but it also smells delightful! 

Glass Cleaner
When you want to shine up your windows or mirrors, combine two cups of water with a half-cup of vinegar and a quarter-cup of rubbing alcohol. You can also toss in a few drops of orange essential oil to make the medley smell a bit more pleasant. When you use this cleaner on mirrors, apply it to a paper towel first to avoid streaks. If you’re cleaning the windows, do it on an overcast day so the sunshine doesn’t cause it to dry too quickly and leave behind residue.

Heavy-Duty Scrub
If you have grime that’s really hanging on, the milder sprays might not do the trick. However, if you slice a lemon in half and coat the interior with borax powder, you’ll be able to power through just about anything. Keep in mind that this cleaner could damage marble or granite, but it’s safe to use on porcelain or enamel.

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