Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

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For pennies a batch, make an all-natural, food-safe home cleaner.

While more and more families are going chemical-free, no one wants to give up cleanliness, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, where germs need to be avoided. Commercial non-toxic cleaners may be rather expensive, so why not make your own? The low-cost, super-easy recipe for homemade all-purpose cleaner below is a combination of only three items that you may already have on hand, and the results are safe to use around food, children, and pets.

The crucial component is plain old-fashioned white distilled vinegar, which is acidic enough to cut through stains and build-up while also eliminating germs, viruses, and mold. But don’t hold your breath! This recipe solves the most common criticism about vinegar-based cleaners: the strong, lingering odor. Continue reading to learn how to make a custom-scented cleaner with a gently pleasant perfume that will leave your entire house gleaming.

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Using Green Products Around the House

If you’re becoming more conscious about the products you use to clean your home? There are so many advantages of using natural cleaners including saving money and creating a healthier, non-toxic home.

Natural cleaners are effective and do a proper job in cleaning just as some of the more toxic chemical cleaners do, although sometimes I do use a shower cleaner for tile if things are looking scary. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can make salad dressings and clean your home with some of the same ingredients? I think that’s awesome.

Many store-bought cleaners are made with water, chemicals, and fragrance. Some fragrances can irritate allergies, and create skin sensitivities.

They can even be poisonous to pets and small children. Some of these store-bought cleaners have instructions to be in a ventilated room when using or to wear a mask. To me, this is very concerning.

Organic and natural cleaners are an option if you do not want to aggravate your allergies and you can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in your cleaning agent.

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

STEP 1 pour vinegar and water into the spray bottle needing the measuring cup. Shake to mix after closing the lid. The solution is now ready to handle a variety of household cleaning tasks, but if the smell of vinegar bothers you, go to Step 2.

STEP 2 Choose up to three different essential oils to eliminate the vinegar odor. While you’ll choose depending on your favorite smells, keep in mind that some essential oils, such as lime, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and peppermint, have antibacterial and antifungal qualities that will provide extra oomph to your cleaning solution. Add 10 to 12 drops total to your solution, shut your spray container, and shake to combine.

STEP 3: Get to work cleaning! Spritz a little quantity of cleaner over the surface, then scrub with a microfiber cloth, which works vigorously yet softly to remove dirt without leaving lint. Repeat as needed.

STEP 4 Keep the cleaner in a cold, dry location. A 32-ounce solution should keep you going for a long time!

Using Your New Homemade Cleaner

Because vinegar is edible (it’s a significant ingredient in salad dressing, for example), it’s a safe and kid-friendly alternative. Try it out on:

• Refrigerator and freezer: Wipe off the interior of your refrigerator and freezer, but avoid the rubber gaskets around the borders, as vinegar might damage them.

• Laminate countertops: Using a damp cloth, clean up most typical spills, including those that have solidified.

• Windows and mirrors: It will remove dirt, grease, and fingerprints.

• Toilet, tub, and bathroom sink: It effectively cleans and disinfects porcelain.

• Small appliances: It may descale a coffee maker or revitalize a toaster.

• Glassware: Remove hard-water stains and leave them gleaming.

Do Not Use Your Cleaner On These Surfaces

Because vinegar is acidic, it might be too aggressive for porus surfaces. It should not be used on:

• Wood flooring and furniture: The finish on these surfaces may be stripped. (Instead, try this DIY wood floor cleaning.)

• Stone countertops and tiles: Marble and granite surfaces may be messy.

• Grout: Vinegar can degrade grout sealant, making it susceptible.

• Electronics: Acids may chip away at the protective coatings of touchscreens, so it’s better to use just plain water on any sort of screen.

• Cast iron and aluminum pots: It has the potential to corrode these metals.

• Plants: Vinegar is a natural Ied killer, but it makes no distinction between plants you like and those you don’t! Instead, use a towel to dirt the leaves.

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