There are so many benefits to making your own household cleaners. They cost less, are great for the environment, keep the air inside your home clean and breathable (indoor air pollution can be up to 100 times higher than outdoor pollution partly because of the chemicals in store bought cleaners), and are safe even for little kids to use! (Now, you won’t have to do all those chores on your own, eh?)
Thanks to an increasingly environment-conscious population (hello, hipsters), there has been a growing number of non-toxic home cleaning alternatives available on the market. You can easily avail of them by typing a few choice words into your favorite search engine, if you should be so inclined, but you may end up making your own once you discover how easy it is via the following recipes:
1. All-Purpose Stain Cleaner
Water deposit stains can be hard to clean, but a good wipe-down with this all-natural cleanser ought to remove most of them. Use on shower stall panels, chrome fixtures, bathroom mirrors and windows for best results.
2 liters water
¼ cup baking soda
½ cup white vinegar
Mix baking soda and vinegar into the water until the former is fully dissolved.
Moisten a clean piece of cotton cloth with the mixture and use as needed.
Store the mixture away from direct heat or sunlight.
2. Homemade Drain Cleaner
The chemical reaction from this mixture helps break up fatty acid deposits in pipes. Do note that this mixture should only be used on metal pipes since boiling water may damage plastic ones.
½ cup baking soda
½ cup white vinegar
Boiling water, about 2 cups
Slowly pour in the baking soda down the affected drain.
Add in the white vinegar.
Wait fifteen minutes, and then gently pour down the boiling water.
3. DIY Vinyl and Linoleum Tile Polish
The following recipe is a lot easier on the nose and lungs than most commercial tile or floor polish brands. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly on linoleum tiles.
A few drops baby oil
1 cup white vinegar
2 liters warm water
Stir together the white vinegar and baby oil into the warm water.
You can also add a quarter cup of borox to the mixture for tougher, more stubborn stains.
Moisten a soft, clean rag with the polish and wipe gently on the tiles.
4. Non-Toxic Moth Repellent Packets
Because of the paradichlorobenzene in them, mothballs are toxic to everyone, not just to the winged pests they target. These sachets are stuffed with herbs that also drive away moths, but are a much healthier and more fragrant alternative to boot.
½ cup dried lemon peels
½ cup dried rosemary
½ cup dried rose petals
Cheesecloth scraps, enough to make sachets
Make sachets out of the cheesecloth by taking a rectangular piece, folding it in half, and then sewing up the edges. Keep the top side open.
Put about a tablespoon each of the lemon peels, rosemary, and rose petals in each sachet. Sew the top side closed once the sachet is full.
Hang the sachets in closets or other spaces troubled by moths.
5. Baking Soda Toilet Bomb
The bathroom is one room that should be kept meticulously clean. Fortunately, this recipe is potent enough to help you scrub down a toilet effectively without the sort of toxic fumes you get from store-bought cleaners.
2 cups borax
1 cup lemon juice
In a non-reactive bowl, make a paste out of the borax and lemon juice.
Apply the paste to the walls of the toilet bowl and basin. Let it sit for about three minutes.
Scrub the sides with a brush, and then flush the toilet to rinse.
While we’ve already established the benefits of homemade household cleaners, don’t forget that these aren’t safe for consumption. (Come on, do you really want to put something meant for the toilet in your mouth?).
Remember to stow your homemade cleaners away in cool, dark places, preferably with locks to keep children from finding and accidentally ingesting them, and you’re good to go.