Buying cleaning products at the store can quickly get expensive. Then there is the worry about all of the harsh chemicals they contain. While these harsh ingredients might be able to kill germs and bacteria, they can also be harmful to us and the environment.
After realizing that manufactured cleaning products are a relatively new invention and that people have been keeping their living area dirt and grime free for centuries, I decided to see if there were other alternatives. After careful research and a lot of trial and error, I discovered what thousands of others already knew. There are several items in my pantry that can effectively clean my home without harsh chemicals or a high price tag. Here are a few of my favorite homemade cleaning products that actually work.
Diluted white vinegar
Soap scum and hard deposits literally dissolve in front of your eyes with diluted white vinegar. It is also a natural deodorizer which is a bonus when you are cleaning the bathroom or an area where you keep your kitchen garbage. Simply mix the diluted white vinegar with a little water and you have a safe, inexpensive and affordable household cleaner.
Almost every pantry has a box of baking soda in it and it makes a great cleaner. When it is sprinkled on a damp sponge you can effectively remove dirt and grime from showers, bathtubs and sinks. It is also a natural deodorizer and can dumping some down the drain can neutralize strong smells. Add a little to your washer to give your clothes a fresh smell.
If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to clean your windows consider using rubbing alcohol. It works just as well as the industrial cleaners without the expensive price and harsh chemicals. Best of all rubbing alcohol not only cleans windows and mirrors, it can also polish your metal fixtures. Surprisingly, I also discovered that it is a great way to keep my ceramic tiles looking like new.
For windows that are particularly dirty you might want to try cleaning them with ammonia. It is still safe to use, only it is a little stronger than rubbing alcohol. One thing I did learn was to choose a non-sudsing type of ammonia. The sudsy bubbles might look effective, but they are hard to completely rinse away.
These are only a few of the effective homemade cleaning products that I have discovered really do work. If you have a particular favorite that you use at home or have a recipe, I would love to hear from you. After all, everyone can benefit from a cheaper and safer way to keep their home fresh and clean.