The home is the place where we spend significant portion of our lives. We would therefore like our homes to be clean and neat at all points of time. We use many cleaning products from the market in our effort to make our house cleaning thorough and convenient. However, not all cleaning products are safe. They often are made from harmful synthetic compounds. They not only damage the surfaces on which they are used, but also could cause health problems. Further they may not be environment friendly and could cause irreparable damage to our surroundings. Hence it would be a good idea to look at some house cleaning products which we can make in our homes. They also could be referred to as DIY cleaning solutions.
These are becoming quite popular in many countries because they are also cost effective while serving the purpose for which they are being used. We are happy to share a few such DIY products for cleaning homes. We hope it will be useful for our readers.
Brass Cleaning Solution
If you are planning to clean your bathroom fixtures and fittings, non-lacquered cabinet items, and other such brass items, you could use a combination of table salt, lemon juice or white vinegar as an option. Let us learn the steps to do for cleaning of brass using this solution. All you have to do is to use a sponge and dampen it with lemon juice or vinegar. Also sprinkle some table salt on it and rub over the surface. Do it lightly. After a few minutes you can wash the items and surfaces with clean water and rinse it thoroughly. You also must ensure that it is dried immediately with a soft cloth. This is what is being done in many homes in Singapore when it comes to cleaning brass and other such items.
Cleaner And Deodorizer
Cleaning kitchen counters, the insides of your refrigerator and various other appliances could be a tough job. However, this is not the case if you use a combination of warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Apart from being an effective cleaning solution it also could make a good deodorizer. It can help clean stainless steel sinks and other such appliances. It is easy to use and all that you need is four tablespoons of baking soda mixed to 1 quart of warm water. You can clean the surfaces using this solution with a soft sponge. Once cleaned, you can wipe off the surfaces with a dry and soft cloth. It is very easy to use and most importantly is safe on the hands and also on the environment. It does not leave any residue behind.
If you are looking for the best natural and homemade glass cleaner, you can try this. You need half cup of cider vinegar or white vinegar. Also you would need 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol with 70% concentration. Finally you also should have 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil. This is optional because it helps in giving out a nice aroma. These ingredients should be combined and the mixture should be poured into a spray bottle. The solution should then be sprayed on a soft cloth or paper towel. It should then be used on the glass materials in your home. You should try and do the cleaning on a day when the temperature is not very hot. The solution has a tendency to dry rapidly and it could leave streaks behind. It is one of the most effective DIY cleaning products that is cost effective, safe and of course environment friendly.
Heavy Duty Scrub
With a combination of 1/2 cup of borax and half a lemon you could create wonders when it comes to cleaning rust stains on enamel and porcelain sinks and tubs. All you have to do is to scrub the lemon in the borax and scrub the rusty and soiled surface. Once the stains are removed, you need to thoroughly rinse it with water. However, you should not use it on granite or marble because it will leave stains behind.
Easy Grease Cleaning Solution
You would need half a cup of sudsy ammonia and it has to be mixed adequately with the right quantity of water. The water should be enough to fill a container of one-gallon. Sudsy ammonia has detergent and it is known to remove tough grime and greasy residues. You can also use this solution for cleaning grills and hoods. You could use a mop or sponge for this. Dip the solution in a sponge or mop and wipe the surface. Once it is clean, rinse it with clean water.
Water Ring Remover
It is common to see ugly looking rings caused by water. To remove this you need one part of baking soda with one part of white toothpaste (non-gel). However, the mixture should not be used on lacquer, wood that is unfinished or on antique. You need to use a damp cloth and add the paste-baking soda solution. The grain has to be rubbed over the spot till it buffs. You should immediately wipe it off with a dry cloth. You can finish the job by using a soft cloth for getting that final shine. You can use it the way you polish such surfaces.
Clothing Stain Remover
Some cloth stains are very tough and many consider it impossible to remove. You could try a solution of 1 gallon of hot water, 1 cup of dishwasher detergent (powdered), and 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach. With these in place you can start treating your badly stained garments, provided they are washable and bleachable. The ingredients should be mixed in a plastic, steel or enamel bowl but stay away from aluminum bowl. The garments should be soaked in the solution for around 20 minutes. If the stain is still there allow it to soak a bit longer and then wash them as you do it regularly.
We are sure that the above will give you some idea about the various DIY options you have with you, when it comes to cleaning homes, the fixtures and fittings and also your clothing. If you look around you can come across many other such home based and safe cleaning methods.