Keeping your home clean is important. Keeping your
home safe and cancer-free is even more crucial. These homemade cleansers cost
pennies to make, get your house gleaming and best of all, they're made from
natural ingredients and don't contain any potentially toxic chemicals. So make
them, use them, and feel good about your clean and healthy home.
Table salt is your best weapon when cleaning wooden
kitchen areas, like counter tops and butcher blocks. Cover grease splatters with
salt, wait an hour, and brush away the salt.
To erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface
counter tops, simply pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and gently polish.
For overall kitchen cleaning, mix one cup white vinegar with one cup water.
Clean drains by pouring straight vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 30
minutes and then flush with cold water.
Looking for an alternative streak-free
mirror-cleaning solution? Mix in a spray bottle: one cup rubbing (isopropyl)
alcohol, one cup water, and one tablespoon white vinegar.
Or wipe mirrors with a soft, lint-free (microfiber) cloth saturated with
rubbing alcohol, gel hand sanitizer, or antiseptic mouthwash.
One of the best ways to clean stove tops is with
baking soda. Pour directly onto a damp sponge and scrub to remove food residue
from stove tops and refrigerator.
To clean burners, soak them in one
gallon warm water plus 1/2 cup baking soda for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.
Table salt also works wonders: If there’s a spill in a still-warm oven, pour
salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven cools off, wipe the spot with a
Vinegar works wonders in bathrooms!
To clean toilet bowls, mix one cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup baking soda, pour
into the basin, and scrub with a brush.
For moldy tiles, spray vinegar on the affected areas. Let stand for about 15
minutes, then rinse and let dry thoroughly.
To tackle mineral deposits on showe rheads, pour vinegar into a plastic bag
(grocery bags work best), and knot the handles over the neck of the shower head,
securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight and rinse with water in the
Even carpet stains don't require harsh chemicals to
lift them. Simply mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a scrub
brush or sponge socked in warm, soapy water.
To get out (fresh) grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15
to 30 minutes before vacuuming.
For a heavy-duty carpet cleaning method, mix 1/4 cup each salt, borax, and
vinegar. Mix into a paste and rub into carpet. Leave for a few hours and then