DIY Cleaning Supplies
You don’t have to buy expensive and often toxic cleaning supplies from your grocery store. By using what you already have in your kitchen, or by purchasing a few new items, you can make your own green cleaning kit.
Get started with these ingredients:
- Baking soda
- White distilled vinegar
- Natural liquid soap or detergent
- Tea tree oil
- Spray bottles
Start with ½ cup of baking soda in a bowl and mix in enough liquid soap to create a smooth paste. Sponge the mixture over your tiles for a soft scrubber that rinses off easily and won’t leave any grit or grime behind.
Mix two cups of water with three tablespoons of liquid soap and up to 30 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle for an effective antibacterial cleaning solution.
Pour two tablespoons of white vinegar and two cups of water into your spray bottle. If the vinegar smell is too potent for your taste, you can substitute with lemon juice.
For Ovens and Stovetops
Coat dirty areas with baking soda and mist water on top to add moisture—let this sit overnight. The next morning, you can grab a sponge and wipe away the dirt with ease.
For Everything Else
You can make an effective all-purpose cleaner by mixing ½ cup of white distilled vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda and ½ gallon of water. Pour into a spray bottle and you’re ready to get scrubbing!
When it’s time for spring-cleaning, don’t head to the store for supplies—pull out these basic ingredients and mix up your own homemade cleaners for safer and more cost-effective solutions.
American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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