I used to lug around a huge bucket full of cleaning products. And rubber gloves. And a bunch of plastic brushes, scrubbers, and a roll of paper towels. All over my house.
Then, I realized I was spending an arm and a leg on store bought cleaning products, and filling my house with chemicals neither my family nor the environment needed. And that bucket was hea - vy.
So, I came up with these two easy-to-remember recipes, using just two non-toxic ingredients and some water, and now, I can easily clean my entire house-top to bottom, on the cheap.
My two go-tos are:
- DIY All-Purpose Cleaner: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, juice from 1/2 lemon
- Anti-Bacterial Cleaner: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, 8 drops of tea tree oil
I no longer need rubber gloves, a gas mask or a giant basket overflowing with toxic products.
How to Use 'Em
Let's start our spring cleaning in the kitchen with the one thing I loathe to clean...
Ew. Gross. Embarrassing.
I start by pre-heating my oven to 400 degrees. Once it's preheated, I shut the oven off and leave the door closed for a few minutes.
I then use the All-Purpose Cleaner while the oven is still warm to the touch.
For really stubborn grease, you can sprinkle baking soda on the problem area.
And voila! No need to wear a mask, lay down newspaper or use that awful oven cleaner that causes you to cough endlessly.
You can clean your kitchen cabinets, microwave, refrigerator, trashcans (inside and out) with the All-Purpose Cleaner.
Next, polish up chrome and stainless steel using the same All-Purpose Cleaner.
Spotty mirrors or dirty windows?
Spray a little All-Purpose Cleaner and watch that glass shine, streak-free.
Remove gunk and mineral deposits from sink faucets, shower heads and knobs with the All-Purpose Cleaner.
Using the Anti-Bacterial Cleaner, scrub the bathtub, the toilet, toilet handle and inside the toilet bowls. For extra scrubbing power, sprinkle a little baking soda in the problem area.
Rest O' the House:
Wipe down walls, ceilings, crown moulding and baseboards with the All-Purpose Cleaner.
Use the Anti-Bacterial Cleaner for doorknobs, light switches and anywhere else that is frequently visited by grimy hands.
Remove stains and gunk from carpet with the All-Purpose Cleaner. Just spray a little on the stain...
...use a wet sponge and wipe clean.
Remove gooey residue from table-tops, chairs, and counters with the All-Purpose Cleaner. This also cleans desktops, nightstands, bookshelves, coffee tables and more.
In summation, one bottle All Purpose, one Bottle Antibacterial, some washable rags for each, one scrubby sponge, and a bit of baking soda. No gas mask required.
What are your favorite home-made cleansers? Give me your best tips in the comments!