3 Do It Yourself Cleaning Products

3 Do It Yourself Cleaning Products

Easy do it yourself cleaning recipes to use in your home. They don’t have any chemicals that will aggravate anyone’s asthma or allergies. 

1. All-purpose cleaner
Using cleaning products that don’t have harsh smells is a good start. You can also make your own using a few simple steps and inexpensive ingredients.

You’ll need:

3 cups distilled water
1 teaspoon natural dish soap
3 cups white vinegar
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice (tea tree oil, lemon or orange oils are good choices)

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean countertops, floors and walls. A word of caution: Do not use vinegar solutions on marble surfaces.

2. Glass cleaner
You’ll need:

3 cups distilled water
3 cups white vinegar
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice. I usually use lemon oil or lavender. 

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean glass surfaces, including mirrors.

3. Furniture polish
You’ll need:

½ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to polish wood surfaces.

Bonus tips
Baking soda and white vinegar can clean toilets and showers.
If you want some abrasion to remove a stain, try sprinkling some salt on the stain.
After you’ve squeezed a lemon for a recipe, rub the inside of the rind in your kitchen sink. The lemon will clean the sink and keep it smelling fresh.

These glass squirt bottles are good if your using essential oils. 




Five Green Cleaning Recipes for a Spring Home Detox?

Five Green Cleaning Recipes for a Spring Home Detox?

Maid Brigade Reveals Natural Cleaning Tips to Minimize Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

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1. Daily All-Purpose Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1-cup seltzer water
8 drops tea tree oil
1/8-cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on surface to disinfect and let soak for several minutes before wiping away. Hydrogen peroxide eventually loses its strength so you will need to add more to the mixture each time you use the solution.

2. Furniture Polish
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. water
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix liquids in a spray bottle. Shake well and apply to furniture. Allow polish to sit for 5 minutes before buffing with a dry polishing cloth.

3. No Wax Floor Cleaner
1/4 cup lemon juice
8 drops dish soap
3 tbsp. skim milk or powdered milk
2 cups warm water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and spray directly onto floor. Use a microfiber cloth to clean, then rinse the floor as needed. This method does not require a bucket and uses less cleaner and water than traditional methods.

4. Ant Repellant
Ground Cinnamon

Find where the trail of ants is entering your home and spread ground cinnamon around the entire area. Ants do not like the smell and will go back to the nest with cinnamon stuck on their legs, moving out shortly after.

5. Chrome, Copper, and Brass Cleaner
1 whole lemon
1 small dish of sea salt

Cut the lemon in half and dip it in the salt. Rub the salted lemon on the tarnished metal. Then squeeze the juice of the lemon out slowly to cover the metal. Once clean, wash in warm water with a gentle dish soap.

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