Homeowners do everything they can to keep the monthly budget in check, but sometimes, they have to spend more than necessary. Cut your spending and save up on cleaning products. Here’s a list of nature-friendly cleaning solutions you can easily create at home.
1. Keep windows and mirrors clear.
Crystal clear windows and mirrors are signs of a tidy home. Instead of using commercial products to keep them clean, you mix a solution of 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. Store the solution in a spray bottle, spray on a soft cloth, and wipe on the glass. Say goodbye to the streaks and smudges in no time.
2. Scrub away those hard stains.
Tough stains like rust on enamel sinks or porcelain call for a heavy-duty solution. Battle this with a combination of lemon and borax laundry booster. Just dip the lemon into the borax, scrub on the surface, and rinse. This is not advisable to use on marble and granite.
3. Get rid of all the grease.
The oven hood and grills are prone to be greasy especially when you cook frequently. A half cup of sudsy ammonia mixed with water is powerful enough to remove the grease and grime. Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe it over the surface.
4. Clean and deodorize all-around the house.
If you want to keep the kitchen counter top and refrigerator free from dirt and foul smells, all you have to do is mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water. Wet a sponge with the solution and wipe away.
5. Battle bad stains on clothing.
When your garments get badly stained and you don’t have a strong stain remover in the laundry, there’s a last-resort solution you can use. Mix a gallon of hot water, a cup of dishwasher detergent, and a cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach. Mix them in a stainless steel bowl, and dip the garment for 15 to 20 minutes. Check if the stain is still there, and soak for a few minutes more when necessary.
6. Remove the white ring on the table.
Do you notice those white rings left accidentally on the wooden table? This is the result of not having a coaster. To remove it on wood, lacquer, or other antique furniture, rub the area with a dampen cloth with an equal mixture of non-gel toothpaste and baking soda. Remember to rub along the grain of the wood.
7. Clean marble counters with ease.
A lot of houses nowadays have natural stone counter tops. Keep them clean with a mix of mild dish-washing liquid and warm water. Use a sponge and rinse it completely. For an attractive finish, you can buff the surface with a soft cloth.