Looking to avoid all of the nasty chemicals in normal household cleaners? We’re here for it. Swap your traditional cleaning products for these eco-friendly DIY cleaners.
All Purpose Cleaner
1 cup filtered water
1 cup white distilled vinegar
10 drops essential oil (give orange, lemon, lemongrass, or lavender a try)
That’s it! Combine it into a spray bottle, and spritz away on your household surfaces and appliances.
Remove Turmeric Stains From Your Counters
For non-natural countertops, mix baking soda and vinegar in equal amounts, let sit on the stain for up to an hour, and scrub to remove with a cloth. Repeat the process if the stain is stubborn.
If you have natural stone countertops, opt for baking soda and water instead.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Add up to 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a rag, and rub on the surfaces to remove smudges. Add up to 1 tablespoon of white vinegar on the other side of the rag and wipe the surface down.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 drops essential oil
Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together, then add 5 drops of essential oil. Pour into a mason jar, and using a nail, poke holes in the mason jar lid. Sprinkle on your carpet, let sit for at least 30 minutes and then vacuum it up.
Textile Freshening Spray
1/4 cup baking soda
10 drops essential oil
1-1/2 cups water
Funnel baking soda into a spray bottle, add the essential oil, then water and sake to combine. Always test your mixture out on a small area of your textiles (like under a couch cushion) to make sure it doesn’t leave a mark. Spray as needed for a scented boost.
2 cups water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dish soap
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, and shake to combine. Spray on windows, mirror and glass.
DIY Floor Cleaner
1 gallon distilled water
1/2 cup vinegar
Mix together distilled water and vinegar in a bucket and use to mop your floors.
Just keep in mind that vinegar and other acidic cleaners shouldn’t be used on stone floors.
Want to know more about the chemicals in traditional cleaning products, and how to avoid them? Check out our blog on the topic.
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