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Make Your Own Homemade Cleaning Products

Healthy cleaning that saves money and the environment

A big reason to make you own homemade cleaning products is to save money. We are seeing more and more companies provide us with more natural and safer green cleaning products. They are our eco friendly options to toxic cleaning solutions. Now we can feel better about using products that are better for the environment but some of them are just too costly and there still is the packaging to consider. Should we be making our own cleaning items?

I have to admit I like the idea of using homemade cleaning solutions but I'm just not interested in making all my own products. Some homemade products work great, some not so much and some work great but don't smell so hot. Does vinegar come to mind?

Lemons, now you're talking. Fresh, fragrant and yes, clean smelling and they come in their own little biodegradeable packaging. I always have them on hand. Give me a lemon and some ideas on how to use it and I'll try it.

What Kind Of Homemade Cleaning Products Would Work For You?

If you were so inclined you could make all your own cleaning products. Everything from laundry cleaners to bathroom cleaners can be made at home. Some require ingredients that most of us have on hand while others require a few extra ingredients to work. It comes down to does it work, is it easy to make and use, will there be real savings and do you really want to make your own.

Only you can decide. For me I take the middle ground I have some homemade cleaning products I make and others I buy. I am including some of my favorites here with some links to sites that provide more thorough info for those of you who would like to experiment even more.

My Basics

  • Lemons

  • Citric acid gives it it's fresh scent, bleaching, stain removing, deodorizing and bacteria fighting capabilities.

    1. To clean food stains on a counter. Cut a lemon in half. Sprinkle some baking soda or cream of tartar on the counter squeeze a little lemon juice on top and use the lemon itself to scrub. Allow to dry and wipe with a clean cloth. Alternately you can make a paste with some lemon juice.

    2. For stubborn food stains saturate with lemon juice and let set until dry. Wipe clean. Repeat if needed.

    3. A cut lemon makes a good chrome polish. Just rub on and polish with a clean cloth.

    4. Deodorize and kill germs on wooden cooking utensils and cutting boards by rubbing with a cut lemon or some lemon juice and rinsing clean. Allow to thoroughly dry.

    5. Lemon juice and baking soda can be used to clean your stove top.

    6. Clean copper with mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt or just sprinkle one of them on lemon half and rub. Rinse clean.

    7. Scrub your stainless steel sink with lemons and baking soda. Rinse clean.

    8. Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle of your laundry instead of bleach.

  • Vinegar

  • Despite it's smell which disappears when it dries, I do use vinegar around the house for a few things. It is a popular for many homemade cleaning products and has many uses as a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.

    1. Dissolve mineral deposits in tea kettles by pouring straight vinegar into kettle and soaking overnight. Scrub and rinse clean.

    2. For minerals on a shower head, remove the shower head and soak in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. If it can't be removed fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and tie on to showerhead.

    3. For any hard water stains soak a rag with vinegar, cover stain and leave for an hour. Wipe with a damp towel.

    4. Add 1/2 cup vinegar to final rinse cycle of laundry to deodorize and soften.

    5. Mix even amounts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle for window cleaning.

    6. Vinegar and baking soda mixed together as a paste is great to use to clean soap scum. This is much easier to do if you don't let the scum build up.

  • Baking Soda

  • It is very easy and handy to have on hand for so many uses.

    1. Use this on anything that needs a little gentle scrubbing or stain removal. Just mix with a little water and rinse.

    2. Of course we all know about how good baking soda is as a deodorizer for garbage cans, refrigerators, drains kitty boxes and more.

    More Homemade Cleaning Products

    Below you will find a links for even more homemade cleaning products.

  • For many other uses for baking soda see How Stuff Works.

  • Go right to the experts when it comes to using vinegar by visting The Vinegar Institute

  • Love lemons and want more uses for them see 30 Extraordinary Uses For Lemons.

  • A very thorough list of recipes for making your own homemade cleaning products for practically anything that needs to be cleaned. See Clean and Green.

  • If you haven't seen "How Clean Is Your House" yet be sure to check it out. Two British ladies clean up houses of the very messy. They are too funny. One look at some of the houses these ladies go in to clean and somehow your house doesn't seem to bad afterall. They also provide some great house cleaning tips many times using natural items. Make sure to watch How Clean Is Your House?

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