- Baking Soda is a mild alkali that dissolves grease and dirt.
- Alcohol-based sanitisers and soap and water are effective ways of killing corona virus on your hands.
- Homemade, natural cleaning products do not contain dangerous chemicals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been notoriously hard to buy cleaning products. Some items are essential; they are needed to disinfect phones, counter-tops and doorknobs in order to stop the spread and contraction of the virus. Others are required for daily housework tasks. Luckily, you can make your own cleaning products with ingredients you have in your cupboards. The majority of homemade solutions are free of toxins, better for the environment, and are more cost-effective. Read on below to find out 10 cleaning product recipes that actually work.
10. Toilet cleaner
This is an easy recipe that uses ingredients you will already have at home. For a pristine toilet, pour in a good amount of white vinegar and a generous shake of baking soda. Leave it to sit for a couple of minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to give the mixture a nice smell.
9. Window cleaner
This mixture can be used on any glass surfaces, like windows and mirrors. Simply mix one part of white vinegar to four parts water, you can also add a few drops of lemon juice or essential oil for a fresh scent.
8. Multi-purpose cleaner
Creating a homemade multi-purpose cleaner is super easy. All you need is ½ a cup of distilled white vinegar, two cups of water, and an essential oil of your choice. You will also need a spray bottle – opt for a glass version to be eco-friendly. Add the ingredients into the bottle and give it a gentle shake, then spray the mixture onto kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Do not use this cleaner on natural stone countertops like granite or marble as it may damage them.
7. Stain remover
For stains on clothes and carpets, you can create a mixture of one cup hydrogen peroxide and ½ cup of dish soap. Add it to a spray bottle, spritz onto stains, and work in with your finger. For light stains on carpets, use two tablespoons of salt dissolved in ½ a cup of white vinegar. If you notice your carpets could do with a little freshening up, create a mixture of two cups of baking soda and around 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake it over your carpets, leave for a couple of hours and then vacuum it up.
6. Kitchen cleaner
Clean kitchen appliances with a mixture of four tablespoons of baking soda and one-quart warm water. You can use this to clean counters, inside of the refrigerator, and appliances. Make a paste of baking soda and water to shine stainless steel and pour baking soda directly from the box into drains or garbage disposal to deodorize.
5. Oven cleaner
If you have stubborn, burnt-on grease in your oven, this homemade solution will leave it sparkling clean without using any harsh chemicals. Simply mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one and a half tablespoons of water and spread over the area that needs attention. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wipe off. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, and the water helps dissolve burnt-on particles.
4. Drain cleaner
The easiest homemade drain cleaner is a couple of tablespoons of dish soap mixed with two liters of boiling water, which is then slowly poured down the sink. You may need to repeat this method a couple of times, but the detergent will slowly but surely loosen any grease in the drain. Alternatively, you can pour ½ a cup of baking soda followed by ½ a cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain and let sit for an hour. Once an hour is up, pour boiling water down the drain.
3. Black mold remover
The cheapest homemade mold remover combines one part vinegar to one part water. Add to a spray bottle, shake up, and apply to the affected area. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping off. For a less natural, but equally as effective, homemade treatment, use a combination of bleach and borax. You will need ¼ cup of chlorine bleach, one and a half cups of water, and one tablespoon of borax. Mix in a spray bottle, apply to the affected area and let sit for 30 minutes. When 30 minutes is up, wipe and rinse with clean water.
2. Floor cleaner
As vinegar is a disinfectant, it is ideal to use on floors. Use ½ cup of distilled white vinegar and one gallon of warm water; halve the amounts if you have less floor space. There will be an initial smell of vinegar, but the scent will disappear once dry. For a more pleasant aroma when you are cleaning your floors, you can add between 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the solution. You can use this solution on all floor types. If you have isopropyl rubbing alcohol, you can add ¼ cup to your solution. This helps de-grease and disinfect. Additionally, you can add a teaspoon of dish soap to help dissolve dirt. Do not use a dish soap that states it contains moisturizing, anti-bacterial, or oxygenated bleach ingredients as this could damage your floors.
1. Disinfectant wipes
For this, you will need a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, an old t-shirt or washcloths, 70% rubbing alcohol, and essential oil. Add two cups of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and 20 drops of essential oil into the jar. Mix to combine. Then, add cut up pieces of t-shirt or washcloths. T-shirts are good for just wiping down sides and counter-tops while washcloths are better for gentle scrubbing. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, you can use white vinegar.