Have you ever checked the back of your cleaning products and been concerned about what kind of chemicals you are spreading in your home? Making your own cleaning products to use at home is not only better for the environment, but it’s also cost-effective and ensures that you, your children and pets are not exposed to harmful chemicals every day.
All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 1 qt warm water
Mix the water and baking soda together, and that’s all you need to clean your counters, inside your refrigerator, and all your appliances. The baking soda is a great deodorizer and helps to make your stainless steel appliances and sink shine. Pour the mixture onto a clean sponge and wipe surfaces clean.
Shower & Tub Cleaner
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 part natural dishwashing liquid
When cleaning your bathroom, you may need a stronger cleaner than the all-purpose to work on tough soap scum and water stains. Heat up the one part white vinegar in the microwave until it’s hot, and then add it to a spray bottle with the dishwashing liquid. Shake it gently to mix the products. This product can smell very strong, so ensure that you have windows open or a fan in the bathroom to promote ventilation. Liberally spray the mixture around the shower or tub and let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes. After it rests, scrub the mixture off and rinse.
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 to 2 parts baking soda
This mixture can help you not only remove bad smells from drains, but also unclog them. Start by pouring the baking soda into the drain, followed by the white vinegar. This will create a bubbling effect that you should let sit for about an hour. After it sits, pour boiling water down the drain. If the drain is particularly clogged or smelly, you may need to repeat this process.
- ½ cup baking soda
- 2 – 3 Tbsp water (approximately)
- ½ cup white vinegar (approximately)
This oven cleaner is an overnight remedy. Mix the baking soda and water into a bowl until it creates a paste. Use this paste and spread it over all the walls in your oven, and scrub it in wherever needed. Let that sit in your oven overnight. The next morning, use the white vinegar in a spray bottle to spray it over all the baking soda you see. This will create a foam that you will be able to wipe with a damp cloth and rinse clean.
Window and Mirror Cleaner
- 14 cups water
- 4 cups white vinegar
- 2 tbls Dawn dish detergent
- 2 tbls Jet Dry
Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake thoroughly. Spray directly onto the glass or mirrored surface and then wipe clean. To learn more about this recipe and our story in developing it, check out our post here: https://www.setcleaning.com/blog/
Carpet Stain Cleaner
- Baking soda (enough to cover the stain)
- 1 Tbsp natural liquid dishwashing soap
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water
Get rid of those tough carpet stains with this great mixture! Start by spreading baking soda over the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Once it rests, vacuum up the baking soda. After that, combine the rest of the ingredients into a bowl, and use a sponge to treat the stain with the mixture. Use a dry cloth to blot the area dry. Continue this cycle until the stain is removed.
Bathroom Mold Deterrent
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3%)
- 2 parts water
Help prevent the build up of mold on your bathroom tile grout and remove health risks associated with mold with this easy mold deterrent. Mix the water and hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray onto areas with mold. Let the mixture rest for at least one hour before rinsing it clean.
Safety Tip: When making your own products, remember that you should never mix ammonia-based cleaners with products containing bleach or chlorine bleach (such as powdered dishwasher detergent). Mixing these types of products can produce harmful fumes. It’s also important that you label each bottle and product that you use in the event that your children or pets get into it, you are aware of what they’ve been exposed to.
Here at SET Cleaning, we only use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, ensuring that we treat our clients’ homes as we would our own. We hold ourselves to high standards of quality and professionalism, as well as hold ourselves accountable to be environmentally conscious.