Instead of caustic chemicals, natural, homemade cleaners eliminate toxic chemicals that are in most store bought cleaners. With only a little effort, you can quickly make your own cleaning products from inexpensive and common household ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and borax.
Essential oils are an optional addition to homemade cleaning products and many of them, like lavender and tea tree oil, have a antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial qualities, as well as a pleasant and all-natural fragrance.
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Here are several easy substitutes for common household cleaners:
- Spray window cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1 quart warm water in a spray bottle. Spray windows (a cloudy day is best), rub with a clean rag and polish with crumpled newspaper.
- Mold and mildew treatment: Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one cup distilled water and spray on the mold and mildew.
- Natural carpet deodorizer: Mix baking soda with your favorite essential oil. Sprinkle it on the carpet and let it sit for an hour, then vacuum.
- Drain cleaner: To clear your drains, add one-cup baking soda and one-cup vinegar to a large pot of boiling water (it will fizz) and pour down the drain. This will break up fatty, greasy clogs. Flush the drain with tap water until the clog clears.
Note: You should never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach, as these two chemicals when combined create a deadly gas.
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