Sooooo, did you stock up on your cleaning staples in the pantry. If you're anything like me you may have already had them in the cupboard. You ticked that box off. Yesss! But before you go, 'Great job Cara, now what do I do with them?!', here's the next blog to follow. The recipe blog that is the continuation of the healthy home hacks blog from last week. If you haven't read it or got your pantry staples ready make sure you head there to prep yourself.
So here you go. Some great recipes to keep you cleaning green.
Homemade Cleaning Recipes Examples
Mix ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar into around 2 litres of water and put the mixture into spray bottles. You can use this on all kinds of bathroom and kitchen surfaces, as well as windows. If you want, you can add a few drops of essential oil of choice.
Carpet stain remover.
Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply directly on the stain, let it work for a few minutes, and then scrub the stain with a brush and some warm soapy water. For new grease stains, you can cover them with some cornstarch, wait for it to absorb everything (20-30 minutes), then vacuum. For older carpet stains, you should mix equal parts borax, salt and vinegar into a paste. Rub the paste into the stained fabric and leave for a couple of hours. Then vacuum.
Mould and mildew removal.
Bathroom mould and mildew are a common problem in homes and a health concern. Mix two parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) into a spray bottle and spray all affected areas with the solution. Wait for it to work for at least an hour before rinsing. In some more severe cases you can use a soft bristled brush to scrub the surface, but make sure to wear a mask.
Oven and stovetop cleaner.
First moisten the oven surface or the stovetop with a sponge and water. Then get one cup of baking soda and sprinkle it all over the surfaces. Then get some vinegar and spray it all over the baking soda. Some foam will form, but don’t worry, this is what’s supposed to happen. Leave it to work overnight, and in the morning all you’ll have to do is wipe it away.
For general drain cleaning, you can mix ½ cup salt in 2 litres of hot (but not boiling) water, stir a little and pour down the drain. If you have issues with blockage and grease buildup, you can try pouring ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, then ½ cup vinegar right after it. The foam that forms will unclog the pipes. After around 15 minutes you can pour some hot water in there to clear the leftovers. Be careful though, you don’t want to breathe in the fumes, they can be quite unpleasant.
There are countless recipes for homemade cleaners out there, so if you want to create a healthier environment, you can easily substitute all the harmful chemicals with some green alternatives. Their preparation is not so difficult and even fun. But for those who may not ifnd the DIY their thang, healthier and safer alternatives can be found here.
Co Author Bio: Jane Wilson is a mom, a blogger and the social and marketing manager of Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne – a licensed cleaning contractor, which specialises in all kinds of cleaning services for homes and businesses. They also provide green, natural and healthy cleaning, executed using biodegradable and plant-based detergents.