With spring cleaning upon us, it’s tempting to stock up on store-bought cleansers. Unfortunately, many of these cleansers are expensive and full of harsh chemicals. A homemaker can save money by learning to make household cleaners from what’s already at hand in the kitchen cabinets. Here are five home remedies to help with household cleaning:
1. Easy Window Washing Formula
For brilliantly clean and clear windows, all that needs to be done is to measure out a gallon of water and add four tablespoons of lemon juice to it. If the windows are really grungy, mix ammonia, rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dish washing liquid. Top up with enough water to make a gallon.
2. Unclogging the Sink
Some of the most damaging store-bought cleansers are for drains. They are full of chemicals that can cause the pipes to corrode. They can also kill the beneficial bacteria in a septic system. To gently unclog the sink, toss in about a handful of baking soda in the drain, then pour in about three cups of vinegar. Let it bubble for a moment or two, then flush it with a large saucepan of boiling water. When the boiling water runs out, flush with hot water from the tap. Doing this about every month or so should keep drains clear. Boiling water can also be flushed down the toilet now and then to loosen any clogs in its drain.
3. Treating Stains
For treating stains on fabrics, all that’s usually needed is the tiniest drop of dish washing detergent. It has everything that a laundry detergent has except brighteners. One precaution is that only a tiny drop should be used on the stain, as dish washing detergent does tend to lather up spectacularly in a washing machine.
4. A Remedy for Wood Furniture
Here are a couple of homemade cleansers to make sure that wood furniture stays in tip-top shape for a long time:
Add half a teaspoon of olive oil to a quarter cup of white vinegar. Add enough water for a pint. Also, a quarter cup of walnut oil and four drops of lemon extract is also good to rub on the wood now and then.
5. Baking Soda Rules
Baking soda is not only good as part of a drain opening formula but can be used to clean and polish everything from chrome, porcelain enamel, tiles, woodwork, coffee pots and refrigerators. Baking soda is a bit alkaline, and because of that it’s good for removing grease and dirt. If it’s made into a paste with a bit of water it’s mildly abrasive. Its mildly alkaline character is what allows baking soda to neutralize odors. When it comes to carpet cleaning in Orange County, a handful of baking soda can be sprinkled on the carpet then vacuumed up to keep the fibers fresh smelling.