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How to Make Your Own Housecleaning Products

As consumers push towards “going green,” they are looking more and more at the cleaning products in their home. Typical products such as furniture polish and toilet bowl cleaners do contain large amounts of toxins. The alternative for many is to use items they likely already have on hand to create their own cleaning products. What about antibacterial germ-killing cleaners? These are not typically necessary in the average home.

Baking soda is truly a miracle substance, used for everything from eliminating stinky refrigerator odors to whitening teeth. It is also quite affordable, especially if you purpose a large box that can be found at large retailers or warehouse stores. Here are some great uses for baking soda:

  • Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and use a toothbrush to clean grout.
  • Baking soda and bleach combine to create a powerful cleaning combo. Put them both in the laundry for extra white whites or to clean greasy utensils.
  • Clean burnt food off of pans by using baking soda as an abrasive. For very sticky food, you can add water to the pan and bring it to a boil in order to use the heat to loosen last night’s chicken cacciatore.
  • Baking soda is mildly abrasive, so do test it on a surface to make sure it isn’t leaving tiny scratches in its wake.

Great on French fries and as the base for salad dressing, plain white vinegar is the other top ingredient in many homemade cleaning solutions:

  • Vinegar has a strong smell. When making cleaners, you can mix vinegar with water and add a few drops of lemon or other natural oil to mask the harsh smell. Your countertops will sparkle and your whole house will smell fresh.
  • Heavily soiled carpets can be revived with a ¼ cup of salt, borax and vinegar. Let the mixture sit for several hours before vacuuming. (Be sure to spot-test in an inconspicuous corner first.)
  • Remove lime scale from your favorite tea kettle by adding equal parts vinegar and water and bringing the solution to a rolling boil.

Here are some other tips for conquering tough cleaning problems with make-your-own cleaners:

  • Dull furniture? Mix three parts olive oil with one part vinegar for non-toxic furniture polish.
  • Mix about two tablespoons of cornstarch, a cup of white vinegar and about a gallon of water for your window washing solution. You can also use newspaper instead of paper towels!
  • Mix olive oil with lemon juice to use as a great shoe polish.

Making your own cleaning products can save you money and is often a green cleaning solution! However, if you are really busy (And who isn’t?), then you might want to bring in the professionals to help you clean. Contact the experts at My Cleaning Lady for fast and sparkling service. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit http://www.mycleaninglady.com/or call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.