People these days are very interested in homemade cleaning solutions. This might be either for economical reasons, or to ensure that the products are environment friendly or maybe a health concern as there are a number of chemicals that may cause allergies or exaggerate certain medical conditions, such as asthma.
Many companies don’t reveal all ingredients of their products, this makes it difficult to figure out which product is suitable and so turning to homemade cleaning items is the right thing to do. Although these products cannot totally replace commercial products, they can substitute a few of them.
There are a few drawbacks to natural cleaning products one of them being, reduced shelf life. Natural products can not be stored for a long time and their shelf life is usually 2 months. Nevertheless, these homemade DIY recipes are still always in demand.
Here is a list of some DIY homemade cleaning products that might help you to stay away from chemicals and save money as well.
Shine your Glass
Glass gets easily stained no matter how many times you wipe it off, so whether it’s the glass on your tables, windows, cars or mirrors, you are probably exhausted of keeping them clean all the time. You may have been using that blue coloured solution for years as your favourite glass cleaner and no doubt it works well, but if you are looking for a natural homemade replacement then we have the perfect alternative.
All you need is just two ingredients, water and vinegar. Mix them in equal parts i.e. 50% Water and 50% Vinegar. Spray it on any glass surface and wipe it clean with a piece of paper. Admire the results!
Unclog the Shower Head
You must have faced that annoying situation when the shower head gets clogged and water starts spurting in all directions. This happens as holes get blocked from mineral deposits, thereby resulting in a thin stream of water.
It is necessary to clean your shower heads regularly, not only to improve water flow but also because it may harbour the growth of bacteria. According to a study, shower heads serve as a very suitable environment for microbial growth. The moist and warm surface favours bacterial multiplication.
The easiest way to open a blocked shower head is to tie a plastic bag with vinegar around the shower head. Leave it for at least 12 hours and then remove the bag and rinse the shower head. You will be amazed to see all mineral deposits cleared up.
Remove Carpet Stains
Carpet stains are unavoidable especially when you have young children. Even a grownup can spill a cup of coffee, wreaking havoc on your expensive carpet. Wiping with a detergent may not be of much help as these stains do not come off easily.
The solution to this problem is also vinegar. It is a mild disinfectant that can deodorize and degrease surfaces. Make a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water. Spray this onto the stain and leave it for a few minutes. Prepare some soap water as well. Now with the help of a sponge use this soap water to wipe off the vinegar and water mixture, removing the stain along with it.
Cornstarch is another alternative preferred for grease spots. Just sprinkle some cornstarch on the grease spot and leave it for about half an hour before vacuuming.
Scrub off Grout
Grout is the area between two tiles that joins them together by filling in concrete. These narrow margins serve as an ideal place for dirt buildup, making them extremely tough to remove. Even mopping the floor regularly may not help. Eventually your kitchen and bathroom tiles may start to look old and dirty.
There are a number of grout cleaners available in stores, but if you are in search of a homemade product, mix water and baking soda in a ratio of 1:3 to form a paste. Apply this paste to grout. Leave it for a few minutes and then scrub it with a brush. This will make your floor clean and lustrous.
Marble is the most common stone used in kitchen and bathrooms as slabs, flooring, tables etc. When dealing with marble surfaces, it is important to use products that are not acidic. Citric acid, or any other acid, can destroy granite surfaces. Make sure you never add ingredients like lemon or vinegar to your cleaning solutions.
A great and easy way to clean marble with natural homemade products, is by mixing water with dishwashing liquid. Use a sponge to clean the surface and then simply rinse it with water.
Lisa Brown has been helping her readers in successful business and entrepreneurial strategies for the past 3 years. She currently works with uae.ekuep.com, which is the answer to UAE’s growing restaurant industry. Ekuep is the brand that restaurants, bakeries, cafes, juice bars, and more turn to when they want to stock their kitchens with only the best restaurant equipment.