We all love our homes smelling fresh and clean, but you don’t have to rely on store-bought cleaners with chemicals to do the job. These make-it-yourself cleaners contain only a few simple ingredients and can be put into recycled containers you already have around the house. Simply mix the listed ingredients together, make sure they’re blended well, and you’re ready to go.
Mix, spray, wipe, repeat. Use on any surface you would use a multipurpose cleaner.
After spraying this cleaner on glass or windows, be sure to use a dry towel or rag to avoid streaks.
You may want to wear gloves when mixing and using this one; hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on skin. Apply the mixture, suggested by HappyGoLuckyBlog.com, directly to the stain before washing. Make sure to test a small area of the fabric, to help make sure the stain remover won’t discolor it, and do not use on any clothing that is dry-clean-only.
Add this to the dishwasher compartment that holds detergent, and watch your dishes come out sparkling, says HouseLogic.com, which also offers some variations on the recipe.
Pour this mixture into toilet bowl and scrub the sides the same way you would with the store-bought stuff.
Sprinkle the mixture over grout and use a cleaning brush or sponge to scrub away grime.
Shake a thin layer over the entire surface of your carpet and let it sit for 39 minutes before vacuuming it up, suggests MoneySavingQueen.com.
Once you mix this up, put it in a spray bottle and use it to polish your wood furniture, DIY Network says. Spray it onto a soft cloth, then rub down the furniture to give it a sparkling shine.
To avoid streaks, be sure to use a dry towel or rag to completely wipe away the cleaner.
If you have a top-load washer, add this solution during the rinse cycle. If you have a front-load washer, add the solution to the softener compartment. And don’t worry—if you use the proper amount, your clothes should come out smelling vinegar-free.
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