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Homemade cleaning solutions that work

Homemade cleaning solutions

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It is such a pleasure living in a clean and healthy home, isn’t it? Cleaning is a hard job. We work hard to keep our homes clean and safe for our families. Apart of annoying cleaning process, we also must choose the right cleaning solutions for it. In supermarkets we can see numbers of different cleaning sprays, soaps, liquids, powders etc. Furthermore, most of cleaning solutions contain chemicals that definitely are not great to breath. Sometimes, we can’t avoid chemicals because some stains are really hard to remove with natural or homemade products. However, we can at least reduce the usage of chemicals in our daily life.

In this article I would like to share with you amazing homemade solutions for different purposes that work.

Home-made all-purpose Cleaner

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The natural cleaning solution reduces germs and leaves the whole room smell clean and fresh. Use the recipe below for general cleaning needs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide 
  • 1 teaspoon unscented liquid Castile soap 
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil 
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil 

Add these ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake it before use. When removing mildew and soap build-up, spray first, then sprinkle on baking soda and scrub with a sponge.

Homemade Spray Air Freshener

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Make your home smell amazing naturally! This recipe is perfect especially for people who are sensitive to smells or chemicals. Only three simple ingredients are required.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vodka (any type of vodka will work. You can choose the cheapest option)
  • 15-20 drops of your favourite essential oil

Place all ingredients to a 32-ounce spray bottle and spray into the air.

Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner  

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Would you like to enjoy a better view through your windows? Use this simple recipe and soft cotton or micro fiber cloths for better results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap

Add these simple ingredients to a 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake it well to mix all ingredients together. Use to clean windows or glass surfaces.

Homemade Natural Floor Cleaner

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Vinegar helps to clean floors in natural way. Use it to get floors spic and span.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Litres of distilled water
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar

Mix distilled water and vinegar and mop your floors.

Note: Vinegar and other acidic cleaners should not be used on stone floors.

Homemade Carpet Stain Remover

Most of us like carpers. Carpets are soft and fluffy underfoot. They make a room cosier and warmer, but the dark side of any carpets is that the material is absorbent and prone to staining. It is important to take a regular care of your carpets by using professional cleaners. It is an investment that 100% worth it. Some homeowners come to the point where nothing can help their carpets anymore. The colour of the carpet become dimmer and stains absorbed deeply into the carpet. When this happens, it is become very hard or even impossible to bring the condition of the carpet back. That is why it is significant to take care of your carpet on a regular basis. Deep clean your carpet at least 2-3 times a year. Also, if you see stains on your carpet, remove it straight away. It’s also important to match the type of stain to the kind of cleaner you use. For example, the stain remover recipe below is effective on protein-based stains like blood, bodily fluids, dairy products, baby formula, eggs, and baby food.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of table salt
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of borax powder 

Mix ingredients into a paste and apply to the stained area. Let it dry for 24 hours and vacuum. The paste kills bacteria and acts as a deodoriser as it removes the stain. After vacuuming, clean the area with water. Blot well with a clean, dry white cloth.

Note: Always test in an inconspicuous spot first.

Homemade Cleaners for Synthetic Carpets

Dip a white cloth into these homemade carpet cleaners for synthetic rugs and apply to the stain area.

  • Detergent solution: Mix ¼ teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent into one cup of warm water
  • Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water
  • Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent or non-acetone nail polish remover

Note: Always test in an inconspicuous spot first.

Homemade Cleaners for Natural Fiber Carpets

Place these natural fiber carpet cleaning solutions (except the solvent) in spray bottles and apply onto the stain.

  • Detergent solution: Mix one teaspoon of translucent liquid dishwashing detergent into 1 cup of warm water
  • Vinegar solution: Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of water
  • Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with ½ cup of warm water
  • Solvent solution: Same as for synthetic carpets: use an oil solvent or non-acetone nail polish remover

Note: Always test in an inconspicuous spot first.

How to Remove Food and Drink Stains from Carpets

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For removing wine, coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, beer, tomato sauce, ketchup, berries, hard candy, juice, soda stains.

  1. Dip a white cloth into the homemade detergent solution for synthetic carpets (see above) and spread repeatedly. Then press the cloth on the spot and hold it for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes (to break down the stain), then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
  2. Dip a cloth into the vinegar solution for synthetic carpets (see above) and spread it repeatedly. Press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait another 15 minutes. (Do not miss this step, because white vinegar removes residual detergent, which will attract dirt if left in the carpet.)
  3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in warm water. Wait until the carpet fully dry. For hard stains, place white paper towels over the stain after step 2, then put a baking dish on top for 15 minutes.
  4. If you see the stain lightening, repeat these steps until it is gone.

Note: Always test in an inconspicuous spot first.

 

Natural fiber carpets and rugs

Follow the steps below to treat coffee, beer, and tea stains.

Spray the stain with the homemade detergent solution for natural fiber carpets, then remove wetness with a dry white cloth.

  1. Spray stains with vinegar solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry and clean white cloth.
  2. Spray stains with detergent solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  3. Spray stains with warm water, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  4. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone.

To remove hard candy, chocolate, berries, juice, wine, soda, and milk stains:

Follow steps 1 to 3 (above), with one addition: Before applying the vinegar solution in step 2, spray the stain with the ammonia solution for natural fiber carpets (see above), then blot with a dry white cloth.

To remove ketchup and tomato sauce stains:
 
Follow steps 1 to 3 (above), but substitute the ammonia solution for the vinegar solution in step 2.

How to Remove Oil and Grease Stains From Carpets

Follow steps below to treat salad dressing, butter, cheese, eggnog, cooking oil, tree sap, crayon, mascara, lipstick, lotion, and nail polish stains.

Synthetic fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Apply a small amount of homemade carpet cleaning solvent to a white cloth. Dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds.
  2. Rinse by blotting with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water
  3. Let the carpet completely dry.
  4. If you can see that the stain is getting lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.

Natural fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth, then blot.
  2. Spray the stain with detergent solution, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  3. Spray the stain with warm water, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  4. Wait until the carpet completely dry.
  5. If stains are getting lighter, repeat these steps until it is gone.

How to Remove Dirt and Mud From Carpets

Synthetic fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Remove any dry dirt with vacuum machine.
  2. Dip a white cloth into the detergent solution for synthetic fiber carpets and dab repeatedly.
  3. Then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
  4. Dip another dry white cloth in warm water and dab repeatedly, then press it on the spot for a few seconds.

Natural fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Remove any dry dirt with vacuum machine.
  2. Spray the stain with the detergent solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  3. Spray stains with the vinegar solution for natural fiber carpets
  4. Then blot with a dry white cloth.
  5. Reapply the detergent solution, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  6. Spray the stain with warm water, then blot with a dry white cloth.

How to Remove Chewing Gum and Wax From Carpets

Synthetic fiber and natural fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Gently rub the spot with a bag filled with ice cubes until the stain become hard. Shatter it with a blunt object and vacuum up the chips.
  2. Apply a small amount of solvent with a white cloth, then blot.
  3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in warm water.

How to Clean Pet Accidents

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Synthetic fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution for synthetic fiber carpets and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds.
  2. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
  3. Dip the cloth into vinegar solution for synthetic fiber carpets and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait another 15 minutes.
  4. Wait one hour or until the carpet dries completely.
  5. Repeat the first three steps until the stain is gone.

Natural fiber carpets and rugs

  1. Spray the stain with detergent solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  2. Spray the stain with ammonia solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  3. Spray the stain with vinegar solution for natural fiber carpets, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  4. Reapply the detergent solution, then blot with a dry white cloth.
  5. Spray the stain with lukewarm water, then blot with a dry white cloth.

Homemade Oven Cleaner
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Recipe #1:

 

  • Baking soda (3 tablespoons)

  • Water (1.5 tablespoons)

Mix together baking soda and water. Apply to oven, let sit for 20 minutes, wipe clean.

Recipe #2:

  • 3 tablespoon of baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide

  • 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap

Mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap. Apply to oven, let it sit for 20 minutes, then wipe clean.

Homemade Natural Makeup Brush Cleanerwom

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel 
  •   2 tsp of baby mild castile soap 
  • 1 tsp skin-nourishing oil like almond or olive oil (optional)
  • 1 cup distilled water

Instructions

  1. In a bottle or mason jar, combine all the ingredients in the order listed (the recipe). Shake the bottle. This solution may be used multiple times to clean brushes. Store the mixture in the fridge.
  2. Combine as much of the mixture needed in a bowl. Add your makeup brushes to the mixture. I like to swish the brushes back in forth in the mixture and then let them soak for a few minutes. The mixture will go from clear to a dirty makeup mixture quickly. After a few minutes, remove the brushes, dump the solution, and rinse the brushes under the water.
  3. Let the brushes rest on a towel to dry. Repeat few times a month to keep your brushes clean.
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