We seem to now find ourselves in the age of the “Do-It-Yourselfer”. People are always trying to find new ways that they can create their own products. There are several reasons for this. The first is that, generally, when people make their own products they are cheaper than the comparable product that they would purchase from the store. Since we are in a time of economic downturn, this is an important benefit for many.
The second large benefit from making our own household products is that they will generally contain fewer harmful chemicals. These chemicals that do-it-yourself products do not have are often carcinogens or toxins that we would prefer not to have in our body. If these benefits seems like something that you are interested in, try some of these at home remedies for household cleaning products.
1. Homemade Air Freshener.
Many people like to keep a spare can of Febreeze in almost every room in their house, but what they do not realize is that aerosol cans are filled with toxins, as well as the Febreeze itself. In order to make your own spray air freshener, you will need three ingredients: an empty spray bottle, vinegar, and the rinds of the fruit you would like your air freshener to smell like (generally citrus fruits work best). Simply put vinegar into the spray bottle along with the fruit rinds and let the mixture sit for several days. After these several days, spray away!
2. Baking soda is your best friend.
Most everyone has baking soda in their homes at all times, but did you know that the contents of that little box can be used for so many things? Simply sprinkle it on surfaces and scrub with a wet sponge. You will be amazed at how much your counter tops, stove tops, and even sinks sparkle!
3. Squeaky clean wood.
A lot of people spend large amounts of money on the liquid wood cleaners that you put in your mop bucket and add water, but there is a much cheaper solution that you already have in your home, and that’s vinegar! Simply add about a half cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and mop your floors as your normally would. This mixture will be safer for your family and kinder to your wallet.
4. Tub and tile cleaner.
Often times cleaning tubs and tile can be a difficult and dirty job. Because of this, people think that harsh chemicals are the only way to combat these grimy surfaces. Instead of using the chemicals, get out these 4 ingredients: 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup liquid soap, 1/2 cup of water, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Be sure to add the vinegar last so it does not react with the baking soda and ruin your mixture. To use this cleaner, simply spread the cleaner wherever you want to clean and scrub off immediately.
If you are looking to help your health and your financials, try making some of these recipes today.
Author Pam Johnson is a nurse who obtained her degree from one of the Top Online Master’s in Nursing Programs in the country. She promotes natural living to all of her patients in the way of diet, exercise, and using ordinary and natural household items for cleaning.