Cleaning solutions You Can Make Yourself

Homemade Cleaners You Can Make Yourself


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The key ingredients you need just might be hiding on your kitchen shelves.

Some of the items in your pantry (like baking soda and vinegar) are effective cleaners and, even better, inexpensive. So the next time you have guests coming over, but you’re out of your favorite cleaning product, don’t run to the store — try one of these standbys instead, you might find you like them more and they will save you a bucket-load.

Safety tip:

Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first. Remember, Safety first always.

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1. Brass cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Table salt

    – To clean non-lacquered cabinet pulls, bathroom accessories, and more, dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth. Do not apply this mixture to stainless steel.


2. All-purpose cleaner and deodorizer

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 litre warm water

    – To clean kitchen counters, appliances, and the inside of your refrigerator, all you need is baking soda, and It makes a great deodorizer and can be used to shine stainless steel sinks and appliances. Just pour the above solution on a clean sponge and wipe.


3. Glass Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
  • 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional), eucalyptus oil can also be used as an additive

    – The next time you need to wash your windows and mirrors, combine these ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day, because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.

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4. Heavy-duty scrub

What you’ll need:

  • Half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup borax, a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle

    – Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs are no match for this cleaner. Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub the surface, then rinse. (This is not safe for marble or granite.)


5. Grease cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-litre container.

    – Sudsy ammonia, which has detergent in it, helps remove tough grime. Clean your oven hoods and grills by dipping a sponge or mop into the solution and wiping over the surface, then rinse with clear water. Be careful to not inhale the ammonia fumes (personal experience here, it’s not a nice feeling).


6. Water ring remover

What you’ll need:

  • One part white non-gel toothpaste, preferably with fluoride
  • One part baking soda

    – Places you’ve accidentally left a water ring (but not on unfinished wood, lacquer, or antiques), dampen a cloth with water, add the toothpaste mixture, and rub with the grain to buff over the spot. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off. Use another soft cloth for a final shine. Polish as you normally would.


7. Last-resort clothing stain remover

What you’ll need:

  • 1 litre hot water
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup regular liquid chlorine bleach, not ultra or concentrate

    – Treat badly stained washable or bleach-able garments by mixing the above ingredients into a stainless steel, plastic, or enamel bowl (not aluminum). Soak garment for 15 to 20 minutes. If stain is still there, let it soak a bit longer, then wash the item as usual.


8. Marble cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • A drop or two of mild dish-washing liquid, non-citrus-scented
  • 2 cups warm water

    – Mix the detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone counter-tops. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.


9. Scented all-purpose cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

    – Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the solution to freshen laundry, banishes spots on carpeting, and much more. Plus, the fruit’s acid adds extra cleaning properties — perfect for stubborn stains. You may want to make larger quantities than just one spray bottle worth.


We hope you have found the above list of home-made cleaning solutions helpful. Remember, if you are wanting to gain more free time to spend with your children, family or that project you’ve been wanting to get stuck into, then why not give us a call at Redgum Cleaning and we can take care of all your house-hold cleaning to enable you to take advantage of that generated free time. Please send us a message or click for a free quote.