Did you know that most traditional cleaning products on the market are made of petroleum? Petroleum, in addition to being harmful to the environment and to your lovely self, is a non-renewable source of energy. That is why we, at Downtown Maid, advocate the use of cleaning materials that play nice with the environment. So why use harmful chemicals when there are plenty of safe alternatives. How can you ensure that you’re living in a clean and healthy home?
You don’t need to buy cleaning supplies made with harsh, potentially unsafe chemicals! These easy-to-use home-made cleaners will keep your home chemical-free; making everything from your countertops to windows, bathrooms and more sparkling and smelling fresh!
Here is what you need:
Vinegar: the household superstar
Baking soda: the most versatile item in your kitchen
Lemon: for more than just squeezing it into your water
Now let’s see how you can use these!
1. Window/mirror cleaner: 2 teaspoons of white vinegar mixed into a quart of water. Use a spray bottle to spray it on your windows, then use old newspaper to wipe it off.
2. Bathroom cleaner: rub baking soda on your tub, sink and tiles with a damp sponge, rinse with clean water.
3. Toilet bowl cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda mixed with one cup of vinegar can be poured into toilet bowl. Leave it on for a few minutes, scrub with brush and rinse!
4. Scouring powder: instead of store-bought scouring powder, use baking soda. It will not scratch any surface. Apply baking soda directly with a wet sponge.
5. To remove mold: apply white vinegar with a sponge directly to mold.
6. To clean stainless steel, apply undiluted white vinegar with a clean cloth
7. To clean tile floors: mix 1 cup white vinegar with a gallon of water. Use a mop to clean floors.
8. To open clogged drains, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Don’t use on plastic pipes!
9. To remove carpet stains, spray equal parts white vinegar and water directly on stain. Let sit for several minutes, then clean with a brush using warm soapy water.
10. To clean chrome fixtures, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a spray bottle. Polish with a dry cloth to make them shine!