Since I use a lot of cleaning products this time of year, I tend to make my own to save money and make sure that my dog and my family are healthy and safe. Today, I want to share my simple "recipes" for eco and budget friendly cleaners.
- Abrasive Cleanser (use in place of toilet bowl cleaners and tile cleaners) - Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 3 tablespoons of Kosher salt in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle the mixture onto counter tops, tile, or into the toilet bowl. If you need more cleaning power, add enough water to make a paste. Put the paste onto the surface to be cleaned let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub with a damp rag.
- Mildew/Grease Remover (use in place of kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners) - Buy an empty spray bottle (I bought mine at a dollar store). You can fill this bottle with equal parts of vinegar and water or equal parts lemon juice and water. I use lemon juice and water for my stove top and bathroom and kitchen counters, and the vinegar on windows, mirrors, and glass.
- Disinfectant (use instead of bleach) - 4 cups of water, 5 tablespoons of dish soap, and 50 drops of tea tree oil. This works great on door handles and toys!
- Oven Cleaner - Make a paste off baking soda and water and apply to the inside of your oven. Let it sit at least 8 hours (I let mine sit overnight) and in the morning, scrub off buildup. Finish off with a clean wet rag for a spotless interior!
- Floor Cleaner - I use an eco-friendly commercial dish soap and warm water on my tile floors. For my hardwood floors, I use a rag dampened with vinegar and water. I only do this about twice a year. The rest of the time I sweep, vacuum, or spot clean with plain water.