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Making homemade cleaning products

Making homemade cleaning products can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to store-bought cleaners. Here are some simple recipes for DIY cleaning products using common household ingredients:

All-Purpose Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 10-20 drops essential oil (e.g., tea tree, lavender, lemon for fragrance and antibacterial properties)

Instructions:

  1. Combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add baking soda slowly, allowing foaming to subside.
  3. Add essential oil for fragrance.
  4. Shake well before use.

Glass Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Add cornstarch and shake well.
  3. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth or newspaper.

Disinfectant Spray:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol (at least 70% isopropyl)
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add tea tree and lavender oils.
  3. Shake well and spray on surfaces. Allow it to air dry.

Furniture Polish:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix olive oil and vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Add lemon essential oil and stir.
  3. Apply a small amount to a cloth and polish furniture.

Carpet Deodorizer:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender, eucalyptus)

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and essential oil in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the carpet.
  3. Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes, then vacuum.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Instructions:

  1. Pour baking soda into the toilet bowl.
  2. Add vinegar and tea tree oil.
  3. Let it fizz and sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush.

Remember to label your homemade cleaning products properly and store them in a cool, dark place. Always test a small, inconspicuous area before using any new cleaner on surfaces. Additionally, avoid mixing certain ingredients, such as vinegar and bleach, as they can produce harmful fumes.

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