DIY Safe And Effective Household Cleaning Solutions That Won't Break The Bank!


I did it, I did it! I finally kicked the LAST harsh chemical cleanser out of my life, and I want to show you that you can too!


Here's the story, I had been using the same massive shaker of powdered cleanser for years, and finally I was starting to run out. So, I made it my mission to find something that could clean my bathtub and faucet as well as a traditional cleanser, but it had to be cheap and safe for use around pets. 

First, I tried vinegar, but it wasn't strong enough to tackle the soap scum at the bottom of the bathtub. Even with copious amounts of scrubbing, the results were clean but still kind of lack luster. 

Next, I decided to try shampoo, which may sound odd, but it was right there and well, why not. The shampoo actually cleaned pretty good, but again it required too much scrubbing, and it left the tub a bit too slick for my liking.

So, I decided to reach out, I asked some friends what they used, and one gal suggested I try baking soda. A light bulb instantly went off and I felt silly for not thinking of trying that myself. 

So, I wet my scrubby sponge and poured some baking soda on the bottom of the tub, I began scrubbing and the soap scum pretty much started melting away with very little effort. After scrubbing the entire tub with the baking soda + water paste, I let it sit for a few minutes. When I rinsed, all that remained way a perfectly shining faucet and tub. I was shocked. It worked pretty much just as well as powdered cleanser, without the fumes! I was sold. I have used this method many times since, and every time it has done the trick. It also makes me happy to know that this cleaning method is pet safe, so I don't have to worry when my dog decides he wants to sample his bath water!

So, without further adieu, I will share with you what I use to clean my house. Everything I use is safe, effective, affordable, and suitable for anyone who wants to kick commercial cleansers to the curb!

Bathroom

Toilet outside - Undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle and paper towel.

Toilet inside - Spray white vinegar and let sit for a few minutes, then use toilet cleaning brush. I also like to spray down the toilet brush with white vinegar after use to prevent any sort of bacterial growth.

Sink and bathtub - Baking soda liberally sprinkled onto a wet sponge, gently scrub with a non-scratching scrubby sponge, let sit for a few minutes, then rinse.

Faucets and shower head - Undiluted vinegar and a soft cloth. Clean these items often to avoid build up and water spots.

Check out that shine!

Floors - Bucket of water + 1/4 cup white vinegar and a tiny squirt of biodegradable liquid dish soap and a mop.

Vinyl Shower Curtain - Spray down with undiluted white vinegar, let sit for a few minutes, then carefully wipe down with a soft sponge, taking care not to pull the shower curtain off the rod.

Living room

Carpet dry cleaning - The night before you want to do a deep dry clean, sprinkle carpet with baking soda and then in the morning vacuum it up. The baking soda will remove any odours and leave your room feeling refreshed.

Carpet wet cleaning - Instead of using commercial carpet cleaner, I just add 1/2 cup white vinegar and a squirt of clear biodegradable liquid dish soap to my shampooer.

Organic Carpet stains - Spray stain with vinegar, let sit for a few moments, then sprinkle on some baking soda and let sit for a few more minutes, blot gently, working from the outside of the stain towards the center. This works great for pet urine, mud, and general dingy areas.


Inorganic Carpet stains - For stains like ink, wine, furniture polish. I tend to use rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. Spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then working carefully not to disrupt carpet fibers, gently scrub from the outside of the stain inward. Please test on an inconspicuous area first to test for colorfastness. 

Windows, Mirrors, and Light Switches - A spray bottle filled with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water. Spray on windows (Inside or outside), let sit briefly, then wipe off with wadded up newspaper. I'm not sure why newspaper cleans windows so well, but it really does, plus it's a nice way to reuse newspaper before recycling! 


Wooden furniture - I make my own furniture polish by pouring about 1 tsp of vegetable oil (any kind) onto a porous rag with a few drops of orange essential oil (optional). Work the oil into the furniture in the same direction as the grain, making sure to get into all nooks and crannies. Then, with a clean dry rag, continue in the same direction of the grain, gently buffing off any excess oil.

Nourish Wooden Furniture Naturally!
Kitchen

Stainless Steel or Enamel Sink and Faucet - Baking soda and a wet sponge to form a paste and a non-scratching scrubby sponge. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

Calcium Build Up Around Faucet - Use a toothbrush and scrub the area with undiluted white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then gently scrape off the calcium with a butter knife or a plastic putty knife. Make sure to do this very carefully, without gouging into the fixtures.

Counters, Stove Top, and Fridge (Inside and Out) - I use the same spray bottle of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Spray on, let sit, wipe off with a kitchen cloth.

Floors - Bucket of water + 1/4 cup white vinegar and a tiny squirt of biodegradable liquid dish soap and a mop. This really makes linoleum flooring shiny and clean.

Laundry Room

Malodorous High Efficiency Washing Machine - Fill soap, bleach, and fabric softener dispensers with undiluted white vinegar. Run the machine on the hottest setting. After, remove the soap tray and give it a good cleaning with hot soapy water and a toothbrush. With an old towel or paper towel, carefully clean under the door gasket (lots of weird black stuff builds up in there). I clean the door gasket after every use.

Malodorous High Efficiency Washing Machine Prevention - When doing laundry, do not use fabric softener as it builds up in the machine, instead fill fabric softener and bleach compartments with white vinegar, which will do three amazing things, it will soften your laundry, make your laundry smell nice and fresh, and keep your washing machine clean!

Below you'll find a list of everything that I used in the cleaning tips so you can pick up whatever you need next time you're out shopping. Everything on this list will cost around $20, if not less, and will last a very long time.


Shopping List
Baking soda
White vinegar
Clear biodegradable liquid dish soap
Rubbing alcohol
Vegetable oil
Orange essential oil (optional)



So there you have it folks, I hope you find this basic cleaning list to be helpful. If you have success with any of these cleaning methods, please let me know, I'd love to hear from you! Or, if anyone has any specific cleaning questions, feel free to leave a comment, I would be more than happy to help!

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