Home Remedies for Cleaning Products

If you enjoy cleaning or finding new and interesting ways to clean your house, then we have some ideas for you! Instead of buying your cleaning products at local stores, make your own eco-friendly cleaning products at home. Here are some homemade recipes made of ingredients you might have around your house.

Baking Soda and Water – Baking soda and water is one technique our grandmothers used to use. It might have even been used by our ancestors! These ingredients together can be used to clean porcelain tiles, which are usually found in bathrooms and kitchens. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the surface you wish to clean and with a damp sponge or wash cloth, scrub it off by using water. This can also be used to clean kitchen counters, oven tops, stainless steel sinks, refrigerators, cutting boards and plastic storage containers.

Lemon Juice or Vinegar – Another traditional secret is using lemon juice or vinegar for getting rid of hard stains, grease streaks or mold. Lemon juice and vinegar have acidic qualities that make both natural degreasers. Not to mention, lemon juice is also natural bleach when used in the sun. Vinegar can also be used as a fabric softener by adding a little in your washing machine during your rinse cycle. Baking soda and vinegar is great for cleaning toilets and baking soda and lemon juice can be used to remove tarnish from silverware and jewelry.

Disinfectant – Substitute your bleach or other harsh chemicals to your very own eco-friendly form of disinfectant. First, mix two cups of water with three tablespoons of liquid soap. Then add 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil, and mix it all together. This makes an excellent, non-harmful to the environment disinfectant. For tough blood stain marks, use hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide has been known for being the best blood stain remover for a long period of time.

Have fun making your own cleaning products that are not only eco-friendly, but can save you money and time!

(The San Antonio Energy Champions program is an energy-efficiency initiative started by Champion AC in San Antonio. It focuses on sharing tips on living a green life, educating elementary children about our community’s energy needs, cutting down on our environmental footprint and saving both money and energy at home.)