Commercial household cleaners often contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate allergies. But a few common kitchen products provide the perfect ingredients for natural cleaning products that are allergy friendly.
You can make a variety of cleaning products from white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Invest in some plastic spray bottles and a few small plastic containers, and you’re ready to make your own cleaners.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner:
Mix 2 cups vinegar and 2 cups water to create an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Don’t use this cleaner on marble, but it can be used on most other kitchen and bathroom surfaces. If you are not sure the cleaner will be safe, test it in an inconspicuous area before using it.
2. Scouring Cleaner:
Mix three-fourths cup baking soda and one-fourth cup water to create a paste for cleaning sinks, tubs, toilets, ceramic, aluminum, chrome and stainless steel. This same paste can be used to polish silverware.
Alternatively, mix one-fourth cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid detergent and enough white vinegar to make a creamy texture. You can also add a squeeze of lemon into the paste to add a fresh and clean smell.
3. Copper and Brass Polish:
Use plain lemon juice as a polish for copper and brass items. Lemon juice will also dissolve hard water stains and soap buildup.
4. Drain Cleaner:
Pour one-fourth cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down drains. The combination of the two will create a fizzy cleaner that will scour the inside of your drain pipes. Rinse with hot water. Use weekly to help prevent clogs and leave drains smelling fresh.
5. Dishwasher Cleaner:
Pour a half cup of vinegar into the reservoir of your dishwasher and run an empty cycle to disinfect and clean the interior of the dishwasher.