Top DIY Cleaning Ingredients

top diy cleaning ingredients

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried a lot of cleaning products. There are so many to choose from in the store. After countless tests, I find myself going back to natural cleaners I already have in my cupboard. They’re simple, effective and not full of unpronounceable chemicals. These are some of my favorite ingredients to use when making natural cleaning products. They can be used for everything from cleaning the bathroom, kitchen and living room.

top cleaning ingredients

Baking Soda
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a great all-purpose cleaner. Because of its exfoliating properties, baking soda is great for removing scum from your bath tub, burnt food from pots and pans and scuff marks from shoes. It also helps deodorize, you can mix baking soda with a bit of water and wash your refrigerator to get rid of lingering food smells. Best of all, it’s inexpensive and easy to find in stores. 

baking soda

White Vinegar
If you have stubborn stains on hard-to-clean surfaces, like windows and walls, vinegar will do the trick. It is a diluted form of acetic acid that forms through fermentation of natural carbohydrates. Mixed with water, it works wonders on rain spots, grease and more. Vinegar is also great for removing sticky residue, cleaning shower heads and cleaning up soap scum. Just make sure not to use it on granite or marble, as it can etch it.

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Washing Soda
Washing soda – also know as soda ash or sodium carbonate – is an amazing stain fighter. Because of its stain fighting properties, it’s ideal for handmade laundry soap. When mixed with other ingredients like shredded soap, baking soda and borax, it helps your clothes stay clean and fresh. It’s also a water softener. Washing soda can also be used to clean tough materials like grease and wax. Washing soda can cause skin irritation, so I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves when working with it. It can also irritate the nose and throat, so you can wear a mask if you like.

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Salt
The scrubbing power of salt is ideal for household cleaning. It can be used to scrub shower scum, clean cast iron pans and remove oven spills. Salt is very absorbent, so it can absorb grease, oil and cooking residue from burnt pans. It’s also a deodorizer and fights unpleasant smells around your house. For instance, it’s an effective way to get rid of odors from the garbage disposal. It’s very versatile!

salt

Essential Oils
One of the best things about a clean house is a fresh, crisp scent. Essential Oils can be used in room sprays or added to cleaning products. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil on a towel makes a great homemade dryer sheet. It will make your clothes smell delightfully floral and earthy. Some essential oils, like Tea Tree Essential Oil, are also thought to have antiseptic and antifungal properties.

orange cleaning product