To unabashedly state the obvious, our current global crisis has made almost every activity difficult, unless you can do it at home by yourself. And going to the supermarket, browsing through the puzzling household cleaning aisle, and picking your favourite cleaning products with your favourite smells, definitely fall under the challenging-things-to-do-right-now list.
Unless you'd somehow forecasted this, and stacked an emergency gallon of floor cleaner, you're probably going to run out. I could also try to sell this by rambling on about the risks of chemical cleaning agents, but the real bottom line is saving hundreds of rupees by getting thrifty with things you can get within the next 2 minutes, right from your kitchen.
No, you didn't hear that wrong. I'm sure your lemon-scented surface cleaner looks like it does its job well, but there are a bunch of natural cleaning ingredients you can get from your kitchen, that will work wonderfully as household cleaning solutions. We get it if DIY natural cleaning products sound like a lot of work, but the truth is, you can actually easily and quickly create your own natural cleaning supplies, by just mixing together a couple of kitchen ingredients.
A homemade all purpose cleaner, DIY jewellery cleaner, or homemade stain remover, whatever the nature of your cleaning needs might be, we have rounded-up the best 10 natural cleaning ingredients for you.
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That shaker of table salt on your dining table, is a lot more useful than you'd think. I mean the salt inside, not the container. Salt works remarkably well as a gentle natural cleaning ingredient, both in isolation and when mixed with other natural cleaning supplies. You can use table salt to soak up spills, clean grease naturally, and in the form of a natural stain scrubber.
This one is probably going to come as the least surprising. Lemon juice is one of the most brilliant homemade all purpose cleaners in your kitchen, coupled with the antibacterial and antiseptic acid making it an effective natural bleach as well as a great natural stain remover. You can use a half-cut lemon or lemon juice to clean your cutting boards, faucets, kitchen countertops, food containers, hands and the list goes on.
3. Baking Soda
The mild alkali natural of baking soda earns it a definite position in virtually every list of the most effective natural cleaning supplies. In addition to working as a natural surface cleaner and homemade stain remover, you can also use baking soda as a homemade floor cleaner along with a natural bad odour remover! It cuts through grease, oil, most stains and marks.
4. Cheap Vodka
A combination of cheap vodka (or rubbing alcohol if available) and a few drops of dish soap, can make for a great DIY natural household cleaner. The alcohol bit obviously makes this cleaning solution an effective disinfectant, which you can use to clean and sanitize different surfaces of in your home.
Of course, you mouthwash already does a great job of cleaning your mouth. So imagine, how great a job it could possibly do at cleaning other things! Mouthwash makes for arguably the best natural disinfectant to add to your laundry, along with working as a natural cleaning supply for your toothbrush, tv and computer screens, mirrors, sinks and some cabinet fixtures.
6. White Vinegar
Like in the case of a lemon, its the acidity in white vinegar that makes it an effective natural household cleaner. It can wipe out collected scum, dirt and soap deposits from an array of surfaces. You can use white vinegar as a homemade stain remover, to clean some of your kitchen appliances, glassware and floors (except marble, the best way to clean marble is with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia), Oh and you can also use it to make a DIY antibacterial spray!
7. White Toothpaste
From treating burns to being an effective homemade stain remover, toothpaste is truly a multipurpose ingredient. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive which has the same effect on the stains on different surfaces of your house, as that on dental plaque. You can use toothpaste to clean items made of acrylic, your bathroom fixtures, tarnished silverware, and even the mineral deposits on your iron.
8. Kitchen Cornstarch
Another underrated homemade stain remover, cornstarch, is also an abrasive like the natural cleaning supply mentioned above. Which makes it a thrifty way of dealing with grime and grease. You can use kitchen cornstarch to soak up grease stains on clothes naturally, clean stuffed animals, remove carpet odour and marks, clean utensils, polish silver...you get the point.
9. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil, along with other plant-based oils like olive oil and sunflower oil, also make for great natural cleaning supplies. You can use vegetable oil to clean away accumulated dirt, reduce the appearance of scratches on the surfaces of your house, and also replenish the natural shine of any wood. A few drops of olive oil on a piece of cloth can be used to polish stainless steel surfaces and remove marks from leather shoes!
10. Tea Tree Oil
The antiseptic and antiviral properties underlying the popularity of tea tree oil as a natural skin care product, are also the qualities that make it a brilliant DIY natural cleaning product. By mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with white vinegar and water, you can create a homemade all purpose cleaner, a homemade bathroom cleaner and also DIY antibacterial spray!
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