Before you head down to the supermarket to buy all sorts of cleaning stuff, make sure to check your kitchen first. Chances are you already have everything you’ll need to clean your home. Yes, right inside your pantry. Regular household items such as these ones on our list are not only cheaper, they also work as effectively and smell much better!
1) Baking Soda
Baking soda can make cleaning your home easy and inexpensive. Simply mix it with some water, some natural dish soap, and some clove essential oil, and you can make your own heavy duty kitchen scrub. Use it with the rough side of a kitchen sponge for hard-to-clean spots, and then clean off with a wet cloth.
2) White Vinegar
White vinegar mixed with water is a pretty effective cleaning aid for every inch of your house. You can remove persistent odors and stains, even soap build-up from your kitchen and bathroom sinks and faucets. It can even unclog a clogged drain!
3) Lemon Juice
You can clean the inside of your microwave oven with lemon juice. Just squeeze the juice in some water, drop the lemon rinds in, and just microwave it for 5 minutes. The steam of the lemon will help loosen all the food gunk trapped inside and deodorize it.
4) Essential Oils
Essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and bergamot are great cleaning ingredients to have at home. If you combine your favorite essential oil with some vinegar and water, you can make your own sanitizing spray. If you combine it with water, rubbing alcohol, and natural dish soap, you can make your own all-purpose cleaner.
5) Olive Oil
It’s not only a must-have for cooking. It’s also quite handy for cleaning. If you want to clean your wooden furniture, simply mix 1 cup of lemon juice with 2 cups of olive oil. Wipe with a soft cloth until it’s spick and span.
6) Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is a powerful cleaner in itself. It can clean most surfaces and disinfect just about everything. It’s a tough cleaner that your home should not be without. Mix it with some white vinegar and water. Put it in a spray bottle, and you have yourself a window and glass cleaner.
7) Citrus Peels
Orange peels, when mixed with vinegar, can be a great homemade and natural cleaning solution. It’s ideal for cleaning almost all kinds of surfaces, except for wood, because the acidic properties in the peels and the vinegar can cause discoloration. Simply mix fresh orange peels with vinegar in a jar and let it sit for about 10 days. After that, you have yourself a natural cleaner that’s both effective and fresh-smelling!
8) Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective home disinfectant. When you combine it with baking soda, it can be used to kill mildew. Just put the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture on the mildew and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.
When your guests do not use coasters and just place their glasses on top of your furniture, that will usually leave a white ring on the surface. You can easily remove those stains without damaging the furniture by combining some white toothpaste with baking soda. Just dampen a piece of soft cloth with water and add your toothpaste mixture. Wipe and polish, and in just a few rubs, the stain is gone.
10) Used Tea Bags
Don’t throw those used tea bags just yet because they are very effective natural deodorizers! You can place them inside the fridge to keep it smelling clean and fresh. Put some inside your trash bin to neutralize the bad smell. Soaked in warm water with your greasy dishes, they can also help break up grease without having to use extra cleaning tools.