This is a guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey, take it away.
If you are looking for new ways to go green in your home without stressing your budget, consider making your own cleaning supplies. The products you make will be cheaper than their store-bought counterparts, and since they are made with natural, time-tested ingredients, they will not be loaded with dangerous chemicals and toxins that release noxious fumes into the air. The following recipes will help you mix up a batch of homemade cleaning products for almost every room in the house.
Combine 2 pints of water, 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of ammonia, 1 teaspoon of phosphate-free dishwashing liquid, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well and use the solution to clean countertops, appliances, tile, painted surfaces, and other areas around your home.
Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water. Then, stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar. The result will be a fast drying, streak-free cleaner that can be used to polish glass, chrome, stainless steel, and smooth tiles.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle 1 cup of borax in the toilet bowl. Drizzle the borax with 1 cup of vinegar and allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for 2 to 4 hours before scrubbing the toilet with a toilet brush. If you can’t find borax, you can mix a 1/4 cup of baking soda with your one cup of vinegar in a squeeze bottle. Then, use the bottle to squirt the mixture into the toilet bowl.
This recipe requires no mixing and very little effort. Start by placing 1 cup of ammonia in a bowl. Let it sit in a cold oven overnight. In the morning, remove the bowl, and then wipe the interior of the oven with a wet sponge that has been dipped in baking soda.
Microwave Oven Cleaner
To clean the interior of your microwave, mix 1 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe the interior of your microwave with a sponge, cloth, or wet paper towel. If you’re feeling really lazy, skip all of the mixing and simply microwave a wet dishcloth for 20 to 30 seconds. Then, use the warm cloth to wipe the interior of the microwave clean.
Stainless Steel Polish
Sinks and other items made from stainless steel can be rubbed clean with a very small amount of baby oil and a clean cloth. If excess oil is left on the surface, you can remove it with another cloth that has been dipped in club soda. Finish by wiping the stainless steel with a third cloth that is dry and soft.
Mix 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice with 1 cup of olive oil in a bowl or spray bottle. Apply it to unvarnished wood furniture using a soft flannel cloth. Use a separate, clean cloth to wipe the polish away. If you want to polish varnished wood, use a solution made from 1 cup of water that has been mixed with a few drops of lemon oil.