House Cleaning - How to Make Green Cleaners

April 27, 2016

1. GLASS CLEANER
Great for: Windows and mirrors

Ingredients
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)

 

2. HEAVY-DUTY SCRUB
Great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs

Ingredients
• Half a lemon
• 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

How to use: Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)

 

3. GREASE CLEANER
Great for: Oven hoods, grills

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. (Sudsy ammonia, which has detergent in it, helps remove tough grime.)

How to use: Dip sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water.

 

4. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER AND DEODORIZER
Great for: Kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator

Ingredients
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 quart warm water

How to use: Pour solution on a clean sponge and wipe.

 

5. LAST-RESORT CLOTHING STAIN REMOVER
Great for: Badly stained washable or bleachable garments

Ingredients
• 1 gallon hot water
• 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
• 1 cup regular liquid chlorine bleach (not ultra or concentrate)

How to use: Mix and pour ingredients into a stainless steel, plastic, or enamel bowl (not aluminum). Soak garment for 15 to 20 minutes. If stain is still there, let it soak a bit longer, then wash garment as usual.

 

8. BRASS CLEANER
Great for: Non-lacquered cabinet pulls, bathroom appointments, and more

Ingredients
• White vinegar or lemon juice
• Table salt

How to use: Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.


9. MARBLE CLEANER
Great for: Natural stone countertops

Ingredients
• A drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid (non-citrus-scented)
• 2 cups warm water

How to use: Mix the detergent and water. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.


SAFETY TIP:Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they'll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first.

 

Provided By Good House Keeping 2016