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How to Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products

The current health crisis has a lot of us spending more time at home. Keeping your home clean in a crowded household is challenging. Additionally, indoor air quality is suffering from the amount of dust being brought into the home. Luckily, we have some tips and recipes so you can keep your home clean and improve your indoor air quality.

Household Ingredients You Can Use For Cleaning

You might be surprised that many common ingredients and supplies you have around the house can be used as effective cleaning solutions. Don’t throw out any of these ingredients if you need some cleaning done around the house. We won’t list recipes that include all of these items, but with this knowledge, you can start thinking about these products in a new way.

  • Baking Soda

  • Distilled White Vinegar

  • Cotton Balls and Q-tips

  • Lemon Juice

  • Vodka

  • Essential Oils

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

These ingredients can be mixed together and used for almost any cleaning project.

Check Out Our Favorite Recipes

12-Ounce All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

While there are some parts of your home that will require more specific solutions, this is a good general choice. This all-purpose spray can be used throughout your home and isn’t too harsh.

  • 4 oz. Distilled White Vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda

  • 10 drops essential oils

Mix this with a bit of water and then add to your 12-ounce spray bottle and then fill the rest with water.

Furniture Polish and Cleaner

Wooden furniture requires gentle cleaning. Dust can accumulate very easily on furniture and will eventually reach the air where it can potentially cause breathing difficulties. This recipe is effective enough to get a good clean, while also being gentle enough to not cause any issues for the furniture.

Take these three simple ingredients and mix them.

  • One-half cup of vinegar

  • One-quarter cup of olive oil

  • One tablespoon of lemon juice

If you have a spray bottle, this solution works well with that. Otherwise, you can use a dampen a fine cloth with the cleaner and wipe down your furniture.

Oven Cleaner

Bits of food fall into our oven and get baked onto the surface covering it in grime. It might not be an issue until you start smelling smoke when you cook or you’re grossed out by the process of cooking with it.

We recommend that you don’t let it get to that point. After all, it’s really quite easy to clean it out with these two widespread ingredients.

  • 2 parts Baking Soda

  • 1 part water

Mix these in an amount that can cover your oven. You’ll spread a thin layer of this throughout your oven. It should be thick enough to stick to the walls without much trouble. You’ll want to leave the product to soak up all of that grease over the next half-hour or so. From there you can wipe it away easily, leaving behind a sparkly clean oven to cook in.

Bonus Recipe: Gel Diffuser

If your home is smelling a bit stale, this fun DIY project can solve your problem! Take 1 pack unflavored gelatin and mix with 2 cups of distilled water. Add a tablespoon of salt and ten drops of your favorite essential oil. As the gelatin evaporates, the scent will be delivered throughout your home.

If you’re cooped up inside during this time, try to experiment with some of these recipes. You might find a new go-to that you’ll use all the time!

Essig Plumbing & Heating is here as an essential business for the community during this time. Feel free to give us a call at (610) 557-3302 or fill out an online contact form to set up an appointment for any of your plumbing or HVAC needs.