Cheap, Green Cleaners

Do you have baking soda and white vinegar? Good, you have no excuse to have a dirty house or expensive chemical cleaners with warning labels longer than the Constitution.

They make a cheap, home-made, not complicated way to clean your toilets, mop floors, degunk your microwave, freshen your garbage disposal, make your clothes brighter, clear most drained clogs, and reinvigorate and de-Spot your carpets.

The biggest issue most people will have is that even Pinterest may not have all the recipes down for the different cleaning solutions you can make with these two simple ingredients. So what is a lazy person to do? Here are a few basic common cleaners to clean your house without destroying the environment, your lungs, or your wallet. Ready?

In a spray bottle (reuse an old one like a well rinsed glass cleaner bottle) combine 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Boom, all-purpose cleaner. If you want it stronger, make a 1:1 solution. If you want it to smell all fancy, you can add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil for every 8 ounces.

  • This can also clean glass. Remember to use newspaper to wipe off the glass to avoid streaks.
  • When you use a broom, spray this on the bristles and avoid dust flying everywhere.
  • In a bowl, microwave the 1:1 solution for 5 minutes. Let sit for 5 more. Wipe. Boom, microwave cleaner.

Get rid of bugs by placing a bowl of vinegar near where they hang out. It gets on their wings and drowns them. You can also line your doors and windows with vinegar to deter ants.

Freshen anything up! Apart from your fridge, you can stick boxes of baking soda in your closets, trunks, or car. If you can sprinkle baking soda onto it (carpet, stuffed animals, shoes, your dog) you can make it smell nice. Sprinkle, let sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum, dust, or brush it off.

Often it seems that baking soda and vinegar are interchangeable. Toss in your toilet a cup of either baking soda or vinegar, let sit for an hour, and flush. Ta da! Cheap toilet cleaner. If you need to give it a scrub, toss in baking soda and before flushing, use a brush to scrub the tough spots.

What you can do with these two common and cheap ingredients is limited only by your imagination. And science, I’m sure. You can always combine the two for a fun science project for the kids or personal entertainment. No judgement, it’s pretty cool. Combine them in the toilet to help with minor clogs, in the garbage disposal for cleaner and fresher sinks, or in a sandwich bag tied over your shower head to clear up the buildup.

What is your favorite clever use for vinegar and baking soda?

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