DIY Cleaning Supplies

Published on June 26th, 2015

If your home is undertaking a deep clean, don’t rush out and buy expensive cleaning supplies. Instead, look around your home for the items listed below. Your home will be looking spick and span in no time!


  • White Vinegar – Natural, eco-friendly, and an incredible solvent. Say goodbye to mildew, mold, and bacteria.

    • Grab a spray bottle, mix-up vinegar and water and boom! All-purpose cleaner.

    • You can be sure your cutting boards will be disinfected by using this white vinegar mix.

    • If your garbage disposal reeks, freeze some vinegar in an ice-cube tray then run the disposal with ice cubes.

    • Showerheads are a hotbed for mineral buildups. Use vinegar to clean it off.



  • Citrus – Like vinegar, citrus’ cleaning ability lies in the acidity. You can use the actual juice and the peels.

    • Another shower/bath tip: Soap scum and rust will come right off when citrus peels or juice is applied.

    • Combine citrus juice with 2 parts olive oil then apply to a cloth, those nicks and scratches on your furniture will come right off.



  • Baking Soda – Pretty much the lowest grit sand paper you can find! Works well to stop odors and remove tarnish.

    • Spread a fine layer of baking soda on your carpet and rugs, let it sit overnight and then vacuum it up in the morning for fresh and clean surfaces.

    • Polish silver, fix plastic food holders, and remove clogged drains all with baking soda.

    • Crayon marks on your walls? Baking soda + damp cloth = crayon no more.

    • If your house is holding bad odors, try sprinkling a layer of baking soda on surfaces such as litter pans, clothes hampers, and garbage cans.



  • Castile Soap – A great, vegan, vegetable oil based surface. Works well on appliances, pets and humans.

    • Combine with vinegar and water to make a Windex killer. Your windows will look awesome!

    • Castile soap is baby safe. So, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of soap and you’ll have your baby fresh and clean.



  • Salt – no matter the type of salt, you can find a use for it.

    • Say goodbye to those pesky coffee stains! Salt and Vinegar will knock those ugly blotches out in a minute.

    • Copper? Iron? Pewter? Brass? Lemon and salt will cut through any stains.




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