Skip the toxic chemicals this spring cleaning and refresh your home with cleaning products that you can make yourself! The household products below mixed with some warm water are all that you need. Don’t have time to make your own? Check out these natural cleaning products!
Best for: cleaning windows, bathroom fixtures and floors
Avoid using vinegar on: granite, marble, hardwood floors and stone as the acidity could cause damage.
Favorite spring cleaning use: Cleaning out an icky dishwasher. Place a small, dishwasher safe bowl with ½ C of white vinegar in the bottom rack and run an empty cycle to banish funky dishwasher odors. You can also use vinegar as a rinseaid instead of JetDry!
Best for: removing stale odors, scrubbing away stains (even on toilets) and polishing silver.
Avoid using baking soda on: aluminum cookware
Favorite spring cleaning use: Cleaning burnt on grease from your oven. Mix baking soda with warm water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the surfaces of your oven (remove racks and any large bits of stuck on food that can be scraped on first and do not apply to heating coils). Let sit overnight. Use a damp cloth or rag to wipe away the hardened mixture along with grease and grime! Continue until all of the baking soda is removed then do a final wipe down with a fresh cloth.
Best for: Polishing wood surfaces, removing soap scum and removing rust stains.
Avoid using lemons on: marble, travertine and other natural stone
Favorite spring cleaning use: Refreshing your garbage disposal. Simply quarter a lemon, throw it in the garbage disposal and run until it goes through. The lemon is a natural disinfectant, will clean out residue and will release a delicious scent into your kitchen.