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Keeping your house clean is very important all the time. The germs and bacteria that are constantly present in our surroundings might be harmful to us. In fact, whenever we go outside, we tend to bring more germs inside. It often occurs that our houses seem clean but actually aren’t. Most harmful germs are microscopic and are invisible to the naked eye. These germs might not directly harm us but they might fester bugs and insects in our homes which can heavily pollute our surroundings, specifically our food. Hygiene is very important, now more than ever.

But not all cleaning products can always be trusted. There are harmful chemicals present in many products to make them cheaper. A lot of people are preferring to make cleaning products at home since these chemicals can also affect our systems, especially our skin, lungs, etc. Making cleaning products at home is not much of a hassle and can turn out to be better than store-bought ones. We can help you with some ideas on how to make cleaning products at home easily and fast.

  • Bathroom Cleaner

Keeping your bathroom clean is very important as it is the place where most bacterias live. Many people assume that only keeping the toilet clean is enough since the rest of the bathroom looks comparatively cleaner, which is far from the truth. The floors, walls, shower, and tub should be cleaned once every week, which is surprising to many people. Often the bathroom cleaners aren’t as strong as you’d want them to be, especially on tile surfaces.

Making a bathroom cleaner at home is just as easy. All you need to do is fill a container with one and a half cup baking soda, half cup of any ordinary liquid soap, half cup warm water, and two tablespoons of white distilled vinegar, and to make the concoction even stronger, a dash of lemon juice. This will make the white surfaces of your bathroom shine like new. Bleach which is a dominant product in most bathroom cleaners might harm the lungs with extended exposure. This is a much better alternative to prevent any harm.

  • Laundry Softener

Due to constant demand, many companies have started making laundry detergents that are organic and chemical-free. The same cannot be said for laundry softener. All affordable and good laundry softeners are filled with harmful chemicals. However, making a softener that will make your clothes soft and snuggly at home is not at all difficult. All you need to do is fill a bucket with white vinegar and put 20 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil in the bucket. With each launder load, use one-third cup of this mixture. This is the best alternative for making clothes soft which will not harm your insides.

  • Carpet Cleaner

A carpet does wonders for the aesthetic of a room and more people should have them. They don’t mainly because for them, carpet cleaning seems a very difficult task. Many people think the only way to clean carpets is to give them to a carpet cleaner for a week who will deep clean them with lots of various chemicals which can be harmful. This is difficult and an option that cannot be opted for people with pets. Their carpets are bound to be dirtied by those small bundles of joy.

Cleaning the carpet every six months is not a good idea, especially since making a carpet cleaner home is very easy. For every cup of warm water, you’d need a teaspoon of dish soap. Make as much as you want and clean your carpet every two months and put it to dry in the sun. If you want a chemical-free cleaner to remove stains from your light-colored carpets, you can make one at home. First, you’d need to blot dry the stain with a paper towel and sprinkle baking soda, completely covering the stain. After ten minutes remove excess soda and pour a mixture of two tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon dishwashing liquid. After a few minutes pat it dry and repeat the process until the stain leaves. This is an easy way to remove strong stains like pet urine, red wine, etc. 

  • Glass Cleaner

One of the hardest surfaces to properly clean in the home is class. No matter how many times you clean the surface, you will definitely find this one streak of first or oil. Keeping glass windows, or countertops clean is a challenge. Moreover, there are hardly any affordable and organic options available for glass cleaners. You do not, however, need to use those cleaning liquids that are full of harsh chemicals. Especially since making glass surface cleaners is so easy and will actually work. You will need to mix one cup of hot water and one cup of rubbing alcohol together. The secret ingredient in this cleaner is cornstarch. Whisk in four tablespoons of cornstarch so it is completely incorporated in the liquid and doesn't have lumps. Transfer this to a spray bottle and spritz it once or twice on every glass surface. And yes, it works wonderfully on mirrors as well. Now you will have no problem in making all your glass surfaces shine and you will do it in a healthy, organic way!

  • Oven Cleaner

Keeping all the appliances of the kitchen clean is very important. Utmost hygiene should be maintained in the kitchen and it is often seen that the ovens are overlooked while cleaning a kitchen. Especially since not many dedicated oven cleaners are available in the market which is good for you. It can be a tedious task as well since a lot of scrubbing is required to properly get rid of all the oil and gunk build-up in an oven. Well, what if you’re told that none of that is necessary?

To clean a microwave, you would need a cup of vinegar with a little bit of lemon juice. Heat this in the microwave for two minutes and let it sit there for a few more minutes. After a while wipe down all the sides with any warm cloth or sponge.

For your OTG, make a thick paste with dish soap, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, coarse salt, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Spread this paste throughout the oven and keep it overnight. Scrub the interior properly with a cloth or sponge soaked in warm water and you would find a sparkling clean oven in front of you. For a little extra precaution, you can wipe the whole oven with white vinegar after this process.

Cleaning with DIY products is so much better for your health than store-bought ones. Not much goes into making these products either since most of the ingredients necessary are easily available in your pantry itself. It might take some time to get used to but making this change in your lifestyle is so much better for your health. Your lungs, skin, and heart will love you for this choice.

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