Why don’t I go the DIY cleaner route? First, I hate the smell of vinegar, and it seems to be the basis of many home cleaning recipes, and second, I’m kind of lazy. I tend to find a product that works, and I don’t change it. But for those of you who prefer the DIY route, here are their suggested recipes for common household cleaning problems.
Top 4 DIY natural cleaning tricks and tips:
- Hard Water Stains: Skip the harsh chemicals to remove the hard water stains in your shower. Instead, purchase a lemon from the produce section of your favorite grocery store, cut it in half, and use it to “scrub” the stains. Rinse and enjoy!
- Tub Scrub: Natural cleaners swear by this DIY trick to remove thick grime, and even dirt rings off your shower area plus it has some amazing cleaning capabilities for cast iron tubs, and it’s easy! Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle it liberally with Sea Salt. Wet the tub and sprinkle it with additional salt. Use the grapefruit to scrub the tub or shower and rinse away the salt and pulpy bits of grapefruit to reveal a shiny clean shower/tub!
- Drain Cleaner: To clear a blocked drain, skip the chemically caustic lye-based drain cleaners, and clean your drains naturally! Simply pour 1 cup of Baking Soda down your dry and empty sink. Follow that with 2 cups of boiling water and let it drain for a few minutes. Pour a second cup of baking soda down the drain plus 1 cup of White Vinegar. Plug the drain as soon as both are in (if it’s a double sink, plug both sides). Don’t panic when you hear sizzling coming from the drain and bubbles foaming up – that’s the cleaner working its magic! When the bubbles have subsided, add two more cups of boiling water. Want to prevent clogs? Treat your drain once a month with a cup of Baking Sod followed by two cups of boiling water.
- All-purpose Cleaning Spray: White Vinegar is still considered one of the most natural ways to clean and it cleans just about anything with the exception of marble and finished would surfaces. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and the shake before using. If you want to try to mask the vinegar smell without adding nasty chemicals, add essential oils like Rosemary Oil or Lavender Oil.