More and more people are steering away from commercial cleaners with their harsh chemicals and opting for more natural choices to get their homes spotless. While it may seem excessive to make a whole pantry’s worth of cleaners from scratch, using cleaning solutions made from common ingredients you probably already own can be both safer and more cost-effective. Bring out the shine in every corner of your house with these tried-and-true cleaning recipes that have been used for generations.
1. Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a spray bottle. (The cornstarch helps prevent streaks.) Shake before use, and spray it on as you would a store-bought cleaner. Wipe it off with a microfiber cloth—you’ll avoid the lint that paper towels leave and, at the same time, save a tree.
2. Grout Cleaner
Clean grubby grout with a nontoxic cleanser. Mix 1 cup of dish soap and 1 cup of heated white vinegar then pour into a spray bottle. Shake it well, then spray lightly and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the grout with a brush—it’ll take a little bit of elbow grease—and wipe up with a wet cloth. When you’re done, rinse away any residue with plain hot water.
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3. Oven Cleaner
Dunk the inside of your oven using a paste of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. First, remove the racks. Then cover the interior of your oven with the paste (avoiding the heating elements), and let it sit overnight. The next morning, wipe up with a damp cloth. Spritz vinegar on whatever residue is left; it will foam and can then be easily wiped away.