Homemade Cleaning

One of my biggest hangups in being a new mom is that my house is never up to the “clean” standard I’d like it to be. I’m not talking about the pile of clean clothes sitting on the sofa waiting to be folded, the toys scattered around the various rooms, or even the unorganized pantry. I’m talking about the actual business of cleanliness. It seems like a constant battle to keep the floors free from dirt and dust, the bathrooms in respectable order, and the kitchen just never seems to be happy! I have friends whose houses always seem to be completely dust and dirt free and I’m utterly amazed. How do they do it?!

Lately I’ve been using Green Works Cleaning Wipes, which I love because they are easily available, biodegradable (I can throw them into my compost!), and they do an excellent job cleaning. However, they aren’t cheap, they aren’t 100% natural, and I go through them quickly! In my quest to become a more environmentally conscious and a frugal homesteader, I’m on the search for some more homemade cleaning solutions.

Here’s are a list of products I’ve discovered that are generally inexpensive and nontoxic:

  • Baking Soda – helps clean, deodorizes, and soften water
  • Lemon – as a strong food acid it is effective against most household bacteria
  • Borax (sodium borate) – helps clean, deodorize, disinfect, soften water, clean wallpaper, painted walls and floors
  • White Vinegar – is excellent for cutting grease, removing mildew, eliminating odors, removing some stains and wax build-up
  • Liquid castille soap – can be used for nearly everything that needs a good wash, including your skin!
  • Cornstarch – can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs

My next goal is learn how I can transform these products into simple cleaning solutions.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Cleaning

  1. Philip

    I was using a vinegar cleaner for a while here, but one day I cleaned the bathroom sink with it. Came back a few hours later and had a swarm of gnat-like insects coming out of the sink. I killed and washed them down, but they kept coming back. Finally I bleached the sink and poured bleach down the drain, and that did them in.

    I’m not sure, but my best guess is that they came up through the pipes attracted to the vinegar smell…
    Just thought I’d share in case you get a similar problem using lemon or vinegar for cleaning. ^_^

  2. Revs

    Come to think of it Philip, I remember having similar issues with ants when I tried using lemons and vinegar during my time in Florida. I had actually forgotten all about it until now. Hmmm. Maybe Michael will buy me those microfiber cloths instead. I have heard those work miracles without needing too much of anything but water!

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