Spring Cleaning: DIY Cleaning Products


If you missed last week’s post, then you can read about Spring Cleaning: Organizing and Getting Started here.

Unless you find household cleaning products on sale or get them for free, they can be expensive, and the money you pay out starts to add up. I’ve compiled a list of simple cleaners that use products from your pantry to make effective cleaning solutions.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)

Directions:
Add vinegar to spray bottle, followed by water, baking soda and essential oils.  Mix by gently shaking.

Homemade Windex
Mix the following in an empty Windex spray bottle:

  • 1/8 cup (1 oz.) White Ammonia
  • 1/4 cup (4 oz.) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 drop of laundry detergent
  • Water – to fill the bottle

Homemade Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach
Mix the following in an empty Clorox Clean-Up bottle or a spray bottle:

  • 1/4 cup bleach
  • 1 teaspoon liquid laundry detergent
  • Water – fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake

Tub & Shower Cleaner
Mix the following in a spray bottle:

  • 4 ounces white vinegar
  • 4 ounces liquid, blue Dawn detergent

Note: If you aren’t sure about measuring ounces, just do a one-to-one ratio of white vinegar and blue liquid Dawn detergent. I read one mention that 1/2 cup of each was enough to do the job.

Directions:
1. Heat vinegar in microwave until hot and pour into spray bottle.
2. Add the Dawn soap. It specifically needs to be the blue kind. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.
3. Spray it on, scrub, and rinse. For tough soap scum build-up, spray the mixture on and allow it to sit as long as overnight, then scrub and rinse.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup vinegar

Directions:
Mix the baking soda and vinegar and pour it into basin. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a brush and rinse.

Mold & Mildew Remover
Pour undiluted white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray mold and mildew stained areas. Allow the spray to sit on the mold and mildew for 30 minutes. Apply the vinegar spray again to the moldy shower surface using just enough to wet the surface. Wet a sponge and scrub the surface to remove the mold and mildew.

Floor Cleaner
Mix the following in a bucket and mop:

  • 1 cup white vinegar (1/2 cup if cleaning wood floors)
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • Couple drops of essential oils (optional)

Tile Grout Cleaner
Mix the following ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well:

1 and 3/4 cups water
2 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp ammonia
1 Tablespoon vinegar

Directions:
Spray the grout generously and let the solution absorb into the grout. Using a scrub or tile brush, scrub the grout vigorously where you sprayed. Use a clean damp rag to wipe each line of grout right after you scrub to pick up the dirty liquid. Keep a bucket of warm water nearby to continuously clean the rag. Mop the floor when you’re done to remove the baking soda residue that may be left behind.

Furniture Polish
Mix the following in a spray bottle:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:
Shake well, and apply a small amount to a cleaning rag or cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

Safety Tip:
Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first.

Here are other Spring Cleaning posts to help you save time and money:

Spring Cleaning: Organizing and Getting Started
Spring Cleaning: DIY Cleaning Products
Spring Cleaning: Speed-Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning: Professional Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Spring Cleaning: How to Keep Your House Clean All Year Long

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Spring Cleaning: Organizing and Getting Started

Spring is finally here and it’s time to spring clean our homes. I know this may sound a little odd, and it’s my Type A personality coming out, but I LOVE to clean! I especially love the final product of seeing something organized and clean. My family used to laugh at me when I was young because I would organize all of the clothes in my drawer, and then I would organize my sisters’ clothing drawers. Thank goodness I’m not quite that bad anymore, but I still do like things to be cleaned and organized.

This month, I’ll have a series of posts about spring cleaning. I hope to motivate and give you tips to spring clean your home. I’ll also give time-saving and money-saving cleaning tips that will help you out. So let’s get started!

1. Analyze Areas
Take a few minutes to mentally survey each room. Then in a notebook, write down the problem areas in the room that need improvement. These should be parts of the room that bother you, or that your family has a difficult time keeping neat and clean.

2. Be Realistic
You need to realize that you don’t need to get your spring cleaning completed all in one day or one weekend. With two young children, there’s no way that I can focus on something for more than 15-30 minutes at a time. I plan to do my spring cleaning over the course of the month.

3. Use a Checklist
This is something I enjoy doing. Make sure to check off each item as you complete the task. It’s a way to show that you’ve accomplished something, and I think it feels great to mark an item off the list.

Here are some cleaning checklists that will help you out.

Reasons to Skip the Housework Spring Cleaning Checklist
Honey Bear Lane Spring Cleaning Checklist
Martha Stewart Spring Cleaning Checklist
CasaSugar Spring Cleaning Checklist
Imperfect Homemaking Spring Cleaning Checklist

4. Get Started
Now, you’ll need a game plan to help you prioritize and stay on task. Pick a room a day and get it cleaned and organized before moving onto the next one. That way you don’t just transfer items from one room to another before deciding what to do with the items. Make sure to begin with the least favorite rooms first when you are most motivated. Once you complete the most difficult areas of your house at the beginning, everything else will feel much easier to finish.

Gather your supplies in a bucket and carry them with you from room to room so you don’t waste time running back to the cleaning closet.

5. Make Sorting Easy
Gather storage tubs or garbage bags and label them with the following categories: Keep, Throw Away, Recycle, Sell, and Donate. As you look through the items in your home, decide what you want to do with each item and place it in the appropriate pile.

6. Make Your Spring Cleaning Fun
Don’t think of spring cleaning as a chore. Instead, think of it as something that will help you feel good about yourself and your clean and organized home.

Play some fun, upbeat music while you dance around the house with your spring cleaning supplies. Set the timer to give yourself time limits for completing small tasks, and try to complete the tasts before the timer goes off.

7. Give Yourself a Reward
Once you’ve finished cleaning or decluttering for the day, congratulate yourself for a job well done by rewarding yourself with something like a movie or dinner out.

Remember that getting started is the hardest part of spring cleaning.

Here are other Spring Cleaning posts to help you save time and money:

Spring Cleaning: Organizing and Getting Started
Spring Cleaning: DIY Cleaning Products
Spring Cleaning: Speed-Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning: Professional Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Spring Cleaning: How to Keep Your House Clean All Year Long

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Libman Giveaway: Win Microfiber Cleaning Pads, Cleaners, and Spray Mops

Through the month of April, Libman on Facebook is giving away 1,100 FREE cleaning products daily, which is a total of 33,000 products over the entire month! To enter the giveaway, “Like” The Libman Company’s Facebook Page, then click on “Enter Here” and fill out the form. You’ll have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • 30,000 Microfiber Cleaning Pads
  • 1,500 Freedom Spray Mops
  • 750 Freedom Multi-Surface Concentrated Floor Cleaners
  • 750 Freedom Hardwood Concentrated Floor Cleaners

Enter daily for a better chance of winning. Good luck!

Thanks, Free Stuff Times.

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