9 DIY Cleaning Hacks For Your Home That (Actually) Work
Do you have stubborn stains that just won’t go away?
The truth is…you probably have all the ingredients that you will need to be hidden in your pantry!
It may surprise you to know that many items in your pantry can also work as active cleaning agents, and best of all, cost very little (or nothing at all).
The next time you are faced with a massive mess, and you’re entirely out of your favourite cleaning product, the following DIY alternatives are accessible (and practical).
Safety Note: For your own safety, never combine ammonia-based cleaning agents with chlorine-based cleaning agents.
This combination will create a chemical reaction that can be dangerous. It is always best to read product labels carefully before mixing.
Ready for a clean home without any of the cost?
Here are 9 DIY cleaning hacks that actually work.
1. Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
- Lemon rinds
- One part white vinegar
- One part water
Combine all the ingredients and place into a plastic spray bottle. You will want to let this mixture sit for a week to infuse fully.
Once a week has passed, you can use this special cleaning agent for cleaning hard water stains, wiping away smudges, cleaning trash cans and wiping away wall marks.
You will find the acids from the lemon rinds give this cleaner a distinctive edge over tough stains.
2. Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer
- Four tablespoons baking soda
- 1-quart warm water
To get those kitchen counters, inside of the refrigerator and the appliances shiny and clean, you nothing more than baking soda.
Not only is this an excellent deodorizer, but baking soda is perfect for getting some shine back in your stainless steel countertops. Just pour the mixture on the sponge, scrub the affected area and wipe clean.
3. Glass Cleaner
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
- 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional)
If you have windows and mirrors to clean, you will find this solution does an excellent job. Just combine the ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle.
Hint: if you clean a window that is hot from basking in the sunlight, the solution may dry too fast and leave streaks. For mirrors, spray the solution onto a cloth and then apply to the mirror.
4. Brass Cleaner
- White vinegar or lemon juice
- Table salt
To clean cabinet pulls and all kinds of other brass handles, use a small amount of lemon juice and vinegar, and add some salt.
Gently rub this mixture over the surface and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
5. Heavy-Duty Scrub
- 1/2 cup borax powder
- 1/2 lemon
Rust stains on enamel or porcelain may seem harsh, but not after they have met this potent cleanser. Just dip the lemon into the borax powder and rinse it off. This is not a safe idea for granite or marble though, explain driveway experts KJ Concreting, who say “granite and other natural stone are very susceptible to damage. Even a single application of acidic or alkaline substances can damage your granite surface, so use sparingly.”
You can find borax in the laundry area at your local supermarket. You can also purchase this online.
6. Grease Cleaner
- 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia
This particular cleanser contains a detergent that helps to scrub away tough dirt. Mix about half a cup with a half-gallon of water, then use this mixture to wash off stoves, grills, oven racks.
Simply dip your sponge in the solutions and use it to wash off the area before rinsing the clan with water. You can also soak especially tough items in this solution if the grime is stuck firmly.
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7. Water Ring Remover
- One part white toothpaste (non-gel)
- One part baking soda
Don’t use this on unfinished wood or lacquered wood, but anywhere else you may have left a water ring will be easily solved with this. Just rub this mixture gently into the spot and then buff over as you normally would.
The mixture should buff off clean then you can polish over this as you usually would.
8. Last-Resort Clothing Stain Remover
- 1 gallon of hot water
- 1 cup dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup of chlorine bleach
You can clean badly stained white clothing with this robust solution, so long as it is a washable fabric. Just allow the item of clothing to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
If the stains haven’t been loosened this time, explain linen manufacturers Tow and Line, go ahead and soak it longer, then just wash it out as before.
9. Marble Cleaner
- 2 drops mild dishwashing liquid
- 2 cups warm water
Next time you need to clean off your natural stone countertops, use this gentle cleanser. Rinse with a damp cloth and buff dry, don’t air dry.
Remember never to use lemons or anything acidy to clean these stones as these acids will eat away at the rock.
With these simple cleaning hacks, you’ll be ready to tackle even the most stubborn stains.