4 Must-have DIY Cleaning Solutions for the Home

If you have a home with kids or pets, chances are you have had concerns over the amount of commercial cleaning products that you have around the house. These are not only dangerous when ingested, but they can cause burns to the skin. Kids and pets have a knack for digging through storage spaces they shouldn’t be into, so accidents are highly plausible. 

Avoid using commercial cleaners with harsh chemicals in them, and create your own array of cleaning solutions instead that are guaranteed to be completely safe for you and your family. Never again worry about your kids or pets getting into your drain cleaner or floor spray! 

If you avail services from Luce professional cleaning experts, you can always opt to ask them to use your safe cleaning solutions instead of any chemical or commercial cleaners they may have. These professional cleaners have been trained to make use of any type of cleaning product – whether mass produced or homemade! 

  1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Oven Cleaner

Ovens come in direct contact with food so understandably, you wouldn’t want to get harsh chemicals into your oven. Chemical cleaners can affect the taste and quality of your food as the heat breaks down the cleaning product. The result could be dangerous – even leaving just a teaspoonful of oven cleaner can create harmful vapors that get into your food! 

Go the safer route by using a paste made from baking soda and vinegar. These two ingredients are completely safe, even when they come in contact with the heat of the oven. Yet, they are highly effective at clearing away those food stains and burnt bits from your oven. Mix enough baking soda and white vinegar to form a paste, and let the paste sit on stains to remove them.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide Spray

Hydrogen peroxide makes a terrific grout cleaner that can remove stains, kill mold, and disinfect your tiles at the same time. Grout is tricky to clean, especially when the porous surface accumulates mold that starts to stain the grout. Hydrogen peroxide kills the source of the stain, and whitens grout to its former glory. 

Place hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio. Give the bottle a gentle shake to incorporate the ingredients, and spray around your bathroom and kitchen tiles to clean the grout. Let the solution sit, and rinse or wipe clean to remove the loosened dirt. Hydrogen peroxide is completely safe when diluted and in small amounts. 

  1. On-the-Go Bleach Pen

Soaking your white fabrics in bleach is tricky when you’ve got kids and pets around. The best case scenario is that the bleach affects other articles of clothing or furniture. The worst case scenario is accidental ingestion of chlorine bleach. 

To avoid these issues, make a bleach pen using a washable marker and some pure bleach. First, take out the felt tip and the ink cartridge of the washable pen, and run it under water until the ink is gone. Soak the cartridge and the felt tip in a bowl of bleach for 10 minutes, then place back into the pen. Use the pen directly on stain spots to remove them without having to soak it. 

  1. Lemon and Salt Kitchen Scrub

Cutting boards starting to get nasty? There’s a reason why chefs and food safety experts recommend using different cutting boards for different food. As your knife creates groves in the board, bacteria and germs start to accumulate in these areas. 

Take half a lemon and some rock salt, and start scrubbing the cutting board to get rid of odors, and kill germs deep within the groves. The lemon will kill off any bacteria, and the salt provides an abrasive action to tackle the dirt from the knife marks. Rinse the cutting board afterwards, and let it dry completely before storing.


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