Be honest..how many bottles of cleaning products do you have stored under your sinks? Most likely, they are stuffed full with random cleaning products that claim to clean up any mess you have by removing all the dangerous germs lurking on our sinks, floors, countertops, etc. You probably even have duplicates (oops).
What's the big deal with having so many cleaning products? Well for one, it is a waste of money. Each type of mess or location in your home doesn't need its own specific cleaning product. One or two good products will be able to clean up all your surfaces. Another problem is the hidden chemicals that are in a lot of these products. Sure we want a clean home, but what are we replacing the dirt with? Some of these products have chemicals that don't make our home very healthy.
To avoid the trouble of looking into every ingredient on the product label, and to save money, I use 3 items that most of you probably already have at home. They are: water, white vinegar, and baking soda.
The three of these items are used individually and together to tackle a number of messes. Here is how I use them in my home.
I love using baking soda on sinks and bath tubs to get those stubborn buildups that happen from using all the various products we go through on a daily basis (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc). Sprinkle a bit in your sinks and bathtubs and then with a rag, wipe away the mess! Rinse with water, and you'll get a shiny and clean home in no time.
White Vinegar & Water
I pour a mixture of half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and use it as an everyday cleaning product. I spray it on countertops or spills on carpet to get clean surfaces in my home. For on carpet, I soak the stain and then dab the excess with water and let air dry.
For stubborn stains, especially on carpets or rugs, I use both my white vinegar and water mixture, and baking soda. I first sprinkle in some baking soda and really rub it into the stain. After a few minutes, I spray it with white vinegar and watch it fizzle away the mess. I usually dab away any excess liquid and/or baking soda and then vacuum over it to clean up any remaining baking soda.
There you have it! For most everyday messes and cleaning, these three items will get the job done. It doesn't take a lot to clean a home, and it doesn't require a ton of products with questionable ingredients. Keep cleaning simple and safe with these easy DIY cleaning items.
Do you already use these items to help clean? If so, in what ways? I would love to hear of any cleaning tricks you all may have.