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5 DIY Cleaning Recipes

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Lately, the shelves of cleaning isles have been pretty bare due to the high demand for cleaning products during the Covid-19 pandemic, but don't sweat it, we'll guide you on how you can make your own cleaners (that work miracles!) with simple ingredients you may already have in your home!



KEY INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:


  • Blue Dawn Dish Soap: neutral pH, a mild soap that lifts off dirt and grime, gentle and safe on essentially every surface

  • Distilled White Vinegar: mild disinfectant, grease cutter, glass cleaner, de-scaler

  • Hydrogen Peroxide: naturally occurring bleach, uses oxygen to break bonds between dirt and bacteria and the surface they are on. An amazing disinfectant, stain remover and natural whitener.

  • Rubbing Alcohol: at least 65% USP in order for it to qualify as a disinfectant, can be mixed with water

  • Distilled Water: minerals and contaminants have been removed (optional--you can use regular tap water)

Optional: your favorite essential oil (some of our favorites include lemon, citrus, and peppermint) to give your home a little aromatherapy, energizing boost



1. TUB SHOWER CLEANER


Ingredients:


1 part Blue Dawn Dish Soap

1 part Distilled White Vinegar


How to Make:

  • Heat up vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute

  • Poor heated vinegar into your spray bottle and add equal parts of Blue Dawn Dish Soap to the bottle. Shake well.

  • Optional: add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Tips: If the solution seems too thick or soapy, then you can use 2 parts vinegar and 1 part blue dawn dish soap. Also, if you are adding essential oils, it is best to have the solution mixed in a glass bottle so the oil doesn't break down as quickly.


DO NOT USE on natural stone, marble, or other porous surfaces



2. ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY


Ingredients:


Distilled Water

2 tsp Blue Dawn Dish Soap


How to Make:

  • Fill your spray bottle with Distilled Water (or regular water) about 3 quarters of the way full.

  • Add 2 tsp of Blue Dawn Dish Soap. Shake well.

Tips: This solution is gentle enough to use on pretty much everything! We like to have it in one of our mister bottles to use on areas that don't require much solution, such as cupboards.



3. STAIN REMOVER


Ingredients:


Hydrogen Peroxide

Blue Dawn Dish Soap

Optional: Baking Soda


How to Make:

  • Add 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide to 1 part Blue Dawn Dish Soap. Shake well.

Tips: This is a game-changer for removing stains. Simply spray on stain, rub it in (you can use baking soda to add a bit of abrasion if needed), then rinse it out. It can also be used as a pre-treatment before washing the clothes. Test in an inconspicuous area first as the hydrogen peroxide may discolor.



4. DISINFECTANT


Ingredients:


Distilled Water

Rubbing Alcohol


How to Make:

  • Add 1 part Distilled Water to 1 part Rubbing Alcohol in spray bottle. Shake well.

Tips: Note that disinfecting does not mean cleaning. You must first thoroughly clean the surface (removing dirt, grime, buildup) and then you can use this spray to disinfect (remove bacteria & germs) Use only a small amount where required, such as high-touch surfaces like light switches, your phone case, etc.



5. GLASS CLEANER


Ingredients:


Distilled Water

Distilled White Vinegar


How to Make:

  • Add 1 part Distilled Water to 1 part Distilled White Vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake well.

Tips: Use to clean windows and mirrors with a glass cleaning cloth, mircrofiber cloth, or paper towel. The smell of vinegar dissipates quickly, but we still recommend adding a few drops of essential oils.




SOME GENERAL TIPS


  • Label your bottles with a label maker or easel tape + permanent marker and use different shapes, sizes, and/or colors of bottles to make identifying easier

  • Use clean triggers and bottles only! You don't want to mix chemicals from an old product into your solutions

  • Only make enough for 1-2 months then use it. The DIY cleaners do not have the same stabilizers that are in store-bought products, so their shelf-life is shorter.

  • Never mix a recipe without knowing if it's safe to mix ingredients --- some things you should not mix together! Always be smart and safe :)


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