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7 DIY Household Cleaners

Be your own Mr. Clean

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1. 2-Ingredient Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray

Materials:

Empty spray bottle

1 part white distilled vinegar

1 part water

Microfiber cloth

Instructions:

1. Fill your empty spray bottle halfway with white distilled vinegar and halfway with water.

2. Spray your stainless steel surfaces and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

2. DIY Drain-O

Materials:

1 part salt

1 part baking soda

White vinegar

Boiling water

Instructions:

1. Remove the drain cap.

2. Mix equal parts baking soda and salt in a bowl.

3. Pour baking soda mixture down the drain.

4. Next, pour warm vinegar down the drain and let sit for a few minutes.

5. Finally, pour boiling water down the drain until it clears.

6. Return the drain cap to its place and you’re good to go!

TIP: Store the mixture of baking soda and salt in an airtight container for whenever you have a clog.

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3. DIY Toilet-Cleaning Pods

Materials:

1 cup baking soda

¼ cup citric acid

1 tablespoon dish soap

Bowl

Spoon

Ice cube tray


Instructions:

1. Stir together the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl until combined.

2. Slowly stir in the dish soap until the mixture resembles wet sand.

3. Divide and firmly pack the pod mixture among the cups on an ice cube tray; let dry at least 4 hours. If the mixture expands above the tray, firmly press back down.

4. Once dry, unmold the pods and store in an airtight container.

5. To use, simply drop into the toilet and let sit until the pod stops bubbling.

Note: These are great for refreshing your toilet in between full cleanings.

4. Nontoxic DIY Car Cleaner

Supplies:

Spray bottle

Funnel

Measuring cup

½ cup vinegar

1 cup club soda

½ cup nontoxic dish soap

¼ cup lemon juice

Scrub brush

Microfiber cloth

Instructions:

1. Pour distilled white vinegar into empty bottle.

2. Mix in with club soda, nontoxic dish soap, and lemon juice.

3. Lightly shake bottle to mix ingredients.

4. Spray a moderate amount of mixture onto an upholstered surface.

5. Scrub area with a clean brush until clean. Add additional spray when needed.

6. Dry area with a clean towel.

5. DIY Laundry Detergent

Materials:

1 bar pure castile soap

2 ½ cups washing soda (also known as Soda Ash or Laundry Soda - you can find it in the cleaning aisle of most major grocery stores)

1 cup distilled white vinegar

Essential oil of your preference (only if not using a scented castile soap)

2 ice cube trays

Box grater or blender/food processor

Instructions:

1. Grate the castile soap using a box grater. You can also cut it into chunks and blend in a food processor.

2. In a large bowl, add soap, washing soda, vinegar and 10-15 drops of essential oil (if using). 3. Stir immediately until combined and chunks begin to form. Add a little more vinegar if necessary. (Avoid touching the mixture directly with your hands, as it can dry out your skin.)

4. Spoon mixture into ice cube trays and pack down tightly with the back of the spoon.

5. Let sit to dry overnight.

6. Use one pod per load of laundry in both regular and HE washing machines.

6. Two-Ingredient Bathtub Cleaner

Materials:

1 part dish soap

1 part warm vinegar

Instructions:

1. Mix together the dish soap and warm vinegar in an empty spray bottle.

2. Spray mixture onto dirty bathtub. Let sit 30 minutes. Wipe and rinse clean.

7. Dishwasher Detergent Pods

Materials:

1 cup baking soda

1 cup washing soda

1 cup salt

¼ cup citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup white vinegar per cycle

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, mix the baking soda, washing soda, salt, and citric acid.

2. Add the water to the dry ingredients and wait about 1 minute until the bubbles reduce before mixing until thoroughly combined.

3. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the detergent mixture into each mold of an ice cube tray. Flatten the detergent into the molds with your fingers.

4. Let the tray sit out to dry overnight before unmolding.

5. To unmold, twist the ice cube trays to help release the pods, turn the tray over, and tap against the counter until the pods have released.

6. Store in an airtight container.

7. Pour a ½ cup of white vinegar into the rinse aid spout before each cycle; this helps eliminate detergent streaks from forming on your dishes during the rinse aid cycle.

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