Cleaning Solutions in a Hurry

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Posted by Jessica | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-06-2011

Organizedhome.comIt’s getting late. You just pulled up at the family vacation spot after a long car ride. Everyone’s tired. As you eat a quick late dinner together, you hear the slap of plastic against the floor and realize that your son just spilled dark red juice all over the rug in the kitchen. You head to the cabinet under the sink, only to realize that all you have in the way of cleaning supplies is a container of wipes and a bottle of dish soap—no carpet cleaner.

Fortunately, you don’t need a different store-bought bottle of cleaner for each and every emergency. Making your own stuff can be better for the environment and easier on your budget. As a bonus, just by stocking your home or cabin with a few basics—like vinegar and baking soda—you can do most of your cleaning without needing a specified cleaner for each surface, and you can whip up a batch of whatever you need whenever you need it.

  • For carpet stains, according to RealSimple.com, use a white cloth to dab a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts water (don’t apply directly to the carpet).  This quick and easy cleaning solution is made from items you probably already have on hand.
  • Other pantry staples have powerful cleaning properties as well, according to this piece by Organizedhome.com. Baking soda makes an effective, yet gentle scouring powder, while a combination of two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice makes a brilliant furniture polish.
  • Borax may not be a part of your everyday routine, but it can be mixed into a variety of cleaners and works well as a disinfectant. This sheet from Ecocycle.org has a fairly extensive list of recipes for cleaners using borax and other ingredients.

Another good thing about using the products already on your shelves is that it cuts clutter by eliminating the need for twenty different cleaning products. So your home is just a little bit tidier already, even before you start cleaning.

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