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5 Germ-Battling DIY Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home | RMHP Blog

5 Germ-Battling DIY Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home | RMHP Blog



How to Make DIY Cleaning Solutions

You may already know which toxic chemicals to avoid in your cleaning products, but what should you use in their place?

To keep your house clean and germ-free, here are five DIY cleaning solutions you can easily make right at home.

1. Lemon-based cleanser:

This mixture will eliminate 99% of bacteria from surfaces, making it ideal for the kitchen and bathrooms:

  • Mix one part lemon juice, one part white vinegar, and two parts water in a plastic spray bottle.
  • Screw on the nozzle and give it a good shake.
  • Spray the solution on any smooth surfaces you would like to disinfect.

2. Glass cleaner:

Mix rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and water to create a germ-fighting glass cleaner:

  • Add a cup of rubbing alcohol, a cup of water, and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to a spray bottle.
  • Spray the mixture onto mirrors, glass, chrome finishes, and ceramic tiles, then wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

3. Vinegar pastes and scrubs:

This DIY cleanser can eliminate stubborn fabric and carpet stains:

  • Mix equal parts table salt, vinegar, and Borax in a large bowl until you create a paste.
  • Apply the paste directly to the stained area.
  • Allow it to sit for several minutes before wiping with a towel.

4. Vinegar and oil:

This homemade cleaning solution works on both glass and wooden surfaces:

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and olive oil.
  • Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and apply it to the surface in a circular motion.
  • The oils will loosen sticky grime and gunk, and the vinegar will disinfect the surface.

5. Tea tree oil and baking soda:

Add a few drops of tea tree oil and water to baking soda to make an abrasive cleansing paste. Baking soda has been shown to have antimicrobial traits that make it a viable germ-eradicator. It also has abrasive qualities that help you scrub away grime, grease, and soap scum. Tea tree oil has even been shown to have antimicrobial qualities against a wide range of harmful organisms that cause foodborne illnesses.

How to make cleaners that kill viruses

You need to use harsher agents to eliminate coronaviruses, noroviruses, flu viruses, and bacteria. To kill coronavirus and other harmful pathogens, the CDC recommends DIY cleansers that incorporate bleach or alcohol.

  • Bleach cleanser: The CDC bleach recipe calls for a mixture of three cups of bleach for every one gallon of water. That amounts to four teaspoons of bleach for every quart of water.
  • Alcohol cleanser: To make an alcohol-based cleaning solution, dilute 90% alcohol with several ounces of water. If you have 70% rubbing alcohol, you can use it undiluted.

Before you use a disinfectant, be sure to scrub away grime, gunk, and crumbs with a regular cleaner (the five recipes above all work great). Additionally, never mix bleach with vinegar, ammonia, or any other cleaning solution. If you used a vinegar-based DIY cleaner, rinse with water before using a bleach-based disinfectant.