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.
This mixture will eliminate 99% of bacteria from surfaces, making it ideal for the kitchen and bathrooms:
Mix rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and water to create a germ-fighting glass cleaner:
This DIY cleanser can eliminate stubborn fabric and carpet stains:
This homemade cleaning solution works on both glass and wooden surfaces:
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.
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.
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.