The Best DIY Cleaning Substitutions to Use

The Best DIY Cleaning Substitutions to Use


If you don’t like to use chemicals to clean your home, then here’s some good news. There are some homemade cleaning products that you can use with natural, eco-friendly, green household items that will limit your chemical exposure.

Here are the safe ingredients you can use to create your DIY cleaning solutions.

The Best Safe Ingredients to Use for DIY Cleaning

#1. Cornstarch

You can use cornstarch to polish your furniture. It will also work to shampoo your rugs or carpets. It absorbs liquids, so it can be used as a stain remover in some carpets. It also makes a great window cleaner.

#2. Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice is one of the strongest food acids that you can find. It works almost as effectively as chemicals that are rated to kill bacteria. Use straight lemon juice to wipe down a counter or surface, then allow the product to work for 5-10 minutes before wiping down again with a wet cloth, then a dry cloth.

#3. Baking Soda

This product will soften your water. It acts as a deodorizer. You can also use it as a scouring solution for tough stains in your oven, on your stovetop, or even your kitchen and bathroom counters.

#4. Castile Soap

This product will clean almost anything. It is fully biodegradable, which means you won’t have to worry about harming the environment. Just check the ingredients before purchasing to ensure there are no petroleum distillates used to create the soap.

#5. Hydrogen Peroxide

This product is commonly used as a disinfect on wounds. It will also disinfect your surfaces for you. This product does contain a mild bleaching effect, so test it on colored countertops or carpets before using it to remove stains. Some people find that exposure to this product can cause irritation of the skin or air passageways, so be sure to use with caution.

#6. Vegetable Oil

You can use canola oil or corn oil to polish your furniture, handrails, trim, and crown molding in your home.

#7. SAL Soda

This product is sometimes referred to as “washing soda.” It is made from sodium carbonate decahydrate. The product is powerful enough to cut through grease, so it can clean tiles, tubs, sinks, and walls. You can’t use this product on aluminum, however, and it is known to irritate your mucus membranes.

#8. Citrus Solvents

These solvents are like an enhanced form of the fruit juices that are used for their acidic qualities. They are often strong enough to clean paintbrushes, remove oil, and even get rid of some tough stains on floors and carpets. If you have a citrus allergy, you’ll want to avoid using this product as it can be a powerful trigger.

It is important to review what ingredients are in all of your household cleaning agents. What you use to clean creates exposures for you and your family. With these natural eco-friendly substitutes, you will be able to put those worries aside for good. 

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