Time to Spring Clean! We were out of town last week so I’m planning to get a lot done in the coming weeks now – especially since it’s a bit warmer now too. I want to share with you some of my favorite homemade cleaning solutions as well as some (free) printable cleaning checklists to help you stay the course.
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These cleaning checklists will help to keep you on track weekly, monthly and seasonally.
Want more cleaning help? Check out these posts …
- How to Clean Hardwood Floors – including a DIY recipe
- How to Clean Oven Racks – without chemicals!
- Declutter your house fast – free printable checklist
DIY All-Purpose/Disinfectant Spray
I will be the first to admit that I don’t always have time to make my own cleaning solutions. However, for the times I do, I love whipping up a batch of this DIY all-purpose spray. It literally costs pennies to throw together and more importantly – it works like a charm! This spray uses just a handful of simple ingredients that you already have in your house.
I know there are a TON of homemade cleaning recipes out there, but I wanted to share what works for me too.
Basically, you just need Water, Rubbing Alcohol and Dish Soap. Or really just Water and Dish Soap for a simple all-purpose spray. I don’t believe that we need to be constantly disinfecting everything. I’m partial to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. It smells sooo good and I love that it’s all-natural.
You can also add vinegar but vinegar is not safe for granite or marble countertops and it can ruin the finish on some hardwood floors (I’ve heard – haven’t experienced that myself).
I have two littles at home – one is school age – so we have our fair share of germs. When they are sick – I’m all about killing those nasty germs and bugs around the house! When they are not, I think this simple all-purpose spray really does the trick when cleaning. The dish soap is neutral and safe to use on all surfaces. When I want to disinfect, it’s easy enough to add in the rubbing alcohol.
Also – it’s important to note – if you are using essential oils, it’s best to use a glass spray container (such as this one). Essential oils can break down the plastic in a plastic spray bottle (again – so I’ve heard.) I just wanted to throw that tip out there though!
- 3 cups of water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- a squirt of dish soap
DIY Mirror Cleaner
I don’t think I have bought a commercial window cleaner in a long time. This simple cleaner has been working for me. I keep a small batch of it in each of the bathrooms along with a microfiber cloth. Mirrors are clean and sparkling after each use!
- 1 part water
- 1 part vinegar
Homemade Magic Stain Remover
I also have to give you this magic stain remover! I’ll give you a little story about how I fell in love with this recipe.
Soooo, we left our outdoor furniture cushions outside all winter – uncovered – exposed to the elements. Surprisingly it wasn’t the rain and weather that almost destroyed our cushions – it was a bird. Yes. One bird. That was making a nest and pulling all kinds of debris and nasty stuff out of our gutters. And dropping a bunch of it repeatedly onto our cushions. I didn’t have the heart to stop him or her. But I silently wept inside with each drop of debris. We have nice white cushions and after the bird incident – they were white and brown and black stained cushions.
Anyways – on a nice sunny day here – I decided to try and tackle the mess with dish soap and water. And nope. It cleaned them but didn’t budge the stains.
Then I remembered about hydrogen peroxide is good for stains. And what do you know – it took the stains right out! Cushions look like new again.
**I tested a small section before using it on the whole cushion – just to make sure it wasn’t going to do any permanent damage. I would suggest you do that as well just in case.
- 2 parts hydrogen peroxide
- 1 part dish soap
Free Printable Cleaning Checklists
I put together these printable cleaning checklists to help you stay on track! I hope these checklists help! It includes a line where you can write in the month or week and keep them with your planners if you want to. 🙂
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What are your favorite homemade cleaning recipes? I’m always looking for new ones and want to compile a list for you guys- so let me know!