Simple Homemade Mild Cleaning Products
White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar also makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin. In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas. In the bathroom, spray countertops, floors and exterior surfaces of the toilet. Spray shower walls generously with the warmed solution, allow to stand for 10 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue. For family members with sensitive skin, add 1 cup to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener.
Baking soda's mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanity units or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. Also sprinkle on Carpet then let it sit for 10 min then vacuum afterwards. For Customers with allergens we use baking soda prior to Deep steam cleaning when controlling odor. Just let our Carpet Technician know when dealing with odor control about the allergens. We also use a product in our carpet cleaning services that is mild, but some people cannot have any perfume or deodorizer left in the carpet do to severe allergic reaction.
Rubbing alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Use it on windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles. Its great on cell phones but apply it sparingly to the cloth not directly onto the phone. We here at Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning use Alcohol to help remove ink on carpet. Try it next time.
Green Clean Recipes
Homemade cleaning products offer many advantages to cost-conscious households. Try these cleaning recipes as a starting point, increasing or decreasing their strength as your household's cleaning needs require.
1) General Cleaner
Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1 Lemon Juice from one lemon
2) Strong All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix in a spray bottle:
2 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia
2 tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid
4 cups water
3) Glass Cleaner
Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of rubbing alcohol. Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
4) Room deodorizer
Lemon peels and Orange peels left in a bowl. Place in the room next to the chair you sit in for the fresh smell.
Should You Rinse Your Carpet?
Ask yourself this would you rinse your dishes, hair, clothes? The same can be said of Cleaning your carpet. Yet so many carpet cleaners place the soap right into the carpet extractor and clean your carpet; leaving the soap behind.
Next time ask your Carpet Tech what are you spraying out of your machine? Is it soap? He may say “it’s a special cleaning agent that is mild and leaves your carpet fresh”. In other words he’s really saying I’m leaving soap behind. I don’t care how mild it is, it could be the greenest cleaning agent around, its still being left on your carpet. It also leaves a film and when you drop any moisture it will attract soil. Same could be said of your children and the pets in your home. What are they walking on? Is it safe? Remember little wet fingers and paws reactivate the detergents left behind.