You know how you have to lock up your cleaning solutions so toddlers or babies don't get their hands on them? If they ingested some regular household cleaners, they could die. Does that seem a little intense to you? Yes, us too. That's part of the motivation behind using green and safe products to clean with. These aren't products that you want to ingest, but they'll do a lot less damage than the same amount of something chemical. Want to learn how to make your own cleaning products to keep everyone a little safer? Keep reading. You probably already have them all in your home!

1. Plain Baking Soda

When it comes to stains, carpets, and even caked on/baked on food, look no further than your cabinet. Baking soda is an amazing cleaning tool that you can use for just about anything. Seriously. Some people even wash their hair and face with it! To use baking soda to clean things that can get wet, like dishes and clothes, make a thick paste of baking soda with it and water. Apply to the stain or to the dish and let it sit for a while. It'll soften and then you can scrub the stain or the gunk off. You can even add baking soda to your laundry loads to boost colors and fight odor.

2. Lemon Essential Oil

When it comes to essential oils, nothing has better cleaning power than lemon. However, you need to be careful with the amount you use. Diluting lemon essential oil in a glass spray bottle with tap water and a teaspoon or so of dish soap will make a great all-around cleaning spray. For delicate surfaces, place a few drops of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth and place it in a plastic bag. Let that sit overnight so the oil soaks into the cloth. Then you can use the cloth to rub down your wood surfaces and give them a nice glow.

3. White Vinegar

This one divides people - some hate the smell of vinegar, so if you're not a fan, skip this cleanser. Like baking soda, you can use plain white vinegar with just about anything. Use a 1 to 10 ratio for vinegar to water. If that smells too strong you're welcome to add more water. You can even combine the power of vinegar and baking soda for some fizzy cleaning powder. Some people swear by diluting some vinegar in water and spraying down their shower with it after they rinse off. If you don't like the smell - add some lemon or tea tree essential oil. Make sure you use the proper dilution to oz for the specific oil and get it from a high-quality distributor.

4. Vodka

Yes, that clear magic liquid has some cleaning properties. That's why in some survival movies you'll see people pouring it over wounds. Hopefully, your life will never come to that. But it can help you clean windows without the ammonia that's in Windex. All you need is a spray bottle, plain vodka, water, and a drop(!) of dish soap. When we say drop, we seriously mean one drop, or you'll be sorry. Shake it up and then let it settle again so there aren't a lot of bubbles. Spray it onto your windows and even delicate countertops. For vodka, you're looking at about a 1 to 5 ratio for water.

DIY Cleaning Products

When you're making these cleaning products, most of the time, less is more. Especially when it comes to vinegar. You don't want to overdo it or your home will smell like the inside of a pickle jar. Don't want to worry about making your own cleaning products? We get it. That's why we'll use natural products when we clean your home. Get a quote for our cleaning services today.