DIY or Store-Bought? What Are the Best Cleaning Products for Your Home?

DIY or Store-Bought? What Are the Best Cleaning Products for Your Home?

Keeping your home clean can seem like a neverending battle against dirt and grime. An average family spends between $40 and $50 on cleaning products every month. 

You can save money by making your cleaning products. But you may worry that they won’t be as effective as the superstar products in stores. 

Which are the best cleaning products to make yourself? Which ones should you buy? Read on to learn more!

Homemade Cleaners

It’s easy to think that you need to buy expensive cleaning products for the best performance. But you can still get powerful results from DIY homemade cleaners.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix up a paste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain or mark you want to clean.

Rub with a sponge or even your fingers if you’re wearing gloves. Rinse clean and enjoy sparkling new items!

Add some dish soap and apply the mixture to armpit stains. Give it a scrub before you put the shirt in the washing machine.

Baking soda on its own is gentle enough to clean most surfaces without damaging them. But it’s harsh enough to clean away grease or grime.

Hydrogen peroxide helps brighten surfaces, so you can use it instead of bleach to brighten laundry or remove stains.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Prefer spray cleaners? Why not make your own?

Add 1 teaspoon of borax, 1/2 teaspoon of washing soda, and 1 teaspoon of castile soap to a glass spray bottle. Now add two cups of hot water to the bottle. Screw the top on and shake well.

Finally, add 18 drops of whichever essential oils you prefer and shake again. Peppermint and lavender make a nice combination. Or try orange and cinnamon for a Christmassy scent.

You’ve got your own homemade all-purpose spray cleaner!

Vinegar Cleaner

White vinegar is a superstar in the cleaning world. Mix it with water to create a multi-purpose cleaner for hundreds of items.

Soap scum, limescale, and plenty of other stains are no match for vinegar. Make a diluted solution with water and spray and then apply it to glass surfaces for a streak-free, sparkling finish.

Store-Bought Cleaners

DIY products can be a great option. But sometimes, it’s more practical or quicker to buy a readymade cleaner.

That’s particularly true if your teenagers follow a cleaning chart as part of their weekly chores. You don’t always want them to mix up cleaners from scratch.

But which are the best cleaning products found at a store?

Bar Keepers Friend

This handy powdered cleaner is an excellent all-purpose cleaner. It’ll remove stains from copper, tile, fiberglass, stainless steel, and even porcelain!

It uses oxalic acid, which eliminates lime, rust, and other substances.

Magic Eraser

These sponges are made from melamine foam, and they live up to their name. They’ll take marks off baseboards, walls, shoes, and even stubborn coffee stains from mugs!

They work like super-fine sandpaper because of their chemical structure. But they’re safe to use, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Warhorse Pure Gold All-Purpose Cleaner

This plant-based cleaner is a concentrated product, so the bottle will last a long time. Dilute the soap to clean everything from the siding of your house to your laundry.

Best of all, it doesn’t include harsh chemicals and it’s not toxic, which is great if you have pets or children in the house.

The Best Cleaning Products Suit Your Needs

These are the products we recommend for your home. But the best cleaning products are the ones that suit your cleaning schedule and your family’s needs.

Choose the ones that help you work around sensitive skin, allergies, or your feelings about chemicals in the home.

For those times when you need a little more cleaning help, why not contact us? We’d be happy to give you a quote.

2018-12-10T18:38:55+00:00December 17th, 2018|House Cleaning Tips|
Founded by Lisa Siciliano and Glen Eddins, Rescue My Time Cleaning exists to serve the greater Gwinnett area. The team at Rescue My Time Cleaning Service are trained professionals and long time members of the cleaning community. Each of our cleaning technicians is licensed, bonded, and insured, and are dedicated to serving YOU as best they can.

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