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Homemade, Natural, Affordable Cleaning Solutions

Are you looking for effective cleaners for your kitchen that don’t cost an arm and a leg? Making your own from a few common household ingredients is the answer you might be looking for. Add the power of a good scent and your cleaners will be better than any commercial product you can find. Here are a few recipes to get you started on saving.

All Purpose Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner is great for wiping down counters, back splashes, and the floor. It needs to be able to cut grease and breakdown sticky messes. Vinegar is an excellent natural acid that helps with this job. Dishwashing soap also cuts through grease.

Combine equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add a teaspoon of a dishwashing soap. Add 30 drops of lemon essential oil for every 4 cups of liquid. The lemon leaves a fresh, clean smell while also acting as a purifying agent.

Glass Cleaner

Glass in kitchens attract grease and can become covered with fine particles trapped in the greasy film. To cut through this, you need vinegar. Rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning glass, as it leaves behind no streaks. Adding a cleansing will help purify during the cleaning process.

Add three cups of water to a spray bottle. A 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. You can use an essential oil like lemon, lime, melaleuca, cinnamon or thyme. Add 20 drops of the oil to the water/vinegar/alcohol mixture.

Soft Scrub

Some surfaces, like glass stove tops, need something that will scrub off hardened or baked-on food. A soft scrub mixture needs an abrasive that mixes well with a thick liquid soap. Essential oils can help with cutting the mess, cleaning the surface, and leaving a pleasant smell behind.

Use 1 cup baking soda and add 1/4 cup liquid castile soap. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more of the soap. You are looking for a paste you can apply with a rag or sponge. Use an acidic doTERRA oil like lemon, lime, or wild orange. Add 20 drops to the mixture. Keep it in a closed container.

These solutions will help keep your kitchen clean and smelling good at the same time. Make your own recipes and buy in bulk the ingredients you need. Soon you’ll see the savings pile up.

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