Do-It -Yourself Cleaning Supplies in Under 5 Minutes and How to Use Them

Try baking soda
it dissolves dirt and grease and is a gentle abrasive

BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY

Nothing is worse than a stain or a spill that desperately needs attention without any way to clean it. This article will save you a trip to the store by describing how you can make supplies with the things you already have at home.

Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons vinegar
12 drops lemon essential oil (maybe more, because vinegar has a strong smell!)
Directions:
Mix vinegar and essential oil in a 22- to 32-ounce spray bottle. Fill with water and use as a window cleaner.
Wipe windows dry with well-crumpled newspapers to impart shine.
Shake bottle before spraying.
Uses:
• Glassware and jewelry polish
• Ant killer and repellant
• Laundry stains
• Degreaser
• Grout cleaner
• Whiteboard eraser

Tub and Tile Scrub

ESSENTIAL OILS are a natural deodorizer

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. sea salt (table grind)
15 drops grapefruit essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
Directions:
Mix dry ingredients and sprinkle mix with essential oils.
Sprinkle on tub and tile surfaces and gently scrub, then rinse.
Uses:
• Tub and Tile Cleaner
• Mattress, carpet, and shoe deodorizer (sprinkle on, leave it on for about 20 minutes, and then vacuum it off)

Toilet Cleaning Bomb

Ingredients:
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1 Tbsp. liquid soap
30 drops essential oils
Directions:
Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a mixing bowl and stir well. Add essential oils to the bowl and mix well. Pour the liquid soap into a spray bottle and mist the powder mixture with it. You want to get the mixture wet enough that it holds together when you squeeze it together but not soaked. Press the mixture into a small bath bomb or silicone mold.
Uses:
• Toilet, sink, and tub cleaner
• Dishwasher polish

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