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Home Improvement  /  August 11, 2016

DIY Home Cleaning Products

Everybody loves a good DIY. Have you ever tried making your own cleaning products, though? This is a really great option for homeowners who have kiddos around the house, as a homemade cleaning product is less harmful and less toxic. Most homemade products are generally a little better for the environment as well. Also, they are almost always more cost-effective than purchasing the products at the store. It’s a win-win-win! At Handyman Connection of McKinney, we’re here to help.

Here are some of the coolest, and easiest homemade cleaning products.

All-Purpose Spray

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water – and that’s it! You’ll have yourself an all purpose cleaning solution. Put it in a spray bottle and get to cleaning.

White vinegar is a weak form of acid that is created through fermentation of sugars or starches. As you probably know, it’s completely edible so it won’t be a hazard to anyone in your home.

Homemade Windex

Rubbing alcohol can be harmful if ingested, however it’s something in most people’s homes and can serve a lot of useful purposes, especially for cleaning solutions.

Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of, our friend, white vinegar in a spray bottle.

DIY Oven Cleaner

Typical oven cleaners that you’ll find in grocery stores here in McKinney can contain harsh ingredients. Try this solution you can mix up with a couple ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet.

Combine 2 cups of hot water, 1 tablespoon of dish liquid soap, and 1 teaspoon of borax. Borax is known for being a popular ingredient in natural homemade cleaning mixtures. It’s a naturally occurring mineral, however it can irritate you if it gets in your eyes or on your skin. Handle it just as you would with rubbing alcohol and you will be good to go.

Mix up the ingredients, spray the problems in your oven and let the solution sit for 15-20 minutes, then wipe it all down with a clean cloth. You’ll be good to go!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Some store bought laundry powders contain harmful chemicals with heavy fragrances. If you want a less harmful, less expensive option, consider trying this mixture to make your own.

Combine half of a cup of grated plain bar soap, a half of a cup of borax, and a half of a cup of washing soda. Mix them all up and store in an airtight container. We’d recommend using 1 tablespoon per load, depending on the size of the load.

Do you have any other homemade cleaning product recipes that you have around your home here in McKinney? We’d love to hear what works best for you and your family. Let us know, and be sure to give Handyman Connection of McKinney a call for any of your home maintenance, repair, renovation, or any other home related needs.


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