Any time there’s a stain or a mess in the house, you have to assess the situation: does it look like something you can clean up on your own, or is it a disaster in need of professional help? For the times when you need to call in the experts, we’re here to fix up everything from carpet to tiles, grout, drapes, rugs, and more! Otherwise, there are a few natural cleaners you should keep around your home that could come in handy the next time you’ve got a minor spill or stain to address. Here are our recommendations for cheap and easy cleaning solutions that can be found in your pantry or hall closet!
Four natural cleaners to keep at home
Vinegar has a wide range of uses, including the ability to act as a potent cleaning agent! When it comes to tackling household chores, it can be used for many different purposes: a basic spray cleaner, laundry fabric softener and cleaner, drain de-clogger, carpet cleaner, and more. Many minor carpet stains can be addressed by applying a mixture of vinegar and water to them.
We usually think of salt as something found on the dinner table…not as a cleaning agent! However, salt is great at cleaning lime deposits, small grease stains on carpeting, and wicker furniture. It works by absorbing the moisture in the material it is placed on. Because salt prohibits the growth of mold, bacteria and yeast, it also serves as an effective deodorizer!
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Many of us know just how versatile hydrogen peroxide can be. From cleaning to scrapes to lessening the pain of mouth sores, it is one of the most useful brown bottles you can have in your home! Hydrogen peroxide also happens to be one of our favorite natural cleaners, and is great for degreasing grout. Use it to remove oils and have your grout looking sparkling white again!
Toothpaste (the standard white stuff, not the gel!) acts as a potent stain fighter. It’s useful for polishing faucets and taps in the bathroom or kitchen, as well as eliminating scuff marks from linoleum. Just remember to use the plain variety, and not any that have been designed for tartar control or teeth whitening—those kinds generally have additional chemicals that could damage certain surfaces in your home.