Now more than ever, it is important that our homes remain clean and germ free. With the recent spread of the coronavirus, also called COVID-19, homeowners are looking for ways to deep clean their home to keep family members healthy and safe.
If you are running low on cleaning supplies, or might run out soon, don’t risk running to the store. Know that you could easily make your own cleaner at home!
1. All Purpose Cleaner
- One part white vinegar
- One part water
- Lemon rinds
- Rosemary springs
This cleaner is good for many surfaces, such as walls and counter-tops. But avoid granite, as acid can break down the stone! Combine the ingredients listed above and let it infuse for a week. The lemon and rosemary leaves behind an invigorating scent that is sure to make your home smell good!
2. Window and Glass Cleaner
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dish soap
Wipe away those fingerprints on windows and glass coffee tables with this cleaner! Simple combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. You could also add a drop or two of essential oil to add scent.
3. Marble and Granite Cleaner
- 2 drops mild dish washing liquid
- 2 cups warm water
The combination of dish washing soap and water can effectively kill germs on marble or granite counter-tops! Use a sponge soaked in the liquid to go over marble. Rinse the surface and then buff with a soft cloth.
4. Bathroom Cleaner
- 1 2/3 cup baking soda
- ½ cup dish soap
- ½ cup water
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
Combine the baking soda and the soap first, do it slowly while constantly mixing so no clumps form. Then add the water and vinegar. You can use a sprayer to cover any hard surfaces in the bathroom. Then all you have to do is rinse!
5. Hard Surface Disinfectant
- 1/3 cup chlorine bleach
- 1 gallon of water
Bleach is great for killing germs! This DIY cleaner is great for all hard, non-porous surfaces in your home. Make sure to wear gloves when handling bleach, and avoid contact with skin or clothing. Use a soaked cloth to wipe surfaces and let air dry. If you’re cleaning a food contact surface, rinse the surface with water first before air drying.
If you have isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, you could easily clean and disinfect surfaces directly. Keep the surface wet for at least 30 seconds before rinsing or air drying.