DIY/Natural Cleaners for the Tough Jobs
In our recent blog on DIY natural cleaners we outlined some of our favorite cleaners you can use at home that are effective and inexpensive. However, there are some tougher jobs out there such as those burnt on oven messes, that will need a little extra help. Here at Master Clean USA- we have seen some of the toughest jobs you can imagine in our move out cleaning service and we prefer the commercial oven cleaners and degreasers to get the job done quick. But at home, you have the luxury of trying out some more natural options that are pretty effective. Let us know how they work for you!
Natural Oven Cleaner: Make a paste with about ½ cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water. Spread the paste over your oven (skip the heating elements) and let sit overnight. The next day wipe out with a wet microfiber rag and then spritz the oven with white vinegar and wipe clean. For extra heavy oven cleaning try spritzing the vinegar before wiping up the baking soda paste. Watch it foam up and use your sponge or rag to scrub (the baking soda is slightly abrasive and helps clean up burnt on messes like your store-bought Soft Scrub). Then rinse with a clean microfiber rag, spritzing with vinegar along the way.
DIY Heavy Duty Stain Remover for Linens: I mentioned this in another of our blogs, but it bears repeating again here. The other day my husband inadvertently washed a pen in his new favorite shirt and it ended up in the dryer staining everything. My go-to peroxide laundry stain remover wouldn’t do the trick on this stubborn stain. Fortunately, a little research found that acetone nail polish remover (and some patience as I reapplied and blotted many times) and then glycerin soap did the trick. He was literally stunned that his shirt was saved. Use the nail polish remover to wet the stain, blot with a clean paper towel, wet again and blot until it doesn’t “bleed” anymore when wetting with the nail polish remover. Then suds up the area using a bar of glycerin soap. Wet the area you treated, rub with the bar of soap and then rub the area with a soft brush or your fingers until really soapy and stain is barely visible if at all. Wash as normal.
DIY Hard Water Stain Remover: I have heard a lot of DIY stories on how to remove hard water with homemade solutions and nothing has worked as well as our commercial products. There is one method out there that suggests mixing vodka and coke, spraying on and watching the hard water melt away. That may work, but then I might have to clean up the stains from the coke, so I think I will skip that one! The best DIY solutions contain vinegar and/or lemon, dish soap, baking soda and Epson salt. For the easiest method, try mixing equal parts white vinegar, dawn dish soap and lemon juice and spraying on and letting sit a few minutes. For hard jobs, mix up a baking soda paste and use like you would your Soft Scrub on shower doors or tile. Then spray with vinegar and scrub until bubbles subside. The nice thing about these methods is that they are gentle on your surfaces and you don’t have to worry about damage.
DIY Degreaser: Greasy messes can be effectively cleaned with homemade cleaners. Often, hot water and dish detergent is more than enough to cut through greasy glass stove tops or kitchen counters. For extra heavy messes, add a couple drops of dish soap to a cup of distilled white vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle. Shake and use as you would other cleaners. The baking soda gives a slight abrasive nature and vinegar helps cut through grease. If you are bothered by the vinegar smell, add a couple drops of essential oils.
Some homemade cleaners have shorter shelf life than the store-bought version so keep that in mind when whipping up your cleaners. Cleaners with lemon juice, for example, will only last a few days and should be stored in the refrigerator… others such as those with vinegar can last indefinitely depending on the mix. However, regardless of shelf-life, I think most would say whipping up a fresh batch of needed cleaner each time you clean is more than worth the effort for the peace of mind it gives.