While homebound this year, you may have noticed your luxury leased dwelling could use a little sprucing up. A shopping trip isn’t needed for chemicals to give your house a deep cleaning – it’s possible to create effective DIY cleaning products with items most people have at home.
DIY cleaning products have a number of advantages over their commercially produced cousins, including being better for your health, better for the environment, and better for your bank book. Here are a few basic products you can make at home to help your Avilla Home sparkle.
DIY Cleaning Products For Effective Deep Cleaning
- Floor cleaner. It’s possible to get non-porous tile and sealed wooden floors clean with white vinegar and water. You can offset the strong vinegar odor by adding a few drops of an essential oil, such as lemon, orange, vanilla or eucalyptus. As with most mopping tasks, you’ll want a sturdy bucket and an easy-to-use mop at your side.
- Carpet stain removers. While it is important to match the DIY cleaning product you use to the type of carpet stain you have, a fascinating array of household products can help lift out stains. Coffee and tea stains can be removed by pouring beer on the stain (yes, really); grease, oil and ink spills can be removed by making a paste of cornstarch and milk. Baking soda can help freshen and clean carpet stains made by bodily fluids like vomit or urine.
- Natural window cleaner. Try mixing 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a 24 ounce spray bottle. Shake well to combine the ingredients and spray onto a microfiber cloth.
- Kitchen cleaner/deodorizer. Another seemingly miraculous DIY cleaning product is baking soda. You can clean and deodorize kitchen surfaces – including counters and appliances – with a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Stainless steel sinks can shine again if you apply a paste of water and baking soda using a wet cloth, then rinse and rub the surfaces dry.
- Soap scum buster. You can cut through mildew and other forms of gunky build-up on your tub by mixing baking soda with liquid castile soap, then giving it a good scrub and a rinse.
- Dryer sheet alternative. If you like your laundry to smell delightful but prefer to avoid chemicals in dryer sheets, you can create a sachet of dried herbs (think lemon verbena or lavender) and throw it into the dryer when you start the cycle. The result is chemical-free, fresh-scented laundry.
Deep cleaning can make your home smell, function, look better, and be more comfortable. Using DIY cleaning products trims worry and expense from your projects. Remember, too, your home comes with 24-hour maintenance, as well as trash valet service. We want your Avilla Home to be comfort-filled, so if your cleaning spree uncovers a maintenance need, call us!