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9 Natural, Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Every Nook in the House

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are upon us, folks. That’s right. Thanksgiving is over and we’re looking ahead to the December holidays and New Year’s Eve. We couldn’t be happier that the most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived. We live for the celebrations and the chance to welcome guests into our home. After all, friends, food, and fun are what the holidays are all about. We can’t wait to deck the halls and make merry but before we do that we always recommend doing one, admittedly less glamorous thing: cleaning. Now is the perfect time to get your house spic and span. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite natural, homemade cleaning solutions for every corner in your home. Get ready to make your space so fresh and so clean, clean.

Grout

Over time grout can get a bit grimy and the longer it goes without some TLC, the harder it will be to return to its original shade. But fret not: This tough-acting paste will make cleaning this tough surface a breeze.

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (we love tea tree)

Mix the above ingredients into a thick paste and scrub grout with a toothbrush or other stiff brush. Wipe clean.

Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal has started to smell a bit funky, we have a simple, easy fix using an ingredient you probably already have at home.

  • 1 lemon
  • Hot water

Cut lemon in half. Run hot water down disposal and drop the lemons in. With the hot water running, turn on the disposal and run until the lemons have been fully consumed.

Toilet

Another pesky place to clean: the commode. But getting your toilet clean is actually quite simple. With just two ingredients it’ll be sparkling.

  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray inside of toilet bowl and let stand for 15 minutes. Then spray it again and scrub until clean. Flush to rinse.

Oven

Unless your oven is equipped with a self-cleaning feature, there’s a good chance you can’t remember the last time you cleaned it. That means a fair amount of grime may have built up over the past few months. This simple, effective cleaning solution will have your oven looking like new in just a few minutes.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-3 tbsp water (adjust to get right consistency)
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Mix baking soda, water, and 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a paste. Spread along all of the walls, floor, and door of your oven. Let the mixture rest overnight. When you open the oven the next day you will see some spots of baking soda. Spray all of those spots with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. This will create a foam. Wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth.

Slow Drains

A slow drain is one of those frustrating issues that tends to linger because it’s seldom so troubling that we would pay to have a plumber come in and snake the drain. And while there are plenty of over-the-counter drain cleaners out there, these tend to be quite toxic and bad for the environment. This cleaning solution, on the other hand, is natural and just as effective.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups boiling water

Sprinkle the baking soda into the drain. Pour vinegar down drain. Let stand for 60 minutes. Pour boiling water down drain to rinse.

Mirrors and Glass

Finding the right glass cleaner is harder than it should be. Too many brands leave streaks or bad smells behind. But this simple solution does neither.

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well, making sure all of the cornstarch is combined. Spray onto glass surfaces and mirrors and wipe clean.

Note: Be sure to shake the bottle before each use.

Carpet Freshener

If you aren’t blessed with hardwood floors, chances are your carpets have gotten a little musty over time. This quick and easy powder mixture will have it smelling fresh in no time.

  • 3 cups Borax
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 15 drops essential oil of your choice

Whisk all ingredients in a mixing bowl until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. When ready to use, sprinkle evenly on the carpet and let sit for 60 minutes. Vacuum carpet.

Shower Mold and Mildew

There is nothing more embarrassing than a moldy or mildew shower. But we get it—life gets in the way of tackling small tasks like these. Treat your guests to a spotless shower or bath with this easy solution.

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons tea tree oil
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • Toothbrush or dish sponge with scour pad

Combine water and tea tree oil in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Spray moldy areas and let sit for 12-24 hours.

Pour baking soda into a small bowl and spray with water and tea tree oil solution until a thick paste forms. Rub paste onto the moldy surfaces and scrub with a toothbrush or dish sponge until clean. Rinse with warm water.

All-Purpose Disinfectant

For the regular surfaces in your home, a good disinfecting all-purpose cleaner will get the job done. Instead of buying a pricey natural bottle or using harsh chemicals, make your own with this easy recipe.

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon or lavender essential oil
  • 3 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray all surfaces and let stand for 15 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Do you have a favorite homemade cleaning solution? Tell us about it in the comments below!