These are 5 easy homemade solutions that require only a couple of minutes for mixing and maybe a little more for application. From spot cleaning of carpets and rugs at home, to deep cleaning of stains from tomato sauce and kitchen grease during the big domestic cleaning in the weekend – there is a perfect homemade detergent for every stain. There is no need to buy the cheap commercial detergents, which on the other hand are very powerful and they shouldn’t be applied to some delicate fabrics or leather surfaces.
By using a homemade detergent that’s made out of ingredients that you can find in the kitchen, you eliminate the risk of breathing volatile chemical compounds as well. What better way for cleaning at home in the wintertime, without the need for opening the windows for about an hour or so! Let’s begin with a detergent exactly for rug and carpet cleaning at home:
A solution of hot water, baking soda, dish-washing detergent and shampoo. This mixture forms a great amount of foam, which is perfect for application directly onto large dirty areas and spots.
This solution also penetrates deeply into the base of the fibers of the carpets to dissolve even the hardest stains, which is perfect for deep and thorough domestic cleaning. Moreover, according to how much dish-washing detergent and baking soda you are mixing, you can make a truly powerful solution that can compare to the commercial ones.
A solution of hot water, shampoo and rubbing alcohol. For removal of stains from upholstered surfaces, you can apply this mix right onto the stain and let it soak for a dozen minutes. The alcohol should dissolve the stain without penetrating that much into the upholstered surface.
In the meantime, treat the spot by dabbing only for a minute or so. It will help to dissolve the stain even more. Wipe off the excess of the dissolved dirt via clean cloth or paper towel, then, rinse with clean water.It will eliminate all the dirty traces and discolorations, while leaving the pleasant scent from the shampoo in the meantime.
Another great advantage of this solution is that you can use it for cleaning leathery upholstered objects by making a lighter solution with a reduced amount of rubbing alcohol.
A detergent of hot water, lemon juice and powder laundry detergent. It is good for cleaning most kitchen appliances such as the interior compartments of the fridge and the freezer, the oven, the microwave, etc.
Just make sure to stir well the ingredients in a large bowl until the powder laundry detergent dissolves completely. Then, get a clean cloth damped in the solution and rub all the surfaces for a few seconds, rinse with just water and wipe off via paper towel.
Just cold water and white vinegar. Mix them in approximately 1 to 1 in a large bowl and stir. The mixture is perfect for windows cleaning, mirror cleaning, glass cleaning, etc.
Apply the solution with a cloth and use a squeegee to wipe off the excess. The cold water reduces the evaporation so you have another few additional minutes for cleaning windows in a warm sunny summer day, for example.
- A detergent of dish-washing detergent and a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol and shampoo. This powerful solution forms a paste that is perfect for cleaning stained tiles and grout lines. From the tiles in the kitchen and the counter-top, to the tiles and grout in the bathroom – use this solution for all the tiled surfaces and apply it via stiff brush for a greater cleansing effect.