Home cleaning solutions from the store can slowly bite away at your wallet. There are a couple of home cleaning solutions you can make yourself, probably with ingredients you already have, and all you have to purchase is a spray bottle that cost less than a dollar (unless you already have one).
Mix: 1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup of water.
With this mix you can clean bathrooms, counter-tops, floors and other exterior surfaces. If you’re going to use this mixtures for tougher exterior surfaces, like shower walls, you can heat the homemade cleaning solution until it’s a little hot. This will help the solution be more effective in breaking down the residue.
Mix: make a paste of baking soda + water
This mix can be used for tougher grime and mildew. Apply this paste to an exterior surface and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the soap scum and mildew, making it easier for you to wipe away.
Another thing you can use baking soda for is slow-running drains. Pour about 1/2 to ¾ of a cup of baking soda into the drain, along with just the right amount of water to wash the solution. After 2 or more hours, flush the drain with hot water. Not only will this clean the drain, but it will also deodorize it! Baking soda is always a miracle worker of sorts, and this is just touching the surface of what baking soda can do.
Carpet flooring is by far a favorite for homeowners because there are quite a few advantages it has over tile or wooden flooring. No matter what look you are going for, carpet flooring can make a home look just right. There’s extra comfort in carpets, especially when you’re walking around barefoot, and it provides more warmth than other types of flooring.
The negative about having carpet flooring is the stains. Accidents happen all the time, and tiny spills here and there can build up and become unappealing to the eye, as well as it can become a hazard to the atmosphere of your home. Once a spill happens, you must act upon it immediately, blotting out the stain the best you can with cleaners. A weekly vacuuming of the carpet is also a plus. For areas that aren’t used as frequently, vacuum once a week. For areas that are used often, try to vacuum them twice a week. There are also tips and tricks you can learn to lift particular types of stains.
Wine stains need to be cleaned with cold water and salt before being vacuumed. Acid stains need to be cleaned with baking soda, cold water and club soda. Both need to be blotted and not rubbed in.
If your carpets meet a flood or water damage, make sure you have your carpets serviced by a certified and trusted carpet cleaning company. If you attempt to clean up the flood damage, you will more than likely miss spots that can create mold and mildew. In addition, you should have major pet stains or burned parts cleaned up by professionals as well.
If you have plush carpeting, make sure to vacuum the carpet at least twice. Once through will not be enough for a plush type of carpet. For areas with heavy traffic, make sure to go over the carpet in a criss-cross pattern and go over them several times. Make sure to clean your carpets well, and they’ll have a long life.