One of the questions we often get here at Master Clean USA is “what cleaning chemicals do you use?” Many ask to ensure that we are using safe, environmentally friendly supplies. Others want to be sure we are using the best product for the job. Others don’t know what is best and need some guidance.
At Master Clean USA we work carefully to ensure that we are using the safest, most effective and most advanced cleaners for every area of our customers’ homes. Some of our favorite and most versatile products are multi-use cleaners such as our peroxide cleaner which will clean everything from your kitchen, to your bathrooms and many things in between. We also use industry recommended products such as Bona for wood floors or Rejuvenata for natural stone. But truth be told, there are many do-it-yourself cleaners that you can use at home and that will be just as effective and save you some of that hard-earned money.
For your floors:
A little dish soap and a couple splashes of vinegar in your mop water is an excellent way to clean and sanitize your tile or vinyl floors. If you have essential oils on hand to give it a nice, clean smell, use a few drops. Also, adding rubbing alcohol to the water will help speed evaporation and help to avoid streaks. The light degreaser in the dish soap helps break up any greasy dirt and the vinegar also helps cut through grease and grime and adds a mild disinfectant. If you have wood floors, note that vinegar at this dilution should be fine, but you may want to use sparingly or test an area to avoid damage to the finish.
For your kitchen and bathrooms:
Our most favorite DIY cleaner of all is this inexpensive gem! Hydrogen Peroxide. One of those famous brown bottles (16 oz) is about a buck and cleans like magic just about anything you can think of! Spray down your cutting boards and counter tops and watch the bubbles do their work. It is great for grout, soap scum, mildew and hard water on easily damaged surfaces such as your chrome faucets or specialty stone. Soak your sponges to sanitize! Remove stains from clothing without bleaching! Add to your load of laundry to brighten! Hydrogen peroxide is so versatile and so safe that if you don’t have anything else, you can use to clean just about anything. Note: It is recommended you use gloves when using to clean to avoid the well-known if it comes in contact with your skin.
For your laundry:
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 and I found that 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.
For your glass and mirrors:
Equal parts water and vinegar usually does the trick for DIY window and mirror cleaning… but if you want to know the truth, my favorite method is to suds up a clean sponge or rage with dish detergent – pretty sudsy and wet- and wash the mirror or window and then dry with a paper towel. Never seems to leave streaks and makes easy work of our living room sliders the dogs love so much.
For your wood furniture:
If truth be told, I usually us a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution in a bucket to rinse and squeeze out my microfiber rags and clean ALL my home surfaces with that- so easy to do and mild on all surfaces. I have heard though, that mixing about ¼ cup of vinegar with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil works great as a home-made option. Just keep in mind that oils can go rancid over time so don’t make too much at once
Making your own DIY cleaners not only can be fun and satisfying (who doesn’t feel good when they “make their own”), it certainly will save money. There are some deep cleaning messes (like burnt on greasy oven) that will need a little tougher solution. We will address some of those in our next DIY blog!
Happy DIY cleaning!