One way cash leaks out of the home is through the cleaning agents we buy. While there is nothing wrong in buying cleaning agents, too many release unhealthy chemicals into the air we breathe, which can be dangerous to your family. Making yours will not only save you money, it can help you stay healthy. Here are some homemade cleaners put together by Good Housekeeping.
Great for: Kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 quart warm water
How to use: Pour solution on a clean sponge and wipe.
Great for: Natural stone countertops
• A drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid (non-citrus-scented)
• 2 cups warm water
How to use: Mix the detergent and water. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.
SAFETY TIP:Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first.
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