Cheap, safe homemade cleansersLiving a more eco-friendly lifestyle is a hot button topic for many folks around the country.  Here in the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains surrounding Hendersonville homes, we really appreciate the “green” philosophy.  You don’t have to completely overhaul your life to become more environmentally aware.  You can save money and the environment by making your own homemade cleaning products with everyday household items.  It’s easier than you think.

All-Purpose Cleaner – Every household could use a simple cleaning solution that takes care of multiple surfaces.  Simply mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup baking soda in 1/2 gallon of water (2 liters) will create a cleaner that will take care of your countertops, chrome faucets, built up water deposits and windows.

Carpet Stain Remover – After you have dabbed up as much of a spill as possible, mix together equal parts white vinegar and water in a bottle.  Spray this mixture liberally on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then use warm, soapy water to remove the mixture.  For tougher greasy stains, sprinkle some corn starch on the area and let it sit for approximately 30 minutes.  Then, vacuum it up. 

Lime Deposits – Using household tap water can create a lime buildup on just about any surface over time.  You can clean your teakettle by boiling a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water inside.  Rinse the teakettle completely with fresh water before it cools off.  Fresh lemon juice will help remove lime deposits from your bathroom fixtures.  Just let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off with a warm cloth.

Scouring Powder – For surfaces that can be easily scratched up using a traditional scouring powder (such as refrigerators and stove tops), use baking soda and a warm, damp cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Simply mix up 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, pour the mixture into the bowl and leave it.  After a few minutes, scrub it with your toilet brush and flush.

Wall Marks – At one time or another, especially if you have kids, your walls will be marked up with something (crayons, pencils, pens, etc).  If rubbing it with warm soapy water doesn’t remove the mark, try using baking soda to gently rub the mark away.

As you can see, using only baking soda, white vinegar or a combination of both can make your house spic and span in no time at all.  There are no harsh chemicals so they are safe to use around kids and animals and you didn’t break the bank buying expensive household cleaners.  It’s a win-win situation all around.  Making homemade cleaning products for your Hendersonville home is simple, cheap and great for the environment.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: