3 Do-It-Yourself Home Cleaning Products

Make your own simple solutions for better indoor air

3 Do-It-Yourself Home Cleaning Products

If you keep your home shiny and clean, you may assume your indoor air is fresh, too. But many commercial cleaning products add irritants to the air — particularly troubling if you or your children have allergies, asthma or other respiratory concerns, says pulmonology expert Sumita Khatri, MD.

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Using cleaning products that don’t have harsh smells — particularly from ammonia or bleach — is a good start. You can also make your own using a few simple steps and inexpensive ingredients.

1. All-purpose cleaner

Using cleaning products that don’t have harsh smells is a good start. You can also make your own using a few simple steps and inexpensive ingredients.

You’ll need:

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  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon biodegradeable dish soap
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • A few drops of an essential oil of your choice (tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant, or lemon or orange oils are good choices)

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean countertops, floors and walls. A word of caution: Do not use vinegar solutions on marble surfaces.

2. Glass cleaner

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • A few drops of an essential oil of your choice

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to clean glass surfaces, including mirrors.

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3. Furniture polish

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and use the solution to polish wood surfaces.

Bonus tips

  • Baking soda and white vinegar can clean toilets and showers.
  • If you want some abrasion to remove a stain, try sprinkling some salt on the stain.
  • After you’ve squeezed a lemon for a recipe, rub the inside of the rind in your kitchen sink. The lemon will clean the sink and keep it smelling fresh.

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