Homemade hardwood floor cleaner
To give hardwood floors a new spring shine, use boiled tea to mop hardwood floors. It imparts a natural, light, fresh scent, plus leaves a brilliant shine. To use: Drop three black tea bags into a bowl or bucket, add boiling water, then dunk a mop head or towel into the liquid, wring out and mop as usual.
Making toothpaste at home with baking soda seems like a no brainer, until you actually do it and the result is gag-worthy at best. To navigate this battle of ease versus taste, the DIY-savvy gals at Old School road-tested the top toothpaste recipes out there, and discovered a perfect potion that’s head and shoulders above the rest.
Homemade laundry detergent
Make a powdered laundry detergent using bar soap, Borax and washing soda. Best part? This DIY detergent costs approximately 30 cents a load and will work in both regular and high efficiency washing machines.
Homemade toilet bowl cleaner
To scrub toilets, pour 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup white vinegar and a drop or two of natural phosphate-free dish soap into the toilet and scrub away. Allow the mixture to stay in the toilet until your next flush.
DIY solution for car smells
For car odor, place unused charcoal on a rag in the back of the car. The charcoal soaks up the smell, leaving your car stink-less.
DIY cleaner for gas stove tops
To clean gas stove tops, slip them into a gallon-sized baggie. Pour two or three tablespoons of ammonia into the bag and let it sit for five hours. Take them out, rinse well and they are good as new!
Homemade air fresheners
Avoid commercial room sprays, instead, make a super simple all natural air freshener spray using essential oils, water and spray bottle.
Homemade bleach alternatives
For those who are allergic to bleach, pour 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup Borax in with the wash cycle.
Homemade drain cleaner
To make a natural drain cleaner, pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and top with 1 cup white vinegar. Let sit for an hour and then run hot water down the drain.
Homemade marble cleaner
Despite its rock-like feel, marble is a porous material that’s more absorptive than it appears, making it prone to sucking in liquid that creates discoloration. Scrub at it all you want — the stains under the surface won’t lift. But covering the problem area with an inert white powder (flour, starch, etc.) will act like a poultice and actively pull the stain out as it dries.
Home remedy for ink and marker stains
Milk or cucumber can be used to remove pen marks from furniture. It’s also great for removing markers from walls.
DIY cleaner for sinks and bathroom mildew
To scrub sinks and remove soapy mildew in bathrooms, spray vinegar on the surface, then sprinkle with a little baking soda, a squirt of natural phosphate-free dish soap and scrub with a non-scratch scrub sponge. Rinse afterwards.
Homemade cleaner for stainless steel
Instead of buying expensive stainless steel cleaner, use baby oil. It works just the same, for a fraction of the cost!
DIY baseboard cleaner
Re-use dryer sheets to clean baseboards. A dryer sheet on dust works well since it banishes static. It also keeps your baseboards looking good throughout the week because it actually coats as it cleans for residual dust-fighting power.
DIY cleaner for pots and pans
To clean pots and pans, sprinkle with baking soda and a drop of phosphate-free, natural dish soap and scrub with a non-scratch scrub sponge.