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Spring Cleaning: Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes

Now that spring is finally here, many homeowners are beginning their annual spring-clean. For many, this spring frenzy entails purchasing expensive cleaning products, which can sometimes be harmful to your health and the environment. To help you cut costs and make your home sparkle extra eco-clean this season, here is a list of easy recipes for household cleaning products.


Homemade White Vinegar Spray:

Vinegar is a mild acid that is great at dissolving dirt, soap scum and water deposits on smooth surfaces. It is also an excellent solution for cleaning hardwood flooring. This solution can be used in the kitchen to clean countertops and backsplash areas. It is also great in the bathroom for cleaning floors, toilets, and countertops.


Mix in a spray bottle:

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water


Homemade Kitchen Cleaner with Tea-tree Essential Oil:

This is another great recipe for removing dirt and water deposits. The essential oil also gives a fresh scent when cleaning surfaces.  


Mix in spray bottle:

2 tbsp phosphate-free dishwashing liquid

1 tbsp corn flour

1 cup distilled white water

1 cup white vinegar

A few drops of tea-tree essential oil

Shake well before applying to a surface.


The Magic of Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a powerful replacement for harsh commercial cleaners.  It is excellent for removing surface grime, dirt, and soap deposits. If tackling the bathroom is on the to-do list, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge and work the surface areas. For tougher grime areas, such as the tub or sink, mix together baking soda and water and allow it to stand on the applied surface for 10-20 minutes. When finished, flush thoroughly with hot water.


These simple yet very effective recipes are great replacements for harsh chemical cleaners. With the help of these sprays and a little elbow grease, your house is sure to sparkle this spring season! And for those interested in Vancouver real estate, you won’t need to worry about your annual spring-clean. With a multitude of pristine Vancouver homes already on the market, clean will await when you take the keys! 



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