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Have you ever heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”
Let’s take that saying a step further and talk about how we can use lemons to not only make lemonade but simply keep a clean home with it!
The internet is so jam-packed and full of information about anything. But what is true or not? It’s overwhelming and scary to determine if you can believe what you are reading. This article is one of my favorites because I had a blast experimenting with some natural DIY cleaning recipes. Some work great, and some don’t do anything. And a few just made a huge mess. (Sign up below for my free DIY product recipes printable)!
So let’s get back to the question, “cleaning my home with a lemon?”
Yes, it turns out to be one of my favorite cleaning products. We will get to my top three favorites in a minute. But first, I want to talk about how some DIY products don’t always work and why lemons are my go-to.
Before we get into what works and what doesn’t, let’s go back in time to a basic high school chemistry class. My chemistry professor will be proud of me for applying what I learned! Because I am sure, he really questioned some days about if I was really paying attention.
Do you remember mixing something like citric acid and baking soda together with some water? It bubbles and fizzes all over the place. So, what did you create there besides a huge mess? Saltwater, my friend. That is it!
Most of the DIY cleaning products mix those two together, yes, it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when they bubble up and freak out, but in reality, it doesn’t clean what you are trying to get clean. What do you do then? Yes, baking soda works great for use as an abrasive; go ahead and use it as that; just mix it with some water, scrub, and wipe. Wait, but vinegar is a great cleaning agent also, right? Yes, so wipe down your surfaces with vinegar after using the baking soda. Just use them separately.
What if you don’t want to use so many products or feel like you are cleaning things twice when you wipe them down with baking soda and then wipe them down again with vinegar? That is just a waste of time. Stick with the acids. I love using vinegar, lemon, hydrogen peroxide, and citric acid. But not at the same time. I will explain later why we don’t want to mix certain things. Baking soda I use once in a while, like sprinkling it on carpet or mattresses before vacuuming, is a great odor eliminator. But my go-to is the acidic products. The acids are effective!
Don’t like the smell of vinegar? Mix some lemon with it. They are both acids, so yay! You can mix them. What to know about another product I use? Course sea salt. Yes, you heard me. It works great as an abrasive. For example, to remove those hard water stains from your sink: cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt, and scrub away. I know what you are thinking, “am I mixing an acid and base if you use lemon and sea salt together”? The answer is no; it is neither an acid nor a base.
Unfortunately, vinegar isn’t that good of a disinfectant. It does disinfect, don’t get me wrong, but hydrogen peroxide is better; you don’t want to mix them; they can give off some fumes that aren’t good to breathe in.
I know you have heard it before; keep it simple! Don’t make it too complicated. Keep your acids away from your bases; you are good to go!
Don’t get me wrong, natural DIY cleaners are the way to go, but there are a few things you never want to combine. Some reactions can cause opposite effects or are damaging to surfaces and you!
Let’s talk about the three main ingredients you DO want to use for cleaning but DO NOT want to combine. Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda.
Lots of DIY cleaning recipes say “all-purpose” cleaner. This is not true in some cases. For example, you really want to avoid acidic products on hardwood and stones like granite. Vinegar is not an excellent product to clean your hardwood floors with. If you wish to use a DIY cleaner on your hardwood floors, use rubbing alcohol, water, and drops of dish soap.
So why do I use basic natural products to clean instead of buying typical cleaning products?
I hope you enjoyed this article and got something out of it! What DIY cleaning recipes do you use? I’m always looking for new things to try in my home! I would love to hear from you! Want to stay connected? Sign up for my free newsletter and receive printable– DIY cleaning product recipes!
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