5. The Dishwasher Washer
Honestly, the first time I heard of this recipe might be the first time I really thought about cleaning my dishwasher. It’s always cleaning dishes, right, so the inside must be all set?
To get rid of rust and gunk building up inside your dishwasher, just get some powdered lemon or orange drink with citric acid and put 1/4 cup into the detergent cup.
Run a regular cycle with the dishwasher empty, and just go over the inside with a rag after to get any solid material out.
6. The Brass Revitalizer
Getting that scummy feeling on your cabinet handles, doorknobs, and bathroom hardware?
• White vinegar or lemon juice
• Table salt
Our friends white vinegar and lemon juice both pair well with sodium chloride to take care of buildup on brass. Wet your rag or sponge with the former, then sprinkle some salt on before rubbing the surface you want to clean.
Give surfaces scrubbed with this DIY green cleaner a good rinse with warm water, and follow up right away with a soft cloth to clean and dry.
7. The Marble Marvel
So you’ve upgraded to some natural stone countertops, and you’re nervous about what these other combos will do. Good call! Here’s what we recommend:
• 2 drops of mild dishwashing liquid (nothing with citrus scent)
• 2 cups warm water
Give that a mix, plunge your sponge, and throw on the elbow grease. Give the surface a rinse so there’s no leftover soap suds, then you’ll need a soft cloth to completely dry the surface. It’s a little more work, but it’s worth it for how good that marble or granite looks, isn’t it?
Avoid our friends vinegar and lemon, as well as anything acidic, as they’ll eat at the stone.
What’re You Waiting For?
I’d understand sticking to the store-bought cleaners if they really did a better job, but you don’t have the incentive to water stuff down like they do.
These homemade cleaners work, they are better for the planet, and they cost less than even the off-brand stuff. There’s no question. Get to using these for your routine cleanings, and drop us a line for the big stuff.