Residential Cleaning in Sarasota Florida with DIY Cleaning Products
As residential cleaners in Sarasota Florida, we get a lot of questions. One question is how to keep the cost down when it comes to all the different cleaning supplies. Well, as part of a professional cleaning service, cleaning products tend to be a bit cheaper by buying through vendors and buying bulk. However, for those who want to be able to clean more economically on their own and in between cleaning dates with a maid service, there are some ways to save money. These methods of making your own cleaner also provide a green solution. That means the cleaners are safe for the environment, your pets, and—most importantly—your family.
Some key ingredients you will need to make your own eco-friendly, cost effective cleaning solutions include a number of things you probably already have around the house and few you might not. These would include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, water, olive or vegetable oil, fresh herbs or citrus/citrus peels, castile soap, white vinegar, borax and a sampling of basic oils such as lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, tree oil, or lemongrass oil.
For some great bathroom cleaners, you will need baking soda, borax, castile soap, distilled white vinegar, essential oils, kosher salt, and water. The baking soda is good for cleaning, deodorizing, and scours. Borax also cleans, deodorizing, and disinfects. Castile soap is used for cleaning. Essential oils will freshen and disinfect. Kosher salt is used to scour and disinfect. Distilled white vinegar ends up handling multiple tasks including cutting grease and soap scum, dissolving mineral deposits, freshen, and inhibit mold. The vinegar is also known for killing a large percentage of bacteria and viruses.
Of course, you will also need some containers such as jars or spray bottles and measure cups and spoons.
Make a quick scouring powder with 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of kosher salt. Mix that together in a container. Sprinkle this mixture on the area to be scrubbed. Then while with a sponger or towel and rinse.
You can clean your floors with a floor sanitizer that uses one half cup of borax and two gallons of hot water. Simply use a sponge or mop to clean the floor with this solution.
In the bathroom there is a need to clean the tub and tile. This recipe is a little more complex. One half vegetable oil based liquid soap to one and one thirds cup baking soda along with half a cup of water and two tablespoons of vinegar. Mix this up in a container or a spray bottle. Apply it directly using a cloth or sponge and then rinse.
No one loves to clean the toilet, but it has to be done. The mixture is approximately one fourth cup of borax or baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes. Then, use the toilet scrubber and then flush the toilet.
If you have a problem with mold or mildew around the tub or shower simply mix together half a cup of vinegar and a half a cup of borax and stir it into a paste. Scrub the area with a brush and then rinse. For stubborn mold or mildew stains, let the paste sit for an hour before rinsing it away with water.
Have a garbage disposal that is starting to smell a little funky? Drop in some lemon or orange rinds or the pulp from either. Run the water and turn on the disposal. This is a great idea to start doing about once a month if you do not already do so.
A lot of us are regularly faced with a mess on the sink and stove-top. The problem is, the longer we let those messes sit, the more they will stain, harder they will be to remove, and more likely that they will cause problems with and even damage the finish of the sink or stove-top. To hurry up and get those stains and grime removed as quickly as possible, use about one third cup of baking soda and mix in enough warm water to make a paste. The exact measurement on the water will differ depending on the hardness level of the water in your area. Use that paste on a sponge or brush.
Ever face that microwave that has had something explode in it and sat too long without being cleaned? Oh, it can be a nightmare. Get a microwave safe bowl and put in two cups of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Run the microwave until about half of the water has been evaporated. Do not open the door right away. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. This allows the steam to take effect and start removing the grime. The water is still going to be hot—really hot—so remove the bowl with cooking mitts. Then, sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge and scrub the interior surfaces of the microwave. Wipe it all down with a cloth and clean water.
These are just a handful of creative, money saving, and environmentally solutions you can use to clean your home. Of course, when the time arises, hiring a professional cleaning crew to come in and help out with move in, move out or other cleaning needs is just a call or click away. When you are in need of residential cleaning in Sarasota Florida, be sure to give us a call.