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Spring means it’s time to get some spring cleaning in! Many of us have a lot of extra free time on our hands due to being quarantined at home. Why not make good use of that time and get some spring cleaning done?

One problem that many of us are facing is that the cleaning products we use are currently out of stock and unavailable. Luckily, you can make your own cleaning solutions out of natural substances that are just as good as their chemical counterparts. The added benefit of making your own cleaning products is that they are not harmful to your health, unlike commercial products that contain numerous harsh chemicals. Here is a list of household items you can use to create your own cleaning products:

1. Baking soda makes for an excellent air freshener. Sometimes we leave an open box in our refrigerator to soak up the odors of various leftovers. It can also be used to deodorize a room or carpet, and can even help fight stains.

2. Lemon juice is a good disinfectant. The strong citric acid in lemons can kill most bacteria found in a home. Other citrus solvents can be used to clean paint brushes and oil and grease stains.

3. White vinegar can be used to clean some stains and fight mildew. It makes a great alternative to bleach. Wiping down utensils with vinegar after cooking can remove leftover scents of fish or onions. After wiping them down, wash them with soapy water.

4. Borax (sodium borate) can clean a lot of surfaces like wallpaper, painted walls, and floors. It also disinfects and deodorizes, and is safe for the environment and your health as long as it is not ingested.

5. Washing soda (sodium carbonate decahydrate) is a mineral that removes stains and grease, and is perfect for cleaning bathrooms.

6. Cornstarch can be used to clean windows, or make your furniture and carpeting look like new.

Furthermore, combining some of these ingredients can make very powerful cleaning solutions. For example, a half cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of baking soda, and a half gallon of water make an excellent all-purpose cleaner. Air fresheners can be made by combining baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice. There are many other solutions that can be made from the aforementioned ingredients, and they can handle everything from rust remover to shoe polish. You can find a list of different solutions you can create at Earth Easy.

Finally, we hope you have found this list of household ingredients you can use as cleaning products helpful. May your spring cleaning be a breeze!

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