DIY all things Living room cleaning.
And just like my other blog posts on cleaning room by room, I pretty much use the same items for Livingroom cleaning as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the whole house.
Some of the things you need for DIY Livingroom are:
- White vinegar (& ACV)
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- Food Grade diatomaceous earth (DE)
- Essential oils (Eucalyptus, Lemon & Tea tree etc) (A new source for buying quality essential oils for health, beauty and DIY cleaning)
- Lemon juice (or Lime)
- Natural Liquid soap
Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.
All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.
A DIY Living room : How to Green & Healthy, but is DIY as effective, kill germs & bacteria & to get rid of pet, carpet & furniture odors like commercial Livingroom cleaning products do?
Think about all the toxic cleaners in most households for cleaning just the living room, rug & furniture spot cleaner & shampoos, furniture polish, scented candles & plug ins, carpet vacuum freshening powders & sprays, window cleaners oh my & the list could go on.
Now think about your family, friends, young children & beloved pets touching the toxic residues left behind & absorbing it through their skin, or breathing in toxic fumes from cleaners, air fresheners or candles.
With the increasing awareness of the threat given by chemical & toxic household & antibacterial cleaners, many are looking for ways by which they can stop using them. So, the use of natural DIY cleaner is fast becoming a must in so many households. These DIY cleaners are natural & do not pollute the inside air or the environment, leading to a safer home that does not have a negative impact on the immune system.
Now Consider Natural cleaning products, simple & yes effective:
Baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda. The beneficial qualities of baking soda are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness as an odor remover—it doesn’t just mask offensive smells, it neutralizes them. Baking soda is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, fragrance-free, and nontoxic, making it a perfect deodorizer for use in areas frequented by children or pets or where food is handled.
Vinegar being an all around cleaner is really an effective ingredient for your floor cleaning specially carpets. Yes, you can make use of a kitchen ingredient as a substitute for expensive commercial carpet cleaning products and save yourself some cash while still getting your carpet spotless and clean. (here)
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Now onto how to make all things DIY Livingroom.
Carpet & upholstery spot cleaner #1
Make a baking soda & vinegar paste, or a baking soda & peroxide paste, or a baking soda peroxide & lemon juice paste. Options add eucalyptus &/or lemon essential oil to paste
Work paste into stain with a sponge, brush or toothbrush, allow to dry & vacuum up, some stains may require several applications, for a really tough stain spray spot first with vinegar or peroxide.
Carpet & upholstery spot cleaner #2
Spray spot with straight warm vinegar, rub just a little zote bar soap on the wet spot (not too much) then sprinkle salt & baking soda on wet soap spot & scrub, let dry & vacuum up.
For more help on stains: many laundry stain removers can be used on carpet & upholstery, info here
Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #1
1 to 2 cups of white vinegar per gallon of hot water, use in shampoo machine, can also be used after shampooing with soap to remove soap residue that causes more stains.
Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #2
1 cup lemon juice & 1 to 2 cups peroxide to 1 gallon of hot water, add to shampoo machine & shampoo.
Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #3
Either of the above solutions & add 1 teaspoon natural liquid soap
All Carpet & upholstery should be tested for color fading before using any of the above ideas.
Dusting spray for wood (shine):
1 Spray bottle
1/2 of spay bottle with vinegar (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp of olive oil is small spray bottle, 4 tsp if large spray bottle (option: use vegetable oil instead)
5 drops lemon essential oil
Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water
Combine mix spray & wipe.
Vinegar & Olive oil equal amounts, use a wash cloth & buff wood (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #1
1 box of baking soda, 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup salt, essential oils of choice
Add to bowl with seal tight lid & use fork or fingers to blend & remove clumps, sprinkle on then work in with broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up, make sure you can vacuum salt with your vacuum first.
Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #2
1 Box of baking soda & essential oils of choice, Add to bowl with seal tight lid & use fork or fingers to blend & remove clumps, sprinkle on then work in with broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up.
Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #3
Add Eucalyptus leaves in the blender to make powder approximately 1 cup (or other dried herbs you might like) & 1 box of baking soda, Add to bowl with seal tight lid & use fork or fingers to blend & remove clumps, sprinkle on then work in with broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up.
Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #4
Add 2 caps of peroxide to any of the above mixtures.
Mold Remover for Leather & Leather Furniture (spot check first)
1 cup rubbing alcohol
20 or so drops tea tree oil
1/2 cup water
1 large spray bottle
Spray area & allow to sit 5 to 20 minutes depending on how thick the mold is, then wipe off with a clean dry towel
Some people also add 1 tbsp of borax to the water (warming the water first) & dissolving before adding the alcohol & tea tree oil as well
Glass cleaner #1
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
Rest of the way with water
Option: add blue coloring
Glass cleaner #2
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp corn starch
fill bottle the rest of the way with warm water & shake.
Glass cleaner #3
Straight white vinegar in spray bottle
Glass cleaner #4
(the soap is for removing wax build up after using commercial glass cleaner so DIY wont be cloudy, you can add it to any of the above cleaners too)
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 /2 cup lemon or lime juice
Optional: about 10 drops natural liquid soap (or Dawn)
Use black & white newspaper with glass cleaners for a great streak free shine
Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #1
sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on carpets furniture, pet bedding, baseboard, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible ( this can be left behind furniture etc, hours, days weeks months) vacuum up any in areas where you walk or sit after fleas are gone. Safe for kids & animals. so safe we feed it to our animals & we take it daily.
Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #2
Sprinkle Borax on carpets furniture, baseboards, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible & Vacuum up
Pet accidents #1
Straight warmed vinegar, cover with folded towel & let sit
Or use a mixture of white vinegar, peroxide & eucalyptus oil, cover with folded towel & let sit
Or make a paste of baking soda, peroxide with eucalyptus essential oil, cover with folded towel & let sit then vacuum up once dry.
Pet accidents #2
Borax can remove the smell of urine from furniture and mattresses. Just wet the areas of the mattress or furniture that are affected and shake on some Borax. Wait for the whole thing to dry completely and then vacuum it away.
To repel spiders
Spray bottle with 10 drops of liquid soap & 10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil, spray spiders & spray areas where the hang out.
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