So, as I've been cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, I've shared a DIY Bathroom Scum Remover, a DIY Window/Mirror Cleaner, and a DIY Granite Cleaner, but we need one final homemade cleaner to finish our cleaning - a DIY All-Purpose Cleaner.
You can use this cleaner to clean the outside of the toilets and your counters (depending on the type) as well as any ole mess around the house.
Because the vinegar and lemon juice are mildly acidic, I wouldn't use it on granite, marble or other natural stone. So, since I'm not sure exactly what my bathroom counters are made from (some sort of solid surface), I use my granite cleaner to clean that.
But, this all-purpose cleaner works great on the outsides of the toilets, ceramic sinks, and for other all-purpose uses.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups of warm water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Microwave the water in my 2-cup measuring cup for 2 minutes to heat it up
- Add the baking soda.
- Stir to blend
- Slowly add the vinegar and lemon juice. Both of these will mildly react with the baking soda, but if you add them slowly you won't end up with a volcano :-).
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Works great. I used acv since that was all i had and the lemon kuice makes it smell great
I have a problem, the baking soda plugs the atomizer nozzle
Make sure you heat up the water before you add the baking soda, so it will dissolve into the water when you stir it. Plus, it will react with the vinegar and lemon juice too.
Just an FYI... The combination of baking soda and vinegar is not good for cleaning. Vinegar is great for cleaning and disinfecting because it is highly acidic with a pH of 2.5 (very acidic). Baking soda, on the other hand, is pretty basic on the pH scale with a pH of about 9, which is the complete opposite of vinegar. Both of these work great as cleaners on their own, but when combined, specifically with the proportions in your recipe, you are left with only a mildly acidic solution that is less effective at disinfecting than without the baking soda. Mixing baking soda and vinegar is really great for clogged drains because of the chemical reaction but other than that, you are better off leaving out the baking soda.
Warm Regards and Happy Cleaning!
- Chemistry Student