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DIY Home Cleaning Solutions

by Liza Vernazza 12/29/2019


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Homemade cleaning solutions aren't just effective. They're also free of irritating chemicals, gentle on delicate surfaces, and easy on the environment. Here are a few recipes for making your own cleaning solutions.

Natural Wood Polish

This is a classic mix:

  • In a small cup, mix one part olive oil to one part lemon juice.
  • Now, use a soft cloth to rub your homemade wood polish into your wood pieces.
  • Buff the wood to its rich, natural glow with a clean cloth. 

What a gentle, protective cleaner! Plus, it smells lemony fresh.

Drain Cleaner and Declogger

A baking soda and vinegar mix can clear out clogs at the first sign of slow draining, before the job gets impossibly hairy. Give these steps a whirl:

  • Boil a pot of water. 
  • Flush the drain with it. (Handle boiling water with care!)
  • Then pour a cup of baking soda and vinegar, in roughly equal parts, down the drain. You'll see the drain bubble up a bit.
  • Close your drain.
  • Wait a few minutes, while boiling a new pot of water. Then carefully pour the boiling water down the drain.

Done! If your clog is in the advanced stages, you might want to bring a plunger into the equation. You'll get there, with eco-friendly flair.

Safe Insect Repellent for Indoor Use

Let chemicals be the last resort. Keep the air fresh and fragrant by giving these ideas a go.

  • For ants on the counter: Try cream of tartar. Use a little of this white powder plus a little water to make a thin paste. Sponge it over kitchen surfaces. (It will be invisible when dry.) Wiping with vinegar can also work well.
  • For moths, spiders, silverfish and others in the corners, nooks, and crannies: Cedar chips or cedar sachets in closets and cupboards deter those rascals while making your closets smell wonderful.
  • To redirect them all, wherever they might be: Use cinnamon sticks! Or put a couple of drops of essential cinnamon oil in a spray bottle filled with water. A spritz here and there repels bugs from seams that the little critters regard as revolving doorways. 

Paste For Making Shiny Things Sparkle

Here's how it's done:

  • Sponge unpainted cabinet knobs and faucets, and other hardware, with lemon juice.
  • Leave on for a time, then gently rub salt over the surface.
  • Rinse, then wipe dry.

To polish brass or other metals that have a protective varnish, use a soft, moistened cloth. Avoid using household chemicals.

These are just a few ways to clean your house and keep it looking new without using chemicals. They're also great ways to get ready for your next open house without having to air out the rooms before your guests arrive.

Looking for more ways to prep your home for an open house or get it ready for the market? Feel free to reach out!

About the Author
Author

Liza Vernazza

Since 1988 Liza has assisted her clients and friends to realize their dream of homeownership. Whether it be a small condo or a large home, with her strong people skills and negotiating skills, she has assisted them to buy or sell the property of their choice. 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, First Time Buyers, Move-up buyers and sellers, Probate and Trust sales are just a few of the types of transactions Liza is experienced in. Additionally, she has successfully represented investors, short sale transactions and bank owned or REO properties. If you are looking for a Realtor that is current with the market, give Liza a call and see the difference!

Education:

Liza recieved the Lifetime Million Dollar Club Award in 1990 only after two years in the Real Estate Business. As a graduate of Anthony's School of Real Estate and a member of the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the local SAMCAR Board of Realtors, Liza is always actively pursuing educational opportunities to enhance and further her knowledge of the real estate business.

Professional Philosophy:

"I pledge to earn the loyalty of you, my client, and to be sensitive to your concerns and your needs. I will give you 100% of myself and I will share in your enthusiasm and excitement of finding that special home or marketing your old home. I have a love for my work and continue my education to strive for excellence."

Personal Background:

Liza has lived all her life in the San Carlos and Redwood City area. She is married with two beautiful children and one dog. Currently living in the Emerald Hills area of Redwood City, Liza has been an active volunteer and supporter of Roy Cloud School and and is a current volunteer and a member of the Parent's Association at Notre Dame High School.

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