This is a great question when it comes to DIY cleaning products. Over the past 5 years, there has been a dramatic push for more natural cleaning products without all of the harmful chemicals. Many of the DIY cleaning solutions that you can make at home save time and money when made with essential oils, water, and other natural ingredients.
There are many factors that come into play when trying to figure out how long your cleaning products will last. Here are some of the factors to consider.
1. What size container?
2. How much do you use in each cleaning?
3. How often do you clean your home?
There are times that we can easily go through a 32oz bottle of cleaner in a week at home, but then there are other times that we only spot clean and a 32oz bottle can last a long time. Another factor is what types of materials are you using in your cleaning solution.
Lemon Juice is great for degreasing, clear away soap scum and limescale in your bathroom, but lemon juice has a limited shelf life and will go bad over time. Lemon juice is more a one-time use product, so you will want to mix a smaller quantity.
One of my favorite cleaning solutions is white vinegar. White vinegar is great for cleaning these areas of your home.
Another cleaning solution that works great but will go bad is hydrogen peroxide. This is super effective in cleaning tub, tile, and grout in your bathroom and kitchen. Here is a quick easy solution to mix.
• 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
• 1/2 cup of baking soda
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Mix together to create a paste that is not to dry. You want the paste to be more malleable so you can apply with a toothbrush easily. Once you apply to the mixture to your grout, agitate gently and then let sit until it dries. Then rinse thoroughly until the solution is gone.
This type of cleaner works great, but it is best to dispose of the remainder of the solution when done cleaning as hydrogen peroxide will lose its effectiveness over time when exposed to open air.