Homemade Cleaning Products

Senior Care in Springfield VA

Helping your senior take care of his home and keep it fresh, clean, and healthy is an important part of your elderly care efforts for him, but many of the cleaning products today are filled with Senior-Care-in-Springfield-VAharsh chemicals, artificial colors, and overpowering fragrances that can make your senior feel sick. You should not have to feel like you need a full-body protection suit in order to clean the home. Cleaning the home, especially when it is the home of a senior who has thinner, more vulnerable skin and more sensitive sinuses, should create a fresh, healthy environment where your senior can relax.

Making your own homemade cleaning products together is a fantastic way for your senior to get more involved in his housecleaning and for you to make sure that his home is as clean as you want it to be without introducing potentially harmful chemicals onto the surfaces that she touches on a regular basis, or into the environment after washing the used cleaner down the drain or tossing it outside.

With just a few ingredients that you likely already have around the house, or that you could access easily at your local grocery store, you can put together cleaners that are highly effective, but also safe.


Glass Cleaner

What You Will Need

  • 1 to 2 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent. Tea tree oil is a popular scent for cleaners because of the strong, clean, medicinal scent
  • 1/4 of a cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 of a cup of white or cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • A spray bottle
  • A paper towel


What to Do

  • Combine the alcohol and vinegar into the bottle
  • Add the water to dilute
  • Add the essential oil to give it the fragrance you desire
  • Close the top and shake vigorously, but making sure to not spill
  • Spray onto the paper towel and then wipe onto the glass, following with a dry section to remove any drips. The vinegar and alcohol both evaporate quickly, leaving the glass clean, shining, and without streaks


Brass Cleaner

What You Will Need

  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Table salt
  • A sponge
  • Water
  • A clean soft cloth


What to Do

  • Dampen the sponge with the vinegar or lemon juice
  • Sprinkle the salt over the top of the sponge
  • Lightly rub the sponge over the surface
  • Rinse the sponge thoroughly with water
  • Immediately dry with a clean soft cloth


When All Else Fails Clothing Stain Remover

What You Will Need

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 1 cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach (not concentrate or ultra)
  • 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent
  • A stainless steel, enamel or plastic bowl (not aluminum)


What to Do

  • Pour the water into the bowl
  • Add the chlorine bleach to the hot water
  • Add the dishwasher detergent last and mix well
  • Soak the stained garment for 20 minutes
  • If the stain is still there after 20 minutes, so again for up to 10 more minutes
  • If the stain is gone, wash the garment as usual


Heavy Duty Scrub

What You Will Need

  • Half of a lemon
  • 1/2 of a cup of borax


What to do

  • Dip the lemon into the borax
  • Scrub the surface with the lemon
  • Rinse the surface clean afterwards


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Springfield, VA, call the caring staff at Medical Professionals On Call today. 703-273-8818