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Spring cleaning can be a time to refresh your home and get rid of clutter. However, the cost of spring cleaning can really add up when you buy brand-name cleaning products. Plus, many of these products contain harsh chemicals that can be a hazard to children or pets. Making DIY cleaning products saves money and allows you to use gentler ingredients. Best of all, you probably already have some of these natural cleansers on hand.

Lemon Juice and Salt

Use lemon juice and salt to remove stains from sheets, sofa covers, cushions and towels. Pour lemon juice on the stain, then use a clean, damp rag to rub salt into the affected area. Rinse with water.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is a good stain remover and odor neutralizer for pet stains on carpets. Apply vinegar to the stain and gently scrub with a damp cloth. Airing out the room for a few minutes will quickly dissipate the vinegar smell.

You can use white vinegar to clean out a dishwasher, too. Just fill a small cup with vinegar, place it in the top rack of your dishwasher and run the machine. White vinegar is also great for removing buildup on the inside of a tea kettle. Pour vinegar into the kettle, put it on the stove, and allow it to boil for a couple of minutes before rinsing with water.

Baking Soda

Have your mugs been stained by coffee or tea? Soak them for a few hours in a mixture of water and baking soda, then rinse with water. Baking soda mixed with water can also be used as a general-purpose cleanser for kitchen counter tops.

Tea Tree Oil

Real Simple recommends making a mold-and-mildew remover that combines tea tree oil and baking soda. Pour 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil into a spray bottle. Shake the solution and spray it onto the affected areas. Wait 24 hours, then mix the remaining solution with baking soda to make a paste. Scrub the paste into the problem spots with a toothbrush. Once done, rinse with water.

Rubbing Alcohol

Use rubbing alcohol to clean windows, mirrors and phone screens. For window washing, SF Gate suggests taking a piece of newspaper, moistening it with rubbing alcohol and buffing your windows until clean.

If you have any DIY cleaning products left over after your spring cleaning, label the bottles clearly so you'll know what the ingredients are. Then store them in a secure place and enjoy your clean home.

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