6 DIY Cleaning Solutions For A Squeaky Clean Workplace
Your workplace is where you tend to spend the most of your day. Offices and commercial areas see high foot traffic each day as people come in and out of the office regularly. Workplaces must be maintained clean and germ-free as part of workplace safety protocols, and health standards. Essentially, cleaning an office benefits the people who work there, creating a healthy workplace!
Clean offices show off a professional outlook, especially when you typically have visitors coming in and out of your office. Having a dirty office full of dust and foul odors can be off putting for clients and partners, and you definitely want to put your best foot forward when welcoming them to your workplace.
As part of cleaning your office, you may have noticed that many commercial places use industrial-strength cleaners and cleaning solutions to keep their areas sanitized. However, these cleaning solutions can be chock full of chemical irritants that may cause allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin and sinuses.
Here are 6 DIY cleaning solutions you can use to clean your office just as effectively! These contain no bleach or other chemicals, and do as good a job in cleaning as any commercial solution. Essential oils provide a pleasant scent as well, so no more sneezing around the office from those harsh commercial cleaners!
1. Baking Soda + Essential Oils = Dry Clean Powder
- 2 cups of Baking Soda
- 10-20 drops of Essential Oil (any scent)
Mix together baking soda and essential oil in a bowl, and mix until the ingredients are completely combined. There should be no clumps of baking soda in your mixture. If the mixture starts to clump, add more baking soda a tablespoon at a time until you get back to a powdery consistency.
Use this mixture as a dry clean powder to refresh carpets, deodorize couches, clean curtains, and more! This is the best way to get rid of odors from office chairs as well as any fabric item in the workplace. Simply scrub the powder into furniture or fabrics, let it sit for an hour, then vacuum up the excess.
2. Vinegar + Lemons + Water = All-purpose Spray
- 1 cup of Distilled White Vinegar
- 1 cup of Clean Water
- ½ Lemon, juiced
Mix together equal parts vinegar and water, and add in the juice of half a lemon. Cut the rind from the lemon and submerge it into the solution. Place the solution into a spray bottle, and shake around to incorporate the ingredients together. You may opt to add essential oils of your choice as needed.
This highly acidic solution will break down dirt and grime from any surface! Use the spray to deodorize furniture, clean fingerprints off of screens and glass surfaces, clean door handles, and even descale the coffee maker. Take precautions, however, not to use this solution on natural stone surfaces as these may etch with acidic cleaners.
3. Hand Sanitizer = Desk Disinfectant
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wiping Cloth or Tissue
Your pocket hand sanitizer is the perfect solution to use in disinfecting your personal desk. Place an ample amount of hand sanitizer on your desk, and use a soft cloth or tissue to wipe the solution all over your desk area.
The hand sanitizer should kill off any germs lingering out, and clean out the dust from the surface of your desk as well. In times when personal hygiene and sanitation is of utmost importance, carrying around a portable disinfectant helps you avoid catching illnesses and germs from unclean surfaces.
4. Dish Soap + Baking Soda + Water = Kitchen Cleaner
- 2-3 tablespoons of Dawn Dish Soap
- 1 cup of Clean Water
- 1-2 tablespoons Baking Soda
Mix together dish soap, water, and baking soda until the baking soda has fully dissolved and the mixture is completely combined. Place the mixture in a spray bottle for convenient cleaning, dip a sponge into the solution prior to cleaning.
The dish soap breaks down those oils and grease from food spills in the communal pantry, while baking soda prevents the growth of mold that feasts on food particles. The same mixture can be used to clean pots and pans, clean out the fridge, and remove the oils from the kitchen backsplash. The mix is safe to use on all types of surfaces too!
5. Alcohol + Dish Soap + Essential Oils = Disinfecting Wipes
- 1 cup of 70% Rubbing Alcohol
- 2-3 drops of Dawn Dish Soap
- 10 drops of Essential Oils (any scent)
- ½ cup of Clean Water
Mix the ingredients together, using the dish soap as a catalyst binder. Place the mixture in a tall, narrow jar for storage. Remove the middle core of a roll of paper towels, and submerge the entire roll into the mixture. Let the mixture soak, and you now have disinfecting wipes for convenient cleaning!
The alcohol should be at least 70% concentration for its full disinfecting power, especially as it is diluted with water. The dish soap is mainly a catalyst for the mixture to combine, and the essential oils provide a pleasant scent to your cleansing wipes. Omit the essential oil for an unscented version. You may use the wipe to clean any surface for a quick disinfecting!
6. Hydrogen Peroxide + Water = Stain Remover
- ½ cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- ½ cup of Clean Water
Mix together equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide. Place the mixture directly onto stained areas: office chairs, carpets, sofas, and more. If the stain is fresh, use a towel to blot out the stain, and reapply the mixture as needed. If the stain has already dried, let the mixture sit for a few minutes before blotting out the stain with a towel.
Increase the concentration of hydrogen peroxide if the stain is particularly noticeable. Blot only in swift motions, and avoid scrubbing the stain as it may spread when wiped. Hydrogen peroxide may have bleaching properties, so it is best to use this solution on light colored and white fabrics instead.