We all need to clean our home, whether we are homeowners or rent a house. But as it is something that has to happen, and it does impact our lives, it is a great idea if we can find some cleaning products that aren’t full of toxins and chemicals for our household. Making some homemade and all-natural cleaning projects can seem like a pretty logical step. Have you ever given it a try before?
If you’re intrigued, but not too sure where to start, then having a few natural cleaning hacks, recipes, and tips, can be a good place to get you going. One of the first things to make sure that you have in the house are white vinegar and baking soda. They are such staples and they can clean just about anything. It is in a lot of homemade recipes for cleaning, so stock up on those staples, for sure.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
One staple recipe to start with, is a recipe for an all-purpose cleaner, which is a great option for kitchens and bathrooms as it is a good option for hard surfaces in the home. You will need the following:
- Half a cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Ten drops of essential oil of your choice (the best ones are tea tree, lemon, or lavender as they have some disinfectant properties)
What you then need to do is to mix up the vinegar with the essential oils, as well as a little water. Make sure that they are mixed up nicely, before you add in the baking soda. Then you can just simply put it all into a clean spray bottle, top it up with a little more water, and then you’re good to go. Spray it on what you need to clean, and then wipe off. It will clean things, but also leave the home with an amazing smell, as well.
If you are looking for a different option to clean your kitchen with, then using a soft-scrub cleaner can be a good idea. What you need for that is one and a half cups of baking soda, along with half a cup of liquid laundry soap, and some drops of essential oils. Mix it up until it is a paste, and then you can scrub your kitchen with it. It will last in an air-tight container as well.
Homemade Drain Cleaner
If you want to clean your drains, stop some smells, or clear any blockages, then it is a great idea to make your own drain cleaner. And the chances are that you will already have the things that you need to make it. All you will need is half a cup of baking soda, and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Sprinkle the baking soda down the drain, and then follow that with the white vinegar. It will bubble away, so let it sit for an hour or so. After that time is up, then you can pour some boiling water down the drain to help it to rinse it. Depending on how smelly or blocked the drain is, then you might need to keep doing it and repeat the process another time. If you do it regularly, then it won’t take as much time to do next time.
Homemade Mirror and Glass Cleaner
Another great staple to have at home is to have a glass and mirror cleaner. Again, you don’t need anything fancy, and you may have those things in the house already. You will need:
- Quarter cup of white vinegar
- Quarter cup of rubbing alcohol
- One tablespoon of cornstarch
- Two cups of water
- Ten drops of essential oils of your choice
Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle, and then shake it all to mix it all. From there, you just need to spray it onto those surfaces and then wipe clean. Newspaper is another thing that can buff up a mirror afterwards, for example. Some of the best essential oils to use are citrus oils, like lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, as they are powerful cleaners. You might be wondering how citric acid cleaning products work, but they are really wonderful cleaners, as well as leaving a great smell. The last point to note with this homemade cleaner is that you need to make sure that the cornstarch is fully integrated, which helps to reduce streaks on the surface (a must for mirrors and windows).
It would be great to hear what you think about this? Have you made your own cleaning products before?