As consumers become more conscious of the harmful effects of some chemical-based cleaners, they are opting to make their own homemade natural ingredient-based cleaners.
Here are a few simple, yet effective, homemade cleaners meant to tackle stubborn grime and odours that you can easily make and start using today.
1. Multi-purpose surface cleaner
To make your own all-purpose cleaning spray for different types of household surfaces like countertops and floors, mix one gallon of hot water with a half a cup of liquid castile soap, one tablespoon of borax and 10 drops of an essential oil you enjoy. Combine the ingredients, pour into a clean spray bottle and use.
Authentic castile soap is derived from natural plant oils (e.g. palm, coconut and jojoba) and is biodegradable. Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate, is a natural mineral compound that has disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. Mixed together with warm water, borax boosts the cleaning power of castile soap by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide, all while avoiding harsh detergents and anti-bacterial agents such as triclosan.
2. Wood polish
Polishing your wood furniture is easy with this quick and effective furniture polish recipe. Simply combine two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice. Pour into a spray bottle and shake well, then spray it on and polish with a soft cloth.
The lemon juice and vinegar combination clean the surface of the wood, while the olive oil penetrates the grain and nourishes the wood.
3. Glass cleaner
That ubiquitous blue liquid isn’t the only way to achieve a streak-free shine on the various glass surfaces throughout your home. Instead of using store-bought glass cleaners, try a simple mixture of a half of a cup of white vinegar and a half a cup of water. Spray onto your glass surfaces, wipe and watch the grime and streaks disappear.
To give your all natural glass cleaner a more pleasing scent, try infusing your vinegar with citrus peel before spraying on your windows.
4. Stainless steel cleaner
Stainless steel is the popular choice for many modern kitchen appliances, but the finish requires a special cleaning solution to wipe off grease without harsh or corrosive materials. As an alternate to store-bought stainless steel cleaners, try making your own by first using a tablespoon of olive oil to rub down the surface. Then, with a separate cloth, finish off the job by rubbing the surface with one tablespoon of white vinegar.
5. Multi-surface scrubber
For tougher to clean surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens, you need something with grit in it to get it clean. An easy all-purpose scouring recipe calls for a combination of one and a half cups of baking soda (or borax for scrubbing power) with half a cup of lemon juice mixed a half a cup of water. Put in a spray bottle, shake well and use the solution to scrub items like bathtubs and sinks. Once you have finished spraying and scrubbing, rinse the area clean with warm water.
These homemade cleaners will do just as well as the chemical alternatives. So try them out and experience a new chemical-free way to clean.
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