Strong solutions can irritate sensitive skin or give off uncomfortable fumes, so you might prefer to look into using natural cleaning products. Making your own natural cleaners is not only safe and environmentally-friendly, it could also save you a little money. Let’s take a look at how to make natural cleaning products and where they come in handy.
1. All-purpose natural cleaners
When it comes to creating natural household cleaners we need to start with something that works for multiple purposes. Here’s what you need:
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- Half a lemon
- Quarter of a cup of white vinegar
- Litre of hot water
Combine the ingredients to make one of the best homemade natural cleaning products around, and use on surfaces and furniture around your home. Make a big batch, fill up some spray bottles and get everyone involved in cleaning the house.
2. DIY clothes cleaner
Popping stained clothes in the hot wash is often our default move, but did you know that using natural cleaning solutions can be just as good when it comes to stain removal and spot cleaning? All you’ll need is:
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- Half a glass of water
- Squeeze of lemon juice
Combine the baking soda and water to make a paste and rub it into the affected areas. Add a little lemon and you’ve got a really quick cleaning and odour removing solution on your hands!
3. Natural cleaning solutions for the oven
Products that are used to clean the grime from your oven are largely chemical based, but a combination of baking soda and vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning products to get yours sparkling. Here’s what you need:
- Half a cup of baking soda
- ¾ tablespoon of water
- White vinegar, as needed
Make a paste and spread it over the inside of the oven, letting it sit overnight. Then spray a little vinegar and wipe the paste away using an absorbent kitchen towel that’s strong enough for scrubbing, even when wet, like Plenty. Finish cleaning the oven with a final spritz to make things shine.
4. Glass cleaner
Have you ever cleaned a mirror or window, only to end up with more smudges than before? Don’t worry, this solution couldn’t be any easier to make, but the results are truly impressive. To make natural cleaning solutions for glass you’ll need:
- Peel of one lemon
- Bottle of vinegar
Soak the lemon peel in vinegar for a week or more, then strain the mixture. Mix equal parts of the citrus solution with water, pour in a spray bottle and you’re good to go. Just make sure you wipe with a clean piece of kitchen towel for a smudge-free finish.
5. Floor cleaner
Some floor cleaners can leave a sticky film on your tiles, and they often contain unwanted chemicals. But not this one! It’s comprised of only two ingredients, and although it’s not a natural disinfectant, it is a great homemade multipurpose floor cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom floors. All you need is:
- Equal parts white vinegar
- Equal parts water
Combine the two, hit the floor with your mop and watch it sparkle. Rinse the cleaner off with water and wipe down with a strong paper towel like Plenty after you’ve finished.
6. Toilet cleaner
Cleaning the toilet is nobody’s favourite job, and the smell of bleach and other cleaners can make it an even less enjoyable task. But this most simple of natural household cleaners can get the job done with minimal fuss. You’ll need:
- Half a cup of baking soda
- Cup of white vinegar
- Half a teaspoon of essential oil
Mix up the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Spray all around the toilet and leave it to work for a few minutes. The solution combines natural disinfectant properties, and your choice of essential oil will leave a much fresher smell too.
Once you’ve made your natural cleaners, share these magic formulas with your partner or housemates for when their name next comes up on the cleaning rota.