Many natural cleaners use the same base of ingredients. You may find that you have la lot of them at home already. These ingredients are easy to grab at your local grocery store or online. All of these products should be stored in a cool dry place.
If you’re becoming more conscious about the products you use to clean your home? There are so many advantages of using natural cleaners including saving money and creating a healthier, non-toxic home. Natural cleaners are effective and do a proper job in cleaning just as some of the more toxic chemical cleaners do. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can make salad dressings and clean your home with some of the same ingredients? I think that’s awesome.
Many store-bought cleaners are made with water, chemicals and fragrance. Some fragrances can irritate allergies, and create skin sensitivities. They can even be poisonous to pets and small children. Some of these store-bought cleaners have instructions to be in a ventilated room when using or to wear a mask. To me, this is very concerning. Organic and natural cleaners are an option if you do not want to aggravate your allergies and you can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in your cleaning agent.
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Essential Ingredients To Make Your Own Cleaners
Distilled White Vinegar
This is the powerhouse of the cleaning cupboard. It has germ-killing properties, cuts grease, and gets rid of stains. It is biodegradable and as a mild organic acid and is easy to dispense and control. It is safe for stainless steel and is used in the food industry. It is relatively non-toxic and stable which makes it safe to handle. It is a sanitizer for many different bacteria, mold and yeasts. And it destroys organisms to acceptable levels.
Vinegar is comprised of 5% acetic acid and 95% water, however, these percentages can vary in different vinegar styles. Due to its pH of 2.0 and acetic acid content, vinegar is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms.
You just can’t go wrong with vinegar. Pick up a large bottle of vinegar from the supermarket or from Amazon like this and prepare to clean every area of your house from top to bottom, freshen up your landscape, and repair destroyed clothing with these domestic applications for vinegar you never knew about. Read What Not To Clean With Vinegar. Read 84 Brilliant Uses For White Vinegar.
This is a brilliant product for absorbing odors. It also has excellent abrasive properties. You might want to consider purchasing baking soda in bulk from Amazon like this, as it can get expensive quickly at the grocery store since they usually only have smaller boxes available.
This is an amped-up version of baking soda which you mix with water and it is used as a detergent booster, an odor remover and a stain remover. This is what it looks like here.
This naturally occurring mineral is found where saltwater lakes and seawater have evaporated. Take care when using this ingredient and keep it out of reach of children. Avoid inhaling when mixing the recipes with this product. This product makes brilliant results. I try not to use too much Borax, but it is helpful when cleaning the house. Here is the link for Amazon.
Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that is especially gentle. It is made with vegetable oils like coconut and olive and is very effective in cutting down grease. You can usually find it at the grocery store, or on Amazon.
Lemons are great for cleaning and have antibacterial properties and a fresh scent. Find lemons at your grocery store! Read Fresh Ways To Clean With Lemon.
Epsom salts like these are a compound of magnesium and sulphate and can be ingested for ailments and added to bathwater to relieve sore muscle pain and soften water. It works well for cleaning too. Sea salt like this is also a great cleaning agent and is more abrasive. Adding lemon to salt creates a natural antibacterial scrub. Read The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning With Salt
Oils – Olive, Coconut
It is useful to have oils on hand as they can help make wooden surfaces shine. This is the coconut oil I buy.
Hydrogen peroxide is found in a bottle in the pharmacy section of the grocery store. It is a natural sanitizer and disinfectant and it is safe to use on toothbrushes. It is not scented and it does need to be stored in a dark container. It’s great for using on wooden cutting boards and in the bathroom too. Read Brilliant Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Hacks.
Rubbing alcohol is found in the pharmacy section of the grocery store. It is sold as an antispetic. Vodka also kills germs, mold, mildew and the scent is less noticeable than rubbing alcohol so you can use it as well for cleaning. Read 9 Powerful Ways To Clean With Rubbing Alcohol.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is commonly used in beauty but it is great for making your own hand sanitizer,
Essential oils like this are vital to making your own cleaning products and they come in many fantastic smells. Not only are they high in antibacterial properties but they are also antifungal and antiviral. Add oils to your laundry routine, sanitize the kitchen, and get rid of mold in the bathroom while making your home smell beautiful.
What Are Essential Oils
Essential oils are not really oils. They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute an actual oil. They are highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic properties.
Not all essential oils are created equally so be sure you are purchasing the pure essence to gain the maximum benefit from the healthier and most potent plants. Essential oils are extracted through steam distillation or by cold processing the herbs, plants or flowers which is why the scent is so potent. All of these benefits fit nicely into small dark bottles. Because they are so potent, it is a good idea to dilute them before using them.
Purchasing Essential Oils
When buying essential oils, you can visit a local health food shop and ask about the best brands for quality. If purchasing online, ensure the label says 100% pure so you know it’s not synthetic oil. Always check the ingredient list and don’t get essential oils mixed up with scented oils ass those are generally made with synthetic perfumes.
Blending Essential Oils
When it comes to adding multiple scents to recipes to create a blend, play around with them and start making mixtures that make you happy. Here are some ideas:
- Bergamot, lemon, spearmint
- Rosemary, lemon, vanilla
- Basil, lemon and lime
- Lime and lavenfdar
- Lavendar, rosemary and eucalyptus
- Eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree
- Geranium, sandalwood and mandarin
- Vanilla and lavendar
- Vanilla and peppermint
- Cinnamon, clove and orange
Essential Cleaning Supplies For Making Your Own Cleaners
Before you go ahead and make your own cleaners, it’s a good idea to collect some basic equipment that you will need. You might own a lot of these already.
Using scrubbing brushes for specific jobs can help eliminate cross-contamination. Keep the bathroom scrub brush in the bathroom, please. Here are some scrub brush reviews for you.
500ml (17fl/oz) spray bottles will work well for many recipes. You can find glass bottles online, these are the ones I use.
Containers With Lids
Mason jars or jam jars are perfect, and not too ugly, storage containers. Don’t forget to label them. I like to re use my old jam jars for this.
Regular sponges like this do not contain any cleaner or odors so they are great to use with DIY home cleaning products. Melamine sponges are awesome for stain removal.
Find dusting wands that have a washable duster and an extendable pole so you can reach tall and tricky places. This is the best one in my opinion, I’ve had the same one for over 5 years.
Find a mop that suits your needs. A sponge mop, a twistable mop, or a refillable mop, spin mops are all good options. I personally like my vaccum mop, but if I don’t have time to use it, this is the one I use.
You should have at least 3 buckets like this. One to hold the toilet plunger, one for soapy water and one for cleaning rags.
A funnel is very helpful when making your own recipes. When you finish mixing your solution, the funnel can help you proud your cleaner into the spray bottle from your jar. I like these collapsable funnels.
An important part of making your own product is labelling them with the contents and the date they were prepared. If you make up a recipe or adopt one, you should write the ingredients on the label. These chalk labels are great.
Pre-Treating Stain Guide With DIY Cleaners
It’s good to get strains treated before washing the garment. Here are common stains and how to pre treat them.
- Candle Wax: Scrape off surface wax, place between paper towels and press down with a warm iron.
- Chocolate: Wet with warm water and dab with teat tree stain stick.
- Fruit: Wet stain with warm water and dab with white vinegar.
- Grass: Pre-treat stain with tea tree stain stick. Wash on the hottest setting on the washing machine.
- Chewing Gum: Place an ice cube on the area or put into the freezer. Scrape off the gum and wash as normal.
- Lipstick: Dab with rubbing alcohol and wash as normal.
- Oil and grease: Rub oil stain with chalk and wash as normal.
- Pen and ink: Rinse with cool water and dab with rubbing alcohol. Wash as normal.
- Sweat: soak the garment in hydrogen peroxide and wash as normal.
- Tea and coffee: Use a tea tree stain stick.
- Tomato sauce: Rub castile soap into the stain. wash as normal.
- Blood and Vomit: Blot with cold water and add to wash cycle.
- Water-based paint: Wash off paint with warm water. wash as normal.
- Wine: Dab with water and then soak up the stain. Add on rubbing alcohol and wash as normal.
To make a tea tree stain stick, use castile soap, 4 drops of tea tree oil. Place the grated castile soap and 3 teaspoons of water into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute in 20-second intervals. Allow soap to melt. Cool for 1 minute and then stir in essential oil. Pour mixture into a clean push up the container and allow to cool into a solid state.
Ready To Make Your Own Cleaners?
Some of the greatest home cleansers are made with items you probably already have in your cupboard. Make your own DIY cleaners that are gentle on your budget and the environment. If you want to deep clean your home with DIY cleaners, this is how I do this.
Common Cleaning Products To Make
Even if you don’t want to manufacture your own cleaning goods, I recommend making this cleaner at home. There are two options: a vinegar all-purpose cleaner (not recommended for stone or granite surfaces) or a castile soap/Sal Suds all-purpose cleanser (safe for most surfaces). Clean kitchen countertops, dusty surfaces, sinks and tubs, light switches, filthy toys, stainless steel surfaces, bathroom counters, and spot clean floors with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Combine 1 cup purified water, 1 cup white vinegar or homemade orange vinegar, and 15-20 drops essential oil of choice to make an all-purpose vinegar cleaner (if desired). Fill a glass spray bottle halfway with all of the contents.
- To make an all-purpose cleaner without vinegar, fill a glass spray bottle with 2 cups distilled water, 2 teaspoons liquid castile soap and 15-20 drops essential oil of choice (if desired).
Liquid castile soap is a concentrated plant-based soap that is used to produce a variety of cleaning solutions. Sal Suds is Castile soap’s tougher big brother, and it’s great for cutting grease and cleaning up grimy surfaces.
- Fill a 3 gallon bucket halfway with warm water, then add a few squirts of castile soap or Sal Suds and (optionally) a few drops of an essential oil. Clean the floor with this solution using a mop or a scrub brush/rag.
- To produce an all-purpose cleaner for cleaning surfaces in your house, combine castile soap with Sal Suds.
- To remove tough filth and stains from tubs and sinks, prepare a scrub cleanser with castile soap or Sal Suds.
Vinegar is a wonderful natural cleanser that is an ideal addition to a natural cleaning caddy. Most home vinegar (used in the kitchen) contains 4-6 percent acetic acid, which is why vinegar is such an effective cleaner. White vinegar is the most acidic vinegar available and the most potent alternative for producing a home cleanser. If you dislike the scent of vinegar, prepare your own orange cleaning vinegar using vinegar and orange peels.
In a bucket, add 2.5-3 gallons of warm water, 1 cup of vinegar (white vinegar or homemade orange vinegar), and (optionally) a few drops of essential oil to produce a hard floor cleanser. To clean the f, use a mop or a scrub brush/rag.
Baking soda is the most underappreciated natural cleaning agent. It’s fantastic and really effective! Baking soda will clean, refresh, and deodorize surfaces while also removing tenacious grime and oil. In my cleaning caddy, I keep a mason jar filled with baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl, then clean with a toilet brush after a few minutes.
To freshen a space, sprinkle baking soda on carpets and rugs and vacuum after a few minutes.
Scrub the surface with a damp towel or scrub brush after sprinkling baking soda in a sink or tub (add a squirt of Sal Suds or Castile soap for extra cleaning power).
You may use a vinegar all-purpose cleaner to clean and shine glass surfaces. You’ll need to use something else if you’re using an all-purpose cleaner prepared with castile soap or Sal Suds.
In a 16-ounce spray container, combine 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup white vinegar, then top up with distilled water to make a glass and mirror cleaner. If you don’t want to use rubbing alcohol, try 1/2 cup vinegar instead. Wipe a microfiber cloth across a glass surface after spraying.
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