DIY Natural Cleaning Tips & Recipes

Many people still judge cleaning by smell, as in it is not really clean unless you can smell it.

However, this is not the best way to assess cleanliness, and it is well
known that people go out of their way nowadays to avoid toxic chemicals which are not only harmful to the environment but can also affect your health.

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This is why you should consider making your own cleaner from the everyday items you have in your pantry, not only will they work just as well, they will definitely smell better!

Basic Ingredients for DIY cleaner

  •  White vinegar
  •  Baking soda
  •  Hydrogen peroxide
  •  Borax
  •  Essential oils, i.e lavender oil, lemongrass oil etc.
  •  Fresh herbs and citrus peel
  •  Castile soap
  • Olive/vegetable oil
  •  Water

Making a kitchen cleaner is not only economical but also good for your health.
Using natural pantry ingredients means you can be confident that your cleaning
will have no detrimental effects on your health or the environment.

Ingredients for Kitchen cleaner

  • Vinegar
  •  Baking soda
  •  Optional essential oil
  •  Soap
  • Lemon
  •  Water

Equipment required

  •  Spray bottle
  •  Scrubbing brush
  • Bowl
  •  Sponge
  • Measuring spoons

How to make the all-purpose kitchen cleaner

Combine 1 Teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of dish soap and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in the spray bottle.

Shake well to ensure that all elements are mixed thoroughly. Leave this to settle, then fill the bottle with warm water, shake again and then stand, add a few drops of essential oil if required. The cleaner is now ready to use.

Waste disposal freshener

Combine the pulp of a lemon with some thin strips of peel, toss all of the mix-
ture into your waste disposal and switch on. The result instant freshness.

Stovetop and sink cleaner

Combine a third of a cup of baking soda in a bowl with enough water to create
a moist paste. Use this paste on a brush or sponge and scrub the surface. This
cleaner should be made as required.

Stove cleaning

Do you remember to wipe up every spill immediately from your stove or do you
end up with a build up of burnt residue? Do you end up wondering how to get the
stove top clean? The following is a secret weapon that will get your stove clean with
minimal effort and no need for harsh chemicals.
Unbelievably the secret weapon is none other than hot water from your kettle.
Therefore next time you have a stove top to tackle try this. Boil a kettle and pour a
thin layer over the stove top. Leave this to work its magic, and cool down for about
5 minutes. After this time attack your stove with a soft pad or steel wool if neces-
sary, and there is no doubt that you will be amazed how quickly the residue is removed.

Whilst this is not suitable for all types of stoves and you should always consult
the manufacturer’s guide. On the whole, though there is no easier, natural or cost
effective way than to use boiling water.

Upholstery cleaner
Cleaning upholstery can be difficult, however, keeping your furniture clean will
prolong its longevity. The following tips have been collated to help you spot clean
your upholstery safely.

It is good to run your vacuum or a brush over the cushions every week as this
will prevent the dirt for penetrating and becoming ground in. When you have an unfortunate spill there are several green cleaners you can use.
Please note that you should always perform a spot test somewhere that will not be obvious, this is so you can see how well the cleaner will work.

– If you are faced with a red wine spillage, hydrogen peroxide will work wonders. Start by blotting up as much of the spill as you can with a paper towel, mix a teaspoon of dish soap with a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

Blot the mixture on the stain, ensure that you have a dry towel behind the stain
to blot up any excess. This mixture works on clothing, carpets and other fabrics. Hydrogen peroxide also works well on ink stains.

– Coffee stains can be removed by mixing an egg yolk with lukewarm water,
then rub onto the stain.

– Mixed detergent works well, whatever the stain. Fill your container with half water and half detergent, then mix thoroughly ideal with some type of mixer.
Rub the frothed mixture onto the stain and rinse using water.

– Shampoo mixed with water makes a good general stain remover.

– Steam cleaning whist being electrically powered uses just water and can be a very effective way to remove stains.

Multi-purpose cleaner

Using just three nontoxic, inexpensive ingredients which are hydrogen peroxide, water and lemon juice and you have an excellent multi purpose cleaner that can be used for everything.

Ingredients for the multi-purpose cleaner

  • 2 cups of water
  •  1 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice

The key ingredient in this cleaner is the hydrogen peroxide which is easy to
find, non toxic and inexpensive. There is barely any smell and because this is more often used on wounds, it is safe to use around children and pets. Hydrogen per-
oxide is stronger than vinegar and many other cleaning agents and it also works in a similar way to bleach, just without the health and environmental effects.
Another use for this cleaner is to mix it in the laundry water to whiten clothes.
The acidic lemon juice helps to break down the particles of dirt whilst also adding a fresh citrus scent.