Your home is your haven and we don’t like polluting it with nasty chemicals which, while they may clean, leave a harsh residue that can affect your health. Instead, at Family Clean we choose natural products like those from Method, which get the job done without harm. Here are our best cleaning tips for natural cleaning products using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard.
Let’s start our list of DIY eco cleaning products with cloths. Old T-shirts (just avoid ones with scratch screen printing on them) are wonderfully soft and ideal for dusting, and polishing everything from mirrors to shoes. I am a bit OCD about some things and tend to cut my rag cleaners to roughly the same size, but that’s just me!
Got an old towel? Cut it into face cloth sized squares and use them to wipe down dirty bathrooms, kitchen counter tops, and even floors. You can also use them in your tumble dryer if you store a few cloths in an airtight jar with half a cup of vinegar mixed with eight drops of your favourite essential oil. Squeeze out any excess liquid and throw in with a load of drying clothes for naturally fresh softness.
Natural Kitchen Cleaner
Vinegar comes to the fore again with this DIY kitchen cleaner. Mix two cups of white vinegar with a handful of rosemary and the peel from two lemons, and leave to steep in a sealed jar for a few days. Strain the mixture into a spray bottle and you’re good to go. Both lemon and rosemary are natural disinfectants and safe to use around food. Adding orange or grapefruit peel will give this cleaner natural degreasing oomph and a gorgeous smell. This is also a fab DIY bathroom cleaner.
Kill germs the natural way with this easy to make DIY disinfectant. All you need is half a cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of hot water, and 10 to 12 drops of tea tree oil. You could also add a teaspoon or two or baking soda if you want to use it for cleaning. Mix and spray.
Cleaning with Olive Oil
It may seem strange to clean with oil, but olive oil makes fantastic natural furniture cleaner. Mix half a cup of olive oil (the cheap stuff, not the expensive extra virgin cold pressed!) with a quarter of a cup of lemon juice. Shake it up and spray or dab onto one of your nice soft T-shirt cleaning cloths before wiping onto your grubby wooden furniture. Leave it for a few minutes before buffing away with another clean cloth.
Olive oil is also good for restoring the condition of leather. Rub a little in, leave for half an hour before wiping away any excess away with a soft cloth.
DIY Cleaning Ingredients
Common household ingredients for DIY cleaning products include distilled white vinegar, baking soda, citrus peel and juice, and your favourite essential oils.
As with any new products it’s important to do a patch test somewhere inconspicuous, and remember to keep them out of the kiddos reach.
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