Our Best DIY Cleaning Solutions
Having a clean and tidy home has nothing but upsides, however cleaning with multiple products can be expensive and harmful to the environment. If you are looking to save money, simple ingredients from the pantry can be used to make cleaning products for a fraction of the cost. Not only can you save money but there are also lots of benefits to making your own cleaning products.
One of the biggest benefits of homemade or non-toxic cleaners is that they are perfectly safe around children so you don’t have to be concerned with locking them away from your children or hiding them in a cupboard. Non-toxic cleaners can also keep the air you and your family breathe clean as unfortunately most store-bought cleaners are full of toxic chemicals.
Another benefit is that homemade cleaners don’t harm the environment unlike conventional cleaning products that can easily seep into the sewer system which can affect wildlife and other natural resources. Lastly DIY cleaners are much, much cheaper. Most basic cleaning recipes require the same basic ingredients, and they can likely be found in your pantry already. A simple batch of all-purpose cleaner can cost as little as a dollar.
Now that you know the benefits of making your own cleaning products here are our top 5 safe ingredients we recommend.
1.Diluted or Undiluted White Vinegar
White vinegar is mildly acidic dissolving dirt and soap scum from smooth surfaces. White vinegar is also a natural deodoriser, absorbing odours instead of covering them up, so it’s ideal for use in the kitchen. Undiluted white vinegar can also be used straight from the jug for tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or stubborn soap scum.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda has mild abrasive and natural deodorising properties which makes it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle a grimy bathtub or vanity unit.
Eucalyptus oil has a wonderful fresh, clean smell and its proven disinfectant and antiseptic properties make it a natural, environmentally friendly cleaner with numerous household uses. When diluted with water eucalyptus oil is ideal for use in the kitchen and bathroom.
Lemons are high in citric acid which makes lemon juice one of the best natural cleaners due to its low pH and antibacterial properties. Lemons also smell great and are unlikely to cause damage to materials around what you are cleaning such as fabric or wood. Simply use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout or keep your lemon peels to make an all-purpose cleaner.
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender is a fantastic essential oil for green cleaning. It’s especially ideal for those who prefer a fresh, light, floral scent. Lavender is an effective antibacterial, so it is perfect for making a natural homemade cleaner for bench tops, tables, and other surfaces. Plus, this essential oil’s deodorising capabilities can also work wonders in your laundry. Simply add a few drops to the washing machine when doing laundry.