Perchlorethylene, 2-Butoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide. I don’t know about you but i can hardly even pronounce those first two chemicals! these are just a quick example of some of the harmful toxins in everyday cleaning products. Now I know some people think that making their own cleaning products is a bit of a “hippie” thing to do and question whether their house would even be properly clean but let me reassure you that many natural products can kill the same amount of bacteria as store bought chemical cleaners. In case your wondering why it matters, I mean there’s toxins every where around us right? what difference does it make switching to natural cleaning products? Well it can make a big difference, we are constantly exposed to toxins that are hazardous to our health; petrol, dioxane, BPA’s in plastic, phthalates – found in perfume, food containers, nail polish just to name a few. Using store bought cleaners means that every space in our house is also being sprayed/wiped with toxins.
So what can we use instead?
Just about everyone has baking soda in their pantry and this boxed beauty is a mild alkali that dissolves grease and dirt when mixed with water. It also neutralises smells.
for those germaphobe’s out there (and I am one of them) lemons are antibacterial, antiseptic and works as a natural bleach!! Not to mention the wonderful citrus smell.
The acidity of vinegar cuts through grease, grime and mineral deposits (limescale and rust). Vinegar is great for replacing window cleaner and can refresh your dishwasher and washing machine.
One for the bench, one for me? im sure no one will forget last years mad scramble to buy sanitisers and disinfectants when covid first broke out. All we really needed was some vodka and not just to survive homeschooling our kids but it is also one of the oldest natural cleaning products and disinfectants in the world. Simply pour some in a spray bottle and dilute with water.
Aka sodium chloride, gets rid of stains and grime and makes a great scrub. Mix salt and hot water to clean sinks and greasy pans.
not just great for cooking, olive oil also nourishes wooden furniture, loosens stains and cleans grease and grime.
Recipe for multi-purpose cleaner
- 500ml spray bottle
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- (optional) a few drops of essential oil – peppermint, lemon, lavender or orange works best.
Using a funnel pour all ingredients into the spray bottle.
Shake to mix the ingredients and start spraying.