Everyone likes clean homes, but the process of cleaning is not something everyone likes. A clean house always looks refreshing, but cleaning the house is not always enjoyable. Some of the products under your sink, in your bathroom and in your garage may contain ingredients that are health hazards, or environmentally and ecologically damaging. The good news is you don’t have to use the strong irritating toxic chemicals for cleaning your house anymore. You could easily find cleaners in the market that are eco-friendly, free from any toxic harsh chemicals, nice smelling, and easy on your hands. If you have children or elderly senior citizens in the house, you should try some of these eco-friendly cleaning products.
To avoid the risk of adding any toxic materials into the environment, you can easily make some of the cleaning product yourself, using natural ingredients such as baking soda, dish detergent, vinegar, lemon, borax, olive oil, vegetable oil, and water; these and other ingredients can be used to make eco-friendly tile, counter, glass, and all-purpose cleaners. There are also ways to make your own metal polish, and clean your silverware with all natural ingredients.
Top 5 cleaning products you can make yourself
You can make great cleaning products yourself using easily available organic ingredients that are just as effective as any commercially made cleaning products. Some of the chemicals in the commercial cleaning products can be toxic and hazardous to humans and the environment. By making cleaning products yourself, you not only save money but also reduce your impact on the environment and your health. Below we will discuss the top 5 eco-friendly DIY cleaning recipes.
1. Glass cleaner
We are going to make great organic glass cleaner for windows and mirrors.
- half cup of white cider vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol (70%) one quarter of a cup
- 1 or 2 drops of orange essential oil (to create a lovely aroma)
- 2 cups of water
- empty spray bottle
Take an empty spray bottle and mix all ingredients together. Shake and you are done. Spray on a paper towel and use it like a regular glass cleaner. Don’t use it on a hot sunny day because the ingredients can dry too quickly.
2. Super all purpose cleaner
Here is something you can make from all-natural, non-toxic ingredients that will clean grime, and cuts grease from any surface. This will work great for cleaning counters, tiles, bathrooms, and any other surface. It cleans, disinfects, and leaves the room with a fresh smell.
- one teaspoon borax
- half teaspoon of washing soda (not baking soda)
- one quart of warm water
- one teaspoon of organic dish washing soap
- essential oils: I use 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lemon, and 10 drops orange (or as desired)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well, and use it on counters, tiles, or as needed. Works great as a bathroom cleaner.
3. Strong grease cleaner
These solutions will get rid of caked on grease from your kitchen that has you scrubbing for hours. Applying grease cleaner will make the job much easier for you.
- Baking soda
- Vegetable oil
Vinegar removes grease, so spraying some vinegar while cleaning will get rid of the grease from your oven and stove tops. Baking soda is great for cleaning appliances and range hoods. Just put some baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe the surface down. The amazing fact is grease cleans grease. If all else fails, use some vegetable oil to clean off the grease from your kitchen appliances and stove tops.
4. Heavy duty scrub
- Half a lemon
- half a cup of borax
Dip the lemon into a container of borax; apply on surface with a sponge, and rinse.
5. Magic cloth stain remover
This cloth stain remover works like magic; works great for any type of stained, washable garments.
- a gallon of hot water
- a cup of chlorine bleach
- a cup of powdered detergent
Get a bowl made with anything except aluminum, and mix all the ingredients together. Soak cloths for 10-15 minutes, and wash as usual.
If you think organic cleaners are not strong enough, or don’t compare with commercial cleaners, try these at home. You will like the results you get, and have the satisfaction of having a clean, great smelling home, which will also be free from germs. By the way, these solutions are all harmless for humans and the environment. For tougher jobs, consult a professional cleaner, or give us a call if you need help.
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