Making your own natural cleaning products is easy, cheap and, best of all, toxin-free. Most of the ingredients can be purchased in bulk and can be stored in re-used containers. The main ingredients you need to clean your home are:
White vinegar- Works as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Cuts through grease and tough stains. Although it has a pungent smell, once it dries, the smell goes away.
Baking soda- Deodorizer and great for scrubbing tough stuck on stains and dirt without scratching surfaces.
Lemon/orange juice- Dissolves soap scum and cuts through grease. Lemon also acts as a mild bleach for removing stains. If you really dislike the smell of vinegar, you can infuse white vinegar with orange rinds for a week or so and then use this in the recipes to mask the smell with citrus scents.
Liquid castile soap- Oil-based soap that can be diluted and used as an all-purpose cleaner. Dr. Bronners is an example and comes in unscented and a variety of smells.
Glass cleaner -Mix vinegar and water 1:1.
All purpose scouring cleaner
1 and 2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup castile soap
1/2 cup water
Combine in a spray bottle and shake before use. Rinse with water. Make in small batches as you need it, will get cakey if stored.
1/2 cup vinegar
1 bucket of hot water -If desired, add a few drops of essential oil.
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice OR vinegar -Mix and test on an inconspicuous surface. Spray onto surface and polish with rag.
Toilet bowl cleaner Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda then spray on vinegar all purpose solution and scrub with brush. Deodorizes and disinfects!
Oven and stovetop cleaner Cover surface with baking soda and wet with water. Allow this paste to sit overnight for best results. The next day, grime will be loose enough to wipe away. Rinse well with water before baking and cooking!
Other tips- Cut a lemon or orange in half and sprinkle baking soda on top to make a handy cleaning scrubber, great for bathtubs and greasy dishes!
To unclog drains, try pouring 1/2 cup baking soda down drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Allow to foam. After a few minutes, follow with about 1 liter of boiling water. To keep drains clear, use a net to catch hairs in the bathtub and sink.
Thats all the cleaning products and recipes I use to keep my house fresh, clean and shiny. What are your favourite natural cleaning products, tips and tricks?
Great websites with more recipes and tips are: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/downloads/2011/QueenOfGreen-Green-cleaning-recipes.pdfhttp://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/news-and-blogs/news/green-living-guide/basic-recipes-for-green-cleani/