In our everyday lives we are exposed to so many chemicals. Some can be harmful and cause irritations to the skin or lungs, especially for people that have allergies or illnesses like asthma or eczema. It’s only natural that many people are wanting to minimize their exposure, especially within the home.
The good thing about natural cleaning is that you don’t need to have a lot of ingredients or gadgets to get the job done. Today’s modern world and clever marketing have had us fooled for years, having us believe we need a different spray or knick-knack to get the job done for each room and appliance.
By switching to a natural cleaning routine, you will not only have a lovely clean home for the same amount of effort as cleaning with chemicals, you will also improve the air quality within the home too. There’s also the bonus of being more environmentally friendly, less plastic packaging used naturally minimizing landfill waste. Less carbon emissions in production and transit and no toxic chemicals filtering down into the water streams and soils.
What you do need in your natural cleaning kit is the following.
Bicarbonate of Soda –
Essential Oils – Optional
Glass Spray Bottle
We’ve put together some basic recipes and cleaning tricks to help you tackle different things throughout the home;
To clean your oven and cut through the grime it’s so simple. All you need to do is mix a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and spread on your oven. Then leave it for a few hours and then wipe clean to reveal a sparkling oven.
There is absolutely no need for that bright yellow concoction we spritz around the surfaces and cupboards. A simple mix of 1tsp Castile soap, 1tsp borax and ½ tsp of Soda Crystals topped with water in a spray bottle is all you need to cleanse you surfaces to a squeaky-clean space you could eat from.
From time to time the sink may start to smell a little as drains build up with food debris and dirt, so it’s always a good idea to flush the system every now and then. It’s not necessary at all to use toxic chemicals here, provided there is no major blockage. Simply pour a cup of soda crystals down the plug, then slowly pour a half full kettle of boiling water. Leave for 15 minutes then return with a full kettle of boiling water; that’s it!
Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet and let it soak for at least an hour. Pour in a cup of white vinegar, leave it for 5 mins and then flush. Unless the toilet is really dirty, this will clean it without any scrubbing!
If there is a build up of limescale, depending on if you live in a hard water area, a cup of citric acid left in the pan over night will clear this right up.
To cut through soap scum on the bath rim also on glass shower doors, all you need is vinegar and water and a cloth. Pour the mixture onto the cloth and wipe the surface you want to clean.
For beautiful streak-free gleaming windows all you need is a mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. And believe it or not but the best thing to buff up your windows and mirrors is not a cloth, but newspaper.
Floors don’t need to be a chore with this natural mix added to a mop bucket, your floors will gleam. Simply mix 1/4 cup of mild dish soap with 3 cups of warm water. Mix 1/4 cup dish soap, 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Then mop your floors as you usually would.
Depending on the fabric of your carpet whether it’s wool or made from synthetic fibers, a simple solution of soda crystals, soap and vinegar will get rid of the most stubborn of carpet stains.
Bicarbonate of soda is wonderful for getting rid of odors, simple sprinkle this over carpets wait 20mins then hoover for fresh flooring.
Everybody loves fresh laundry, the smell, the feel, but it also must do the job and get out the grime of the day. With this mixture your clothes will be fresh and clean. Mix 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax and 1 bar of grated soap. Store in a large Kilner jar for freshness and convenience and add a ¼ cup scoop to your washing machine.
We all love soft, fresh smelling laundry and it’s simpler than you would anticipate. Just mix ¼ cup vinegar and 1 cup of water together with the option of adding essential oils to fragrance your laundry, jasmine and lavender are a lovely combination.
With this simple recipe for furniture polish, dust will no longer get you down. All you need is 1 cup of water, 2 tbsp of Grape seed Oil, ½ a cup of vinegar with essential oils 5 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of cedar wood.
With these natural cleaning recipes and tips you simply can’t go wrong, let us know how they work for you or if you have a wonderful natural cleaning recipe you’d like to share.