Constantly buying cleaning products can prove to be quite expensive. So, why not take a few tips from the old days where cleaning solutions were made with the materials you already had at home? This article will show you how you can clean your entire house without using any chemicals at all…
Store Cupboard Essentials
Borax will be one of the key ingredients needed as it has so many uses. It’s a natural mineral that’s often found in soaps, toothpaste and laundry boosters. It can be used for pest control, removing mould, in the washing machine and as a general household cleaner. Other basic items will include essential oils, washing soda, liquid soap, baking soda, vinegar, and the odd bottle of alcohol will come in handy too! With table salt and lemon juice you’ve got all the ingredients you need to get started.
Don’t forget you’ll also need a supply of microfibre cloths, rags and paper towels. Microfibres are the best cloths to use as they’ve got the ability to pick up dirt and dust from cracks and crevices. The woven strands trap the particles and hold them until the cloths are washed. Because they can be re-used time and time again a little extra expense in the initial purchase is well worth it.
Recipes and Techniques
- An all-purpose cleaner can be made quickly and easily with 1 teaspoon of borax mixed with ½ teaspoon of washing soda, a teaspoon of liquid soap and a few drops of essential oils. Add two cups of warm water and shake well. Place into a spray bottle and use as a kitchen and bathroom cleaner and also to disinfect children’s toys.
- Brass cleaner can be made from white vinegar or lemon juice with a sprinkling of salt. Apply to a damp sponge and then lightly rub onto the surface. Rinse thoroughly afterwards and then dry with your microfibre cloth.
- You can also use your white wine vinegar undiluted to remove hard water deposits and soap scum. It works a treat in the toilet too! Scrub with a toilet brush to reach under the rim and you’ll find the odour is also minimised. Showerheads can be unclogged by attaching a bag filled with vinegar with an elastic band – leave overnight before rinsing and drying.
- Making a paste with the baking soda will help with grimy baths and dirty sinks. It has a mild abrasive property, yet it cleans powerfully. Letting the mixture stand for ten minutes will improve ease of which you can remove the residue. If you pour half a cup of baking powder down the drain, followed by a flush of how water, this’ll assist in keeping the water running away freely.
- A natural glass cleaner recipe simply takes two cups of distilled or filtered water for streak-free results, combined with two tablespoons of vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil. There are several fragrance options available but lemon works well as it lessens the smell of the vinegar. Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. You can use white or cider vinegar-whatever you have to hand-and add the alcohol for extra depth. This works brilliantly on mirrors and windows!
- If you find you don’t have the time to make the solution then go for the easy option and call in the professionals to do the window cleaning for you!
Before you mix any products together always read the manufacturers labels. Never combine products containing bleach with ammonia based cleaners as the fumes they create can be extremely dangerous. Use rubber gloves to protect your hands and an apron to protect your clothes! You shouldn’t use borax around food, and you need to keep it away from children and pets as it can be toxic. Don’t use baking soda down a blocked drain.