How to Make Natural Cleaners for Your HouseNaturely
Using natural cleaners for your home is not simply a trend. It should be a practice that you maintain for a green and healthy living style. DIY natural cleaners are environmentally friendly and safe for your well-being. Not to mention that they are effective at their job and cost-saving.
Moreover, DIY natural cleaners are easier to make than you think. You only need some simple ingredients that you can simply find in your kitchen including lemon, vinegar, and baking soda, to name just a few. Let’s check out some of the natural cleaners that you can make to clean your home including your kitchen, bathroom and other areas.
Ingredients You Need
Here are the must-have ingredients that you would need in making various kinds of home-made cleaners:
- Lemons: They are full of acidic power, which will help to get rid of dirt, bacteria, and stains.
- Baking soda: This popular baking ingredient is capable of eliminating the odd smell and removing even the toughest stains.
- Borax: It can be used to disinfect and kill unwanted pests. Excellent for cleaning and deodorising as well.
- Hydro-peroxide: A powerful cleaning ingredients that can get rid of the most stubborn stains.
- Distilled white vinegar: This potent ingredient is used to kill bacteria, inhibit mould and mildew as well as cleaning and freshening your home.
- Salt, especially Kosher salt: It helps with souring and disinfecting.
- Essential oils: Some oils have antibacterial properties while some just have great smells.
The tools you need include a spray bottle, a sponge, and a soft-bristle brush.
Recipes For DIY Natural Cleaners
All-purpose Natural Cleaners:
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of baking soda + 1 cup of water
This mixture can be used to clean the oven, fridge, microwave, as well as kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles. You can use this mixture to clean off grease stains. It is capable of making stainless steel sinks shiny again.
# Recipe 2: 2 cup of white distilled vinegar or lemon with 1 cup of water and 2 litres of water
This cleaner works well on glass and mirrors. Spray the mixture on a paper towel then use the towel to clean the glass and mirrors. You can also use it to clean off titles. However, don’t use it on marble or wood floor.
# Recipe 3: 1 cup of borax and 5 litres of hot water
This solution is used to clean floors as well as tiles.
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of vinegar + 1 cup of water +10 drops of peppermint essential oil
You can mix these ingredients in a spray bottle. Use it to scrub your shower or tub right after you take a shower.
# Recipe 2: 1 cup of baking soda + 2 cups of vinegar
Use a bristle and apply the solution around the toilet bowl. Wait for at least 10 minutes then scrub and flush. You can also use 1 cup of borax instead of baking soda.
Carpet Stain Remover
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar.
Put the mixture into the spray bottle and spray directly on the stains on the carpet. Let it sit for a while then clean it off with some warm water and a sponge. If stains remain, spray some more and wait for a bit longer before you brush the stains off
# Recipe 2: Baking soda
Just merely sprinkle some baking soda on the floor. Let it sit and then vacuum off the baking soda. This method is effective in getting rid of mould and mildew.
Mould and Mildew Remover
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of vinegar + 2 cups of water
Mix these ingredients in a spray and spray directly onto the mould spot. Let the cleaner sit there for 1 hour before cleaning it off with bristle and warm water.
You can try using hydrogen peroxide or baking soda instead (For instance, 1 cup of baking soda + 1 cup of water). Repeat if needed.
For a more powerful cleaner to get rid of stubborn mould and mildew, try to mix all of these powerful ingredients together. You can try recipe 2 or 3.
# Recipe 2: 1 cup of vinegar + ½ cup of baking soda + a few drops of hydrogen peroxide + some water- enough to create a thick and consistent paste
# Recipe 3: 1 cup of vinegar + 1 cup of borax.
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of baking soda + 1 cup of salt + 1 cup of borax
Mix these ingredients well and sprinkle the mixture directly on the areas that need to be scoured. Wait for a few minutes before you soft scrub the areas and rinse them off with water.
# Recipe 1: Vinegar
Soak a towel in white distilled vinegar. Wrap the tower around the faucet that has lime deposits. Let it sit overnight.
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of baking soda + 1 cup of vinegar + 2 litres of super hot water (Not mixing together)
Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Then throw 1 cup of vinegar into the drain. Wait for 15 minutes and pour the water into the drain.
Floor Cleaner and Polish
# Recipe 1: 1 cup of vinegar + 1 litre of water + 10 to 15 drop of some essential oils such as mint or peppermint
This works on tiles and floors. But avoid cleaning it on the hardwood floor or marble floor.
# Recipe 2: 1 cup of squeezed lemon juice + 2 cups of olive oil +10 to 15 drop of some essential oils such as mint or peppermint for extra scent
If your floor is made from wood, instead of using the recipe 1, you can use recipe 2 instead. Just rub the wood floor with a sponge or a soft bristle brush.
Tips To Clean Your House With Natural Cleaners:
- You should clean your house, especially the bathroom and the kitchen area on a daily or weekly basis. By doing so, you can prevent tough stains from building up, which need more time and powerful cleaners to get rid of.
- You can try adding some kinds of essential oils for extra fragrance and power. Just simply add the oils with the scents that you like and be creative. My favourite kinds of essential oils are lavender oil for a relaxing scent and peppermint oil for a refreshing scent.
- Avoid using vinegar to clean off anything with marble or wood as it will deteriorate these materials.
- When you create any solution, make sure you write down the ingredients onto a label and stick it to the container or the spray bottle for future reference.
- Before you do any mixing, make sure you read the instruction labels carefully.
- Still, if you don’t have time to make your own natural cleaners, there are plenty of safe products which contain natural ingredients that you can use instead. Here are some of our recommended products:
- Ecostore Bath and Shower Cleaner which contains Myristyl Glucoside, a surfactant derived from coconut 
- Koala Eco Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
- Koala Eco Floor Cleaner – Mandarin & Peppermint
- Make your own natural cleaning kit from RetroKitchen:
Using natural cleaners for your house is effective, cost-saving and good for the environment. With all of the benefits that natural cleaners can bring, why don’t you start using them right now? It only takes a few simple ingredients with simple recipes to bring wonder to your house. I hope that with the article above, you can easily make your own natural cleaners and use them to have a clean and beautiful home all of the time.
Do you have any useful and effective household cleaner to share?