If you are looking for ways to lead a more organic and natural life style, one great way to start is by exchanging those chemical based cleaners in your home for organic and natural chemical free cleaners.
While there are several companies out there that sell these type of cleaners, most do it yourself people love the idea of making their own chemical free cleaners, and are surprised at how easily and cheaper these cleaners can be to make.
Three Basic General Cleaning Ingredients
The majority of people find, that when making their own home cleaning products, there are 3 basic ingredients they can use to get most of their cleaning done. These three ingredients are:
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- lemon Juice
With just these three basic ingredients, you can make the following cleaning products:
- tub and tile cleaner
- toilet bowl cleaner
- glass cleaner
- pot and pan scrubbing powder
- tile and grout cleaner
- fabric softener for your washer
All Purpose Cleaner
In order to make some great general all purpose cleaners, all you need is to mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This cleaner will clean counter tops, bathtubs, sinks, and all your appliances.
It also can serve as general all purpose floor cleaner. You don’t have to worry that your home will smell like a pickle jar either, as the vinegar smell evaporates once everything dries. If you have problems with insects in your home, adding a few drops of organic essential oils such as lavender, oregano, or clove, will not only help to disinfect all your surfaces, but will chase those insects away as well.
For stained counter tops, try using a little lemon juice or lemon juice mixed with baking soda, and see those stains disappear quickly and easily, leaving behind a nice clean lemon smell.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Using a little of your all purpose cleaner or a bit of lemon juice on a daily basis will keep that toilet bowl sparkling clean. If rust or stains do appear, then making a thin paste from baking soda and lemon juice should scrub those stains away in no time.
Most people know that using 1 tablespoon (or a little more) of vinegar in a quart of water makes windows and mirrors sparkle. If you are one of those people who really enjoys reading the newspaper, you can recycle that paper by using it along with the vinegar and water for clean lint free windows and mirrors.
Nothing is worse than having dingy look grout and you won’t have to when you use baking soda and water to make a thick paste that you can apply with an old tooth brush. Just mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Scrub it in, let it sit for 10 minutes or so and rinse it off.
Fantastic Fabric Softener
All it takes is ½ cup of white vinegar and your laundry is softer than you ever thought possible. Throw in some baking soda in the wash cycle and your clothes will be completely odour free.
Most recipes for laundry detergent call for using some type of soap (which may be less than natural), however, you can purchase a 1 pound bag of saponin nuts or berries for less than 25 dollars, and then place 4 to 5 berries in a bag and use that as laundry detergent.
The berries in the bag can be used for 2 or 3 loads and that one pound bag of berries lasts most families for 6 to 8 months. Best of all, saponin nuts are completely organic.
Furniture polish/panel cleaner
For beautiful shining wood furniture, simply take 1 cup of lemon juice and mix with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water, spray on and then buff your furniture for a wonderful glow. This same combination also makes a great panel cleaner to remove dust and even smoke.
Making your own organic or natural cleaning supplies can leave your home clean and smelling good. Best of all, these cleaning supplies are good for the environment as well as your families health.
Have you tried making your own chemical free cleaning products? What do you find works best?