How to Make Your Own Chemical Free Cleaning Products
Wander down the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket and you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with an abundance of products, the vast majority of which are laden with harsh chemicals and more often than not carry a hefty price tag. So, what do you do if you’re concerned about these chemicals and their potential effect on the environment and your personal wellbeing? Well, a cheap and easy answer is - make your own!
It’s not always necessary to use harsh chemicals to clean your home effectively. Our grandparents and their grandparents before them made do with natural ingredients to clean their homes and, if you know where to look, you can do the same. Many non-toxic ingredients have natural cleaning properties and are much kinder to you, your pocket and the planet. Here’s a handy guide to making the staple cleaning products that you use around the home.
First of all, let’s have a look at 3 basic ingredients you’ll need. These are the ones with the cleaning properties that will form the basis of your all new natural cleaning arsenal. They have different uses, but what they all have in common is that they are non-toxic and are kinder to you and the environment.
The acid in vinegar makes it a powerful and highly effective natural cleaner. A word of caution though, it’s this acid that makes it unsuitable for certain surfaces, such as natural stone worktops.
As well as smelling lovely and fresh, lemon is a versatile anti-bacterial ingredient to have around the home, either to use on its own or to add to a homemade cleaning product. It’s a good odour neutraliser too.
Baking soda is great because it’s not abrasive, so you can mix it with water and use it on a multitude of surfaces. It’s a natural deodoriser and water softener.
Next up, let’s look at a couple of household cleaning staples you can make using these 3 basic ingredients :
Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
What you’ll need ...
Lemon (or any citrus) peels
1 large jar (around 2 litres) with lid Spray bottle
You need to fill the jar half full with citrus peels, which can take a long time if you do it as you go, so it might be a good excuse to bake some lemony things so you get the peels more quickly.
Fill half the jar with peels
Add white vinegar and fill to the top
Put the lid on
Store in a dark place for at least 2 weeks Sieve the liquid into a big bowl
Pour into a spray bottle
And there you have it! Easy, cheap and kind to your skin and the environment. You can use this cleaner for most jobs around the kitchen and it smells lovely.
What you’ll need ...
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 cup of hot (not boiling) water Clean, empty spray bottle
This really couldn’t be simpler. Just follow these easy as pie instructions and voila! You have natural, chemical free glass and window cleaner, for a fraction of the price of a chemical laden shop bought one.
Mix the vinegar and lemon juice together in the spray bottle. Shake well. Carefully pour the cup of hot water into the mix.
Add the nozzle and shake again so that the ingredients are mixed well.
One of the best things about homemade cleaning products is how easy they are to make. Many of us are sensitive to chemicals or prefer not to have too many of them in the home. This is a great alternative and you get quite a sense of satisfaction, knowing you made them
yourself. If you’re concerned about harsh chemicals, and need to remove paint, oil or tough substances from your hands, try the EasyClean glove, which does the job without the need for chemicals. It’s really versatile too and a handy weapon to have in your chemical-free cleaning arsenal.