Making Your Own Eco Friendly Cleaning Products
Green Cleaning Products
Making your own eco-friendly cleaning products can be a great way to reduce waste, reduce the number of toxic chemicals in your home, improve your families health and the health of the planet and save a few pennies along the way.
Take a look online and you will find lots of options for homemade cleaning products that will deal with everything from watermarked shower screens to neglected ovens. All you really need to know is which ingredients are best for dealing with which issues and you can make natural cleaning products that are inexpensive and effective, plus safe for you and your family.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives
Here are some of our favourite natural cleaning alternatives that are easy to make and use and offer a great way to reduce the number of commercial cleaning products you have in your home.
Window and Glass Cleaner
Next time you run out of window and glass cleaner instead of buying a new bottle use the spray bottle you already have and dilute two tablespoons of vinegar with two cups of water. You can add a few drops of essential oil as well if you like to make the mixture smell good. But don’t worry about the scent as this will dissipate as the vinegar dries.
For a streak-free shine the very best thing to use is scrunched up newspaper, although if you don’t have a newspaper handy then any lint-free cloth will do the trick. And now you have a really natural product you can even get the kids to help you clean. It’s surprising how much kids enjoy window cleaning, especially if there’s a reward at the end of it.
Easy Oven Cleaner
This easy oven cleaner is so simple to make and use that oven cleaning will no longer be a chore you have to build yourself up to. Simply mix 1 part water to two parts bicarbonate of soda, or enough so that it forms a paste, and add a good squirt of liquid castile soap or washing up liquid. Apply to your oven, leave for 15-30 minutes and wipe away with a cloth or sponge.
The bicarbonate of soda is gently abrasive and great for getting rid of any odour. Plus it is alkaline meaning it is great for breaking down fatty and oily deposits. Bleach and Hydrogen peroxide are both alkaline so bicarbonate of soda acts as a gentler alternative to many applications you might normally have used bleach for, including your laundry.
Getting Rid Of Limescale
To get rid of limescale you need something acidic. We might think of acids as harmful, but vinegar and lemon juice are both natural acids that are great at dealing with limescale and keeping showers and other surfaces sparkling.
Dilute white vinegar with the same amount of water and spray daily to keep your tiles and shower screens residue-free. You can also use vinegar to descale your kettle and stop limescale build-up in your washing machine.
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