For the longest time, we’ve relied on chemical cleaning products that are not only damaging to the environment but burning a hole through our pockets, too! If you can relate to this, you’ll be happy to know that the eco-friendly alternatives just might lie in your own home!
Natural homemade cleaners are incredibly easy to concoct and very effective in household cleaning if you get the ratios right, of course. Well, that’s what CleaningBest is here to help you with! Read on to find out how to make effective eco-safe home cleaners to clean up just about any surface or area of your home.
When a surface needs something more than a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and grime, a multi-purpose cleaner is your best bet!
How to make and use natural all-purpose cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and the juice of 1 lemon.
Pour it into a spray bottle with multiple settings including a mist and stream setting.
Shake the bottle well before every use.
Spray the all-purpose cleaner directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Store the remaining cleaner left in the bottle in a cool and dark place such as a cabinet.
If you thought only chemical-based glass cleaning products were effective, this eco-friendly homemade glass cleaner will prove you wrong!
How to make and use a non-toxic glass cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of isopropyl alcohol (70%), and ½ cup of white vinegar.
For a pleasant fragrance, consider adding ¼ teaspoon of essential oil, and stir the mixture well.
Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake well.
Before you use your homemade glass cleaner, make sure to wipe the surface to remove dust and loose debris for better results.
Stubborn grease can be really messy to clean up, especially if you aren’t using a degreaser. Fortunately, there are some eco-friendly ingredients that can cut through grease to speed up and simplify the cleaning process.
How to make and use a natural degreaser:
Combine 2 cups of warm-hot water, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Stir the mixture and pour it into a spray bottle.
Soak the greasy area with the cleaning solution and leave it for 2 minutes.
Take a clean, damp microfibre cloth and wipe up the grease.
If needed, spray the grease stains again (to soak them) and wipe immediately.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This organic cleaning solution will not only remove stains and grime, it will also deodorise your toilet bowl!
How to make and use a natural toilet bowl cleaner:
Combine 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup castile soap, ½ cup baking soda, and 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil. Stir well.
Pour the cleaner all around the interior of the toilet bowl, and leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Spray over the bowl interior with hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a toilet brush.
Rinse and flush the toilet once the stains and grime have been scrubbed away.
When it comes to cleaning your floor, you need something that will remove stains, smell good, and make the floor shine again; that’s exactly what we have for you!
How to make and use a non-toxic floor cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of warm water, ¼ cup of isopropyl alcohol (70%), ½ white vinegar, ¼ cup castile soap, and 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil for fragrance.
Pour the solution into a squirt bottle.
Shake well before every use.
Squeeze some of the cleaning solution onto the floor (one section at a time), and clean with a damp mop.
Drain Cleaner (for clogged drain)
Got a clogged and smelly drain? Say no more because this natural drain cleaner will blow you away!
What you’ll need to clean your drain naturally:
1 litre of boiling hot water
1-2 cups of white vinegar
½ cup of baking soda
To unclog and deodorise your drain, sprinkle the baking soda over the drain first, and then pour the vinegar down the drain. Allow the ingredients to react for a few minutes before pouring the hot water down the drain. Just like that, your drain will be unclogged and smelling great again!
Don’t let those harsh chemical cleaners lined up on shelves at the department store take over your house too! Do yourself and the environment a favour by switching to these effective, non-toxic homemade cleaners!