Did you know that nature has everything to offer including stuff like cleaning supplies? Well, there are so many different types of cleaning agents that you can make at home, which can make your surfaces sparkle and shine line never before, apart from just disinfecting them.
Here are 12 natural homemade cleaner recipes to try:
1. Floor cleaner
Take a huge bucket and pour in a gallon of warm water, along with ½ a cup of white vinegar, 1 tsp of natural dish soap and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Then, dip your hand mop into this mixture (mix it up a little), wring out the excess water and use this water to mop your hardwood flooring, once or twice a week.
2. Mold/Mildew Cleaner
Into a mug or container, add in 2 cups of water, along with 2 teaspoons of tea-tree oil. Give it a mix and transfer into a spray bottle for use. Spray the areas with mold or mildew generously and leave it to rest for 24 hours.
Thereafter, into a bowl, add in ¼ cup baking soda and mix it along with the same spray solution to form a paste and apply this over the mold/mildew infected area and use an old toothbrush to scrub out the mold/mildew and then wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of the mold/mildew.
3. Multi-purpose cleaner
Apart from glass surfaces, you can use this cleaner to clean any surfaces. You will need to mix together ¾ cup of water along with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Mix well and transfer the contents into a spray bottle and use this to spray onto any surfaces and wipe it clean with a damp towel or cloth.
4. Sink cleaner
Into a bowl, add in 2 cups of baking soda, 10 drops of clove essential oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 tbsp of castile soap liquid and give it a mix. Store this mixture in an airtight container and sprinkle this mixture al over your sink whenever required and scrub using a scrubber and rinse off with plain water.
5. Laundry detergent
Bring 4 cups of filtered water to a boil and add 1 cup salt to the boiling water. Mix well until the salt is completely dissolved. Add 1.5 cups of baking soda to the water along with 1 cup of Sal Suds or castile soap. Add in 1 tsp of lemon essential oil to the mixture. Mix really well and add in 16 cups of filtered water to it and pour everything into a large container. Use 1/4 cup of this detergent for your laundry and in the fabric softener compartment use distilled vinegar for a natural fabric softener.
6. Kitchen cleaner
For heavy-duty kitchen cleaning, you can mix together ¼ cup of dishwashing soap liquid (preferably one made from natura ingredients), along with 1 teaspoon of water, a few drops of clove essential oil and ¼ of a cup of baking soda, in a bowl. Give it a mix and apply this on kitchen surfaces using a rough sponge and then scrub. Lastly, wipe it dry using a damp kitchen towel or cloth.
7. Dish washer Pods
Mix 1 cup super washing soda, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup table salt, 1 teaspoon dish soap, 10 drops each lemon essential oil. In a spray bottle add in some water and spray it on the mixture until the consistency of wet sand and it naturally starts to clump.
Press the mixture into silicon molds or ice cube tray and set aside to dry dry for at least 24 hours. Remove from the mold and store the pods in a container.
To use, place 1-2 dishwasher pods in the detergent compartment and run your dishwasher as usual.
8. Shower area cleaner
Into a bowl (make sure its microwave safe), add in a cup of water along with ¼ of a cup of baking soda, give it a mix and heat up this mixture in the microwave for half a minute.
Note: If you do not have a microwave, you can use warm/hot water, instead of regular water in this recipe.
Use this mixture to apply all over your shower surfaces and leave it to rest for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean using a microfibre towel or microfibre cloth.
9. Disinfectant cleaner
Into a spray bottle, add in ½ cup of vinegar, 1½ cups of water, 1 tsp of olive oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Give it a mix and spray it all over your surfaces and leave it on for 10 minutes and thereafter, wipe off with a clean microfiber towel or microfiber cloth.
10. Glass cleaner
Mix into a spray bottle 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil or any essential oil of your choice and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Shake it well, apply onto a microfiber towel or any other towel or cloth and wipe it all over your glass surfaces and leave it to air dry. There is no need to clean it again thereafter.
11. Degreasing cleaner
Apart from wooden surfaces, you can use this cleaner to clean any surfaces. You will need to mix together 2 cups of water along with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and ½ a teaspoon of castile soap liquid. Mix well and transfer the contents into a spray bottle and use this to spray onto any surfaces and wipe it clean with a damp microfiber towel or microfiber cloth.
12. Toilet cleaner
Mix baking soda 1 cup with 1/2 cup of critic acid, add 1-2 tsp of castile soap, few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil and mix everything together. Press the mixture into an ice cube tray or silicon tray and and allow to sit out and harden for a few hours. Transfer to a jar or an airtight container. Drop one pod in your toilet bowl, allow it to frizz and then flush.
In a spray bottle, add hydrogen peroxide and spray it all over the toiler seat and toilet cover, Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit for a few minutes before flushing to disinfect and clean any stains.