In today’s increasingly busy and polluted world, green cleaning products are revolutionising the way people care for their homes and embrace a greener lifestyle. What’s more, they’re often doing this using their own recipes, from products they have around the home.
Indoor pollution is a very real, and very potent problem in homes throughout the world today. There are a whole range of contributing factors to this, from dust and dirt to smoke and mould. However, there’s an even more threatening toxin in so many of our homes, which many people don’t even realise is a problem.
Chemicals from toxic cleaning products.
These threaten the quality of our homes, leading to potentially adverse effects on our health and wellbeing. Thankfully, there’s an alternative. Homemade cleaning products made from natural ingredients are a fantastic way to care for your home without spreading harmful chemicals everywhere. An added bonus is that making your own products saves a lot of money as well!
Here are 4 simple recipes for DIY cleaning products that you can easily make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!
#1: Surface cleaner
Perfect for an all-purpose role in your home, to clean and disinfect almost any surface. From kitchen countertops, to bathroom benches, this cleaner has you covered.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (optional)
- 15 drops lavender / peppermint / citrus essential oil
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake gently to mix. If you include the lemon juice, it should be stored in the fridge.
Above: A refillable spray glass bottle like this one by Kuishi Home is a stylish and plastic-free container for your self made cleaning product
#2: Toilet cleaner
Achieve optimal cleanliness without the use of harsh chemicals. Fragrant (in a good way!) and effective, you’ll be surprised at how effective this mix is.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 15-30 drops essential oil
Add the liquid ingredients to a spray bottle, then add the baking soda. Shake well to combine.
Above: Go waste-free and use a wooden toilet brush instead of a plastic one
#3: Glass cleaner
Give your windows and other glass surfaces a streak-free shine. This glass cleaner is a winner and lasts for ages as well.
- 2 cups distilled water water
- 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (apple cider vinegar will also work)
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 10 drops essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Use with a microfiber cloth for a spotless clean.
#4: Laundry powder
Extend the life of your fabrics by using this all-natural laundry powder recipe. Gentle on your clothing and your skin, this is a much better alternative to the chemical-packed laundry liquids found on supermarket shelves.
- 700 grams of grated soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- A few drops of essential oil
Blend all the ingredients together until you have a fine powder. Pour the mix into a container that has an air-tight seal.
Above: Add these eco-friendly and adorable wool tumble dryer balls to your laundry for more natural softness and 30-50% less drying time
If you haven’t already embarked on a greener lifestyle, try these DIY cleaning products and see what a difference they can make, to both your home and your cleaning regime. Rest assured that you’re maintaining a toxin-free home for yourself and your family. You won’t be disappointed!