So, homemade cleaning products… I’m someone who likes to have a nice clean and tidy home.
Be rest assured my recipes have been tried and tested and have come up trumps against the chemical cleaners you can buy.
This surface cleaner works just as well as shop bought ones and I feel so much more comfortable spraying this around my home knowing what’s in there!
“But what’s wrong with using normal cleaners?!” I hear you say!
Firstly, there are soo many ingredients on the back of your many bottles of cleaners for every type of surface, room and material in your house that are just full of nasties and harsh chemicals.
There’s research to show they can have negative effects on your health. Including effecting the hormone levels in the home and being linked to an increased risk of cancer…
After looking investigating into this I decided to start making my own cleaning products. I’ve never looked back and haven’t bought a commercial cleaner since.
if you haven’t downloaded the Think Dirty app yet, it’ll open your mind to all the horrid chemicals that are in products we use every day… here’s the link for you start your own rabbit hole!
The amount of chemicals listed on the back of your cleaning products makes you think you need a Phd to be able to clean your home…
The truth is, you really do not need all of those ingredients and chemicals being spritzed around your home to make it clean.
Natural cleaning products are simple and rely on chemistry doing its thing to clean your home, rather than relying on a cocktail of chemicals to do the same job.
Once you know the basic natural ingredients and how they work, you’re half way there!
So, how do they work?
Making your own cleaning products is super simple once you know how and uses a only few staple ingredients that are really effective cleaners.
Here’s a list of the most commonly used natural cleaners you can use around the home:
It’s an acid that kills bacteria and other nastiest. It shouldn’t be used on some surfaces like marble and wood because of its acidic pH, but other than that it’s one of the most widely used natural cleaners.
The great thing about white vinegar is that is dries odourless! I promise you’re home won’t end up smelling like your local chippy!
It’s a plant based, concentrated, unscented soap which helps to add foam to cleaning products and also kills bacteria.
You can buy bottles of Castile soap in most hardware stores and also online that will last you ages.
If you don’t have any of this to hand, you can use washing up liquid instead, but try and stick with the natural stuff.
By distilling clean tap water (boiling and cooling again) you can remove almost all bacteria from the water.
This will help to keep your cleaning products fresher for longer and prevent them from going bad.
These add scents to the cleaning products, but also help aid the cleaning.
Here’s my list of the best essential oils to use when cleaning:
- Tea tree
What spray bottle can you use?
Buy good quality!
One of the products I use most regularly at home is surface cleaner.
This was the first product I wanted to swap for a natural alternative. I’ve found this cleaner to do a great job and am so happy I’ve made the swap!
So, here’s my recipe for a good all round surface cleaner. You can use it all over the home on virtually any surface!
Surface Cleaner Recipe
- 2 cups of distilled water (boiled then cooled down again)
- 3 tbsp of castile soap (or you can substitute for washing up liquid) Optional:
- 15 drops of essential oil
- 1/4 tsp of glycerine (mostly used in baking and is used to thicken the cleaner)
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle using a funnel.
Let me know if you tried making this surface cleaner and how you found it!