This year, I am on a cleaning mission to convert to all natural cleaning products for my home. I started this process last year when I was cleaning the house for our Christmas party and I was testing out different window/glass cleaners. Since then, I've been doing further research into all-natural homemade cleaners, and thought I'd share the first lot of recipes with you today, as I've had great success with them.
One big reason for my conversion to all-natural cleaning products was definitely to save money, but I also didn't want to be using a lot of nasty chemicals around the home, particularly now we have children. Green cleaning is an interesting topic to look into - I recommend the following articles: Wellness Mama, Living Well Spending Less, and IHeart Organizing. From researching and trialling different formulas, I came up with some recipes that work for me.
Here are the supplies I started with - pure lemon castile soap, eucalyptus oil (lemon oil would also work well), Velvet bar soap, bi-carb, powdered Borax, dishwashing liquid, washing soda and microfibre cloths. Most of these were purchased at the supermarket, except for the castile soap and eucalyptus oil which I found at a health food store. The only other ingredient not shown here that I used to make up the recipes was vinegar.
I have been hoarding old cleaning bottles for a few months to hold my new homemade cleaners (these ones are from Method), so I just gave them a good rinse and removed the sticky label residue by rubbing it with vegetable oil.
I was excited to find this handy pack of cloths at Woolworths supermarket, as it will help me remember which cloth needs to be used for which cleaning job. I have a stash of general microfibres that I keep in the laundry.
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The first thing I tried was the stainless steel cloth...riveting pictures to follow! Here's the dirty fridge:
A quick spray with water and a gentle rub with the microfibre...
And a sparkling clean result! No product required except water is a tick in my books.
The glass cleaning mixture was a simple recipe of 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 tsp dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water. A few squirts of this paired with the glass microfibre cloth and a second dry cloth were fantastic for cleaning all of our mirrors and the interior windows.
I have been using the following recipe for an all purpose cleaner for 3 months now and love it. I had never heard of castile soap before, but it really is a wonder product. You can use it as a body or hand wash, a household cleaner, to wash fruit and vegetables, or to clean the oven. The recipe I use for an all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom (recipe found here) is 1 cup water, 1 tbsp castile soap and 10 drops of essential oil. It has a lovely fresh smell and cleans beautifully. I love that is completely natural so I don't have to worry about inhaling nasty fumes when cleaning.
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I find it cleans our wooden kitchen table really well, as well as the laminate bench tops, bathroom sink, shower and bath.
I'll be back next week with a few more recipes including all-natural laundry detergent, stain removal and oven cleaner. I've had fantastic results with them all so far, especially the laundry detergent!
Have you ever thought about going all-natural with cleaning products? Or are you already a convert? I'd love to hear anymore recipe suggestions.