More people are looking to find greener, eco-friendly alternatives to commercial cleaners to achieve the same clean results that are effective and leave a pleasant smell.
Natural cleaners and green cleaning products are materials and methods to clean your house to provide a safer and more environmentally friendly space. These cleaners are less toxic than many commercial cleaners, and a lot less costly. You don’t have to walk down a cleaning aisle to find your best options for cleaning your home—just open your pantry. Vinegar, lemons, baking soda, and other natural cleaners do a fabulous job of cleaning, disinfecting, removing stains, and more.
A good natural cleaning kit includes a few following items: –
1. Baking soda
A cheap box of baking soda can effectively clean your entire home. It’s extremely versatile and can be used as a mild abrasive, scouring agent and deodorizer to dissolve dirt, tackle odours and cut through grime. The minerals in this slightly alkaline powder help to dissolve proteins and neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water.
Baking soda works well as an all-purpose surface cleaner. When partnered with other household liquids, it becomes a high-powered potion that breaks through greasy residue, polishes metal, and unclogs drains. A magic power that you cannot do without when it comes to cleaning.
Borax disinfects, deodorizes, softens water, and removes stains. Borax is a soft, white, many-sided crystal that dissolves readily in water.
Borax does not cause cancer, nor does it accumulate in the body or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment, but it is perfectly safe as long as you plan to handle it with the same care that you would use with any other household cleaning product (including keeping it away from children, using it in a well-ventilated space, wearing gloves, etc.)
3. White vinegar
Vinegar is another excellent all-purpose cleaner with the incredible ability to cut through grease.
It is an excellent cleaner because it’s acidic, which helps it to cut through tough grease, grime, and mineral deposits. But vinegar’s acidity can also damage certain surfaces, so it’s important to know which ones to avoid, e.g., granite, marble, and soapstone countertops.
An easy way to create the cleaning solution is to mix vinegar with equal parts of water in a spray bottle for glass, mirrors, and windows. Use this solution on wood floors and plastic waste containers to disinfect and deodorize. You can also apply it to the showerhead and other faucets in your bathroom to help you remove that stubborn mold.
4. Castile soap
Castile soap is an amazingly versatile vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. This natural, non-toxic, biodegradable soap is available in bar or liquid form. Castile soap is useful on slick oven hoods, greasy pots and pans, and hard-to-clean oil spills. Use this versatile cleaning agent on nearly every surface in any room of your home.
5. Washing soda
Washing soda should not be confused with baking soda, although the two compounds are closely related.
Washing soda is a caustic base (able to burn, destroy, or damage organic tissue slowly by chemical action). It is not edible, should not be inhaled. Gloves should always be worn when cleaning with washing soda. Washing soda is more alkaline with a pH of 11. Use on sturdy surfaces or fabrics that are easy to rise, such as bathtub, shower door, etc.
Baking soda is a mild base that is commonly used as a leavening agent to raise baked goods. It is edible but should not be inhaled and can irritate eyes. Baking soda has a more neutral pH of 8. Use on sturdy surfaces that are hard to rinse, i.e., oven floor or floor grout, delicate surfaces that can be scratched, i.e., natural stone counters, areas used by children and pets, i.e., carpet, pet beds and food preparation surfaces, i.e., kitchen sink, cutting board.
5. Essential oils
Essential oils contain powerful antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that make them remarkably effective at household cleaning. Many essential oils have deodorizing, disinfecting, and natural cleaning properties. Mixed with eco-friendly cleaners, these oils give the home a pleasant aroma and a clean appearance.
Here are just a few great essential oils that make effective homemade cleaners: –
Lemon is not only antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial but also great at cutting through grease and grime.
Tea tree can be used in all sorts of applications, and it’s antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal.
Lavender fights against viruses, bacteria, and fungus while imparting the loveliest of smells. Because lavender oil can also disinfect, lavender, when combines with water, can be used as a cleaner for questionable surfaces
Peppermint is revitalizing and stimulating, and often use if you need to get some aggressive cleaning done. Peppermint’s cleaning power is due to its antiseptic properties, and it repels bugs such as ants, spiders, and cockroaches, too.
Eucalyptus is not only smelled clean, but it is also anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and a deodorizer. Despite its strong ability to clean, eucalyptus oil is surprisingly gentle and is suitable for almost all household surfaces, including benchtops, sinks, tiles, porcelain, mirrors, glass, hard surface floors, and carpet.
DIY cleaners as part of a smart way to clean your house in a safe, non-toxic way. Not only will your house will smell refreshing, but you can also feel good that you are creating a safer, greener environment around you.
Try by making some of your own green cleaning products, such as aromatherapy cleanser, with eco-friendly green cleaning ingredients as mentioned above. Get a copy of the Natural Home Green Cleaning Recipe Kit, you will not only save money and time shopping but can also customize products to suit your needs.
In this kit, you will learn how to make your own natural cleaning recipes such as:
– Shopping List
– Recipes for Kitchen
– Recipes for Bathroom
– Recipes for Laundry
– Recipes for Living Area/Bedroom
Knowing how to make natural household cleaners using kitchen ingredients, you can share with your friends, family, and neighbours. One of the best ways is you can run a make and take class or party!
Make some fun DIY projects, and show your friends and neighbours how they can use home ingredients with essential oils to effectively clean their house!
Feeling planning and organizing is too much a chore? Searching and identifying recipes, shopping for supplies make you feel overwhelming? You can get a copy of our Yoga Make and Take Party Printable Pack, this printable pack makes having a Make & Take party a whole lot easier for you!
The printable pack includes:-
– Party Host Notes including invitation templates, timeline, and checklists
– Complete Shopping List
– Recipe Notes
– Guest Recipe Cards
– Printable Recipe Notes (for guests to bring home)
– Notes on Each Essential Oil (for guests to bring home)
– Printable Labels (to attach to finished products that attendees will bring home)
For purchase, once you placed order for the printable pack, you will automatically receive a download link.
You will need to save the file to your computer. You will need to print out some pages to use at your party, handout to your guests while others you can just reference.
Lastly, there are some party supplies like special bottles and containers, carrier oils, and labels that you will need to order for everything to go off smoothly. A shopping list with Amazon links is included in the printable pack may contain affiliate link, meaning I get a little commission if you decide to make a purchase through my link, at no cost to you.
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