Homemade Household Cleaners

5 quick and easy green homemade cleaning product’s

Homemade cleaning products

Clean up or you’re out

IMAGE: MICHAEL DOLAN

Today I’m going to look at a different kind of a recipe. Though they might not hurt you, you probably won’t want to be having any of these homemade household cleaners for dinner!  

There are lots of reasons to start making your own homemade all natural cleaning products. It might be time to declutter your kitchen/ bathroom and general cupboards. Taking a quick look through our cleaning cupboards you’d see a plethora of different bottles, lotions and potions for every type of surface in the house, there can’t be that many different things we need to clean right? And how come they all need a different formula to clean them, surely clean is clean?

Maybe you want to save a little money on the weekly shop? Even with a good branch of Morrisons over the road which always has decent offers on and having plenty of local greengrocers near by we’ve still seen the price of the weekly shop go up in the past year. Making your own cleaning products is one way of lowering that bill just a little.

Or it could be you have someone with allergies in the house? Typical cleaning products used day-in day-out for years can lead to people developing an allergic reaction to them. Webmd’s US version  has a good article on this which you can take a look at. Allergies can range from becoming bunged up with a stuffed nose to headaches and, if you have a bad reaction, contact dermatitis, which is quite unpleasant to deal with..

When we first moved in to the flat we always used Ecover cleaning products, and we still do from time to time. They don’t contain a lot of the stronger chemicals that other brands can do and they are much better for the environment carying about how the product is made/ used and disposed of. But after a while of using just about any cleaning spray or surface cleaner we found that they would start setting off Hana’s allergies. So I got online and started searching for cleaning recipes and products which were allergy free.

Homemade cleaning solutions

Some of what you’ll need to make these quick and green cleaning products. Photo: Russell Bowes

I found a lot of websites, blogs and articles with natural remedies you could buy online (though I’m always skeptical of these) and recipes for making your own cleaning products at home. I decided this was the way I’d like to go as we’d know exactly what was in the cleaning solutions. I put a shopping list together and headed to the shops. We’ve been using these recipes for going on a year or so now so I can vouch for the fact they really do work. Having questioned earlier do you need different products for different rooms, the answer is yes you do, even if you make it all yourself. Thankfully you can just make what you need that day so you don’t need as much lying around the rest of the time.


Shopping list for cheap and green homemade cleaning products

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Fresh Lemons / lemon juice at a push
  • Ecover dish liquid
  • Essential oils, pick your favourite scent
  • Salt

Other things you’ll need:

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths, I recommend Spontex cloths as they are machine washable, long lasting and multipurpose.
  • Sponge scouring pads
  • Dishes/ containers to make the cleaning solutions in and to use them from.
  • Optional: spray bottle for surface cleaners

How to put them together: 5 simple cleaning recipes

Homemade General Purpose cleaner

Homemade General Purpose cleaner. Photo: Russell Bowes

1. General purpose cleaner:

1 part white vinegar
9 parts warm water
Juice of ½ lemon

This one costs almost nothing to make and is a general cleaning solution for surfaces. You can use it on spills and that sort of thing, nothing too dirty. It works well cleaning glass and doesn’t leave any streaks. There is a little vinegary smell after so you might want to mix in a little essential oil or lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients together and apply to surface. Rinse with warm water and dry out.

2. Bathroom Cleaner:

1 part white vinegar
9 parts water
1 tbsp salt
Juice from half a lemon
¾ cup Baking soda

Mix the liquid ingredients together in a bowl. Add the baking soda to the dish you’ll use for the final solution. Pour in the liquid mix onto the baking soda, it should react and fizz up. Rinse well with water after cleaning then dry with a second cloth.

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

How to get a sparkling shower head

IMAGE: STEVEN DEPOLO

3. Glass Cleaner

1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups white vinegar
Juice of half a lemon

Mix everything together and add to a spray bottle. Spray on the glass and use a clean lint-free Spontex (or other Microfiber) cloth. Dry with a second cloth for a streak free finish.

Clean shower door

Clean shower door

IMAGE: JESSICA MERZ

4. Stainless Steel cleaner

2 tbsp baking soda
½ cup white vinegar
2 cups warm water

You can use this on kitchen sinks and  draining boards as well as taps and bathrooms fittings. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Once it has stopped fizzing spray on the desired surface and wipe down with a dry lint free cloth. Once dry buff with a second clean cloth or kitchen paper.

Stainless steel cleaner

Have a sparkling clean sink just like this one.

IMAGE: TABER ANDREW BAIN

5. Carpet cleaner

1 tsp Ecover dishwashing liquid
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 cup warm water
1 tsp baking soda

Take a clean spray bottle, add the dishwashing liquid, vinegar, water and finally baking soda. Pop the lid on quickly whilst the soda reacts with the rest of the liquid. Hoover the area of carpet you want to clean to remove surface dirt. Rub with the abrasive side of a sponge scouring pad. Spray the stain with the cleaner and dab with a towel to absorb the water and the stain too.

Homemade carpet cleaner

Shift even red wine stains

IMAGE GUNNAR GRIMNES


Recipe, text and photos By Russell Bowes

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Shout outs to other Homemade cleaning articles and blogs

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/03/13/green-thrifty-cleaning-products/

http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-carpet-cleaning-solution/

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Cleaning-Products-28901279

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