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This is my introduction to natural cleaning. Here you will find some basic ingredients, essential equipment and some things to remember to get started. Plus my recipe for a multi-purpose cleaner.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to make small changes to your cleaning routine in order to be more sustainable, natural and eco-friendly.
I would always recommend researching for yourself and trying new things when it comes to making your own cleaning products. That being said, there is a lot of information out there and it can be confusing. Hopefully, this post will be a bit of a starting block if you are looking to get started with natural cleaning.
where do you start with Natural Cleaning?
When I talk about natural cleaning, I mean using naturally sourced and non-toxic products as well as making sure they are biodegradable and plastic-free. I am referring to the product itself as well as the packaging it comes in. Let’s not forget that not only do we inhale the fumes from the chemicals we use but we also put them down the drain and throw away the leftovers.
Making some of your own cleaning products can be a satisfying way of reducing your impact on the environment. You can start with a few everyday products such as my multi-purpose cleaner at the end of this post.
Some essential ingredients
- White Vinegar – A bit of a cleaning powerhouse and a mild disinfectant. Vinegar can be used on the majority of surfaces. Do not use it on natural stone as it will degrade it.
- Citric Acid – can be used as a substitute for vinegar
- Soda Crystals – very useful for cleaning the washing machine (just place a cupful in an empty machine and run a hot wash) or down the drain (another cupful down the sink followed by some boiling water)
- Bicarbonate of Soda – a natural scrub. Bicarb can be added to dish soap or plan water to create a basic cream cleaner.
- Dish soap or Castille Soap – both natural degreasers. Be sure to select a vegetable-based soap. Never mix Castille Soap with white vinegar.
- Essential Oils – use these to help make your cleaners smell amazing (especially where vinegar is involved and to boost cleaning power. I love lavender, peppermint, lemon and tea tree (or try combinations).
Some essential equipment
- Spray bottles – I would always advocate buying glass ones here but, if you can’t get hold of them, reuse your plastic ones from household cleaning products. Just be sure to wash them out thoroughly before reusing.
- Funnel – helps with filling your bottles
- Labels – most of your cleaners will be clear in colour. Make sure you label up your concoctions
- Jars – reuse your jam jars or invest in some kilner-style ones.
My All Purpose Cleaner REceipe
You will need:
300ml Distilled Water (or boiled and left to cool)
150 ml White Vinegar
A Squirt of Dish Soap (not Castille Soap)
10 drops of essential oil (I like lavender but you can use any)
Combine all the ingredients above into a glass spray bottle. Use a funnel to help you. This is a great cleaner for most surfaces.
For extra disinfecting power, substitute 75ml of the vinegar with 75ml rubbing alcohol (white spirit). Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Essential Oils also help.