A tidy house is a tidy mind, right? Even if you’re not the kind of person that likes to keep their house spick and span, there’s always going to come a time when you have to finally give in and get the duster out. Of course, there are other people out there who can’t wait to see their surfaces gleaming and their brass shining – and they have all of the tools to go with it. If you’re living an eco-friendly lifestyle, however, you may shy away from the chemicals and the products that you find in the supermarkets because they just don’t float your boat. Just as well that you can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products at home, isn’t it?!
The stain remover
Whether you have stains on your carpet, your walls, or your clothes, you’ll know that they can be a real hassle. Washing them with normal eco-friendly detergent normally makes them a little less visible, but most people’s trained eagle-eyes can still see it – and nobody wants that.
One of the best natural stain removers can be made using just a few ingredients, including baking soda, white vinegar, and water. All you have to do is cover the stain with baking soda to begin with, and then fill half of a spray bottle with vinegar and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray the solution over the stain, and let it work its magic for around three hours. Then, simply wipe away.
The ultimate all-purpose cleaner
If you want an eco-friendly cleaning product that will do everything, then you definitely need this all-purpose cleaner in your life. There’s no need to head to the store to pick up nasty chemicals because everything you could possibly need to bring this cleaner to life is probably already in your kitchen.
For this cleaning recipe you’ll need; one part white vinegar, one part water, the rind of a lemon, and a few rosemary sprigs. If you can, try and infuse this whole solution in a spray bottle for a week before using, as this will make it even more effective in cleaning everything from your kitchen worktops to the sticky smudges on your walls.
The glass cleaner
There’s nothing more irritating than trying to look out of your window to see smudgy finger marks, bird doo-doo, or watermarks from the last time you attempted to clean them. What you might not realise is that one of the best glass cleaners you can make is totally eco-friendly, which means that you can stay away from the unnatural products on offer in the shop. To make this cleaning solution, simply mix two cups of water with ½ cup of white or cider vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration is best), and then an essential oil of your choice to make it smell delicious. Then, spray it onto the windows and wipe down with a soft cloth.
Sometimes you don’t need to make a full solution of cleaning products to clean the little niggles you have in your house, so why not make some disinfectant wipes instead? You can use these around your house or even to disinfect your own hands – and they’re pretty easy to make. The best thing about this cleaning recipe is the fact that you can cater them to your own tastes by adding the essential oil you love the smell of most into the mix.
When you’ve chosen, you’ll then need to dig out a cup of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, 8 drops of tea tree oil, 8 drops of eucalyptus oil, 8 drops of lemon oil, and empty container, and 15-20 squares of cloth, which can be made from dish rags, old T-shirts, or other old material. All you have to do is pour the solution over the cloth, and voila!
If you’re tired of smelling the nasty scent of chemicals and want to embrace a more eco-friendly and natural lifestyle, then your cleaning doesn’t have to suffer. These eco-friendly cleaning products can be made at home, and they’re super easy to perfect.