A clean home is a happy home – so the motto goes. Let’ face it, nothing beats coming home at the end of a long day to a sparkling kitchen, crisp clean sheets, and a clutter-free space for kicking back on the sofa. Keeping your home clean can be a challenge and in an era where we are becoming more and more aware of the dangers posed by everyday products, it makes sense to be a little wary of that glut of store-bought supplies under your sink. To help you keep your home spic and span and chemical-free, here’s our guide to natural cleaning products to keep your home clean and green…
A Swift Multi-Purpose Spray
Spritz down your worksurfaces and get those mirrors crystal clear with this simple fuss-free multi-spray. A super-easy way to make your own homemade cleaning products, fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. If you find the scent of vinegar a little too strong, then you can add a few drops of essential oil or squeeze in some fresh lemon to lighten the load. This spray can complete almost all cleaning jobs as vinegar cuts right through grime and bacteria.
Bicarb Soda As a Secret Weapon
Not just for making cookies fatten up in the oven, Bicarbonate Soda is a secret weapon when it comes to keeping the home naturally clean and being an amazing organic cleaning product. Not only does bicarb have amazing powers when it comes to absorbing difficult smells, but it can also work as an abrasive cleaner for stubborn bathroom stains, and it is incredible at unblocking drains. Time to say farewell to the bleach and welcome bicarbonate soda into town.
Olive Oil to Polish
Throw out your can of heady furniture polish and say hi to a simple setup of olive oil and lemon. A dab of olive oil on any wooden furniture will bring out a beautiful natural shine that puts even the strongest polish to shame. If you want to weave in that bright polished scent, then squeeze just one quart of lemon into each cup of olive oil, pull out a rag, and get gently dabbing – a little at a time.
Non-toxic and beautifully biodegradable, Castille Soap is something everyone should discover. Castille Soap is one of those amazing all-rounders that can be used in a multitude of scenarios, from scrubbing out sinks and ovens to making floors sparkle, and even being used in the place of your normal laundry detergent.
Tea Tree Oil for Mould
If you have a damp problem going on and keep finding mould and mildew spores popping up around the home, then you need to rush out and invest in some tea tree oil. Make a simple mixture of vinegar and tea tree oil (just a few drops), spray onto the problem zone and leave for a little while to settle in. The tea tree oil should have the power to overcome the spores, curing the problem without the need for heavier chemicals.
Freshen the Air
Rather than turn to synthetic air fresheners, consider instead opting for sweet-scented candles or even making your own room spritz. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and add ten drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender always makes a harmonious choice for the home, but if you want something fresh and zesty you could opt for pink grapefruit to bring in a sense of summer. You can also spray this onto fabrics – such as your sofa, cushions, bedding, and even onto your carpet when you feel like things need a good freshen up.
Which natural cleaning products do you use? Share with us in the comments.