Let’s face it, cleaning products can be expensive. And although they might smell great and are super convenient, some often contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.
So, whether you’re looking to save pounds, help the environment, or you’ve simply realised you’re missing a crucial product, we’ve put together some handy DIY cleaning products to keep your home fresh and sparkling.
DIY Cleaner – Basic Ingredients
If you’re starting to build a DIY green cleaners tool box, the following are the top ingredients you’ll want to have around.
- Baking soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
- Lemon juice: disinfects and whitens
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Essential oils, e.g. tea tree oil, lavender oil: helps freshen air and diffuses unwanted odours
- Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels
- White vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
- Olive or vegetable oil: lifts dirt
You can use this cleaner for everything — from streak-free mirrors to wiping out the fridge. For easy access, keep it pre-mixed in a reused spray bottle.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, non-toxic and readily available. It’s key to this spray as it’s a nearly odourless liquid that has stronger capabilities than vinegar and works like bleach, but without any harmful health or environmental effects. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and add a citrus scent, whilst water helps dilute the mixture.
TUB AND TILE CLEANER
This easy mixture will keep your bathroom’s tub and tiles glistening. In a jar or spray bottle, simple combine:
- 1 2/3 cup baking soda
- ½ cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
- ½ cup of water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
Shake well before using, and apply with a cloth or sponge. Ensure to rinse thoroughly.
It’s so important to keep your floors clean, whether it’s in the office or at home. But sometimes it can be tricky to know what to use to keep them clean. Simply add the following to a gallon of warm water and watch those floors shine!
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- A small squeeze of castile soap
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)
This mix will not only work effectively but will smell fresh and uplifting. A bonus? Tea tree oil is considered to be antiseptic and antibacterial.
STAINLESS STEEL SINKS
A fresher-smelling stainless steel kitchen sink is easy to achieve if you use the following products.
- Baking soda
- Soft-bristled toothbrush
- Paper towels
- White vinegar
Wet the sink, and sprinkle baking soda over the surface. Scrub thoroughly, and then rinse. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and the same paste on the rim. Line the sink with paper towels that you’ve soaked in white vinegar. Leave them there for 20 minutes.
What are your favourite DIY cleaning products? Let us know!