Cleaning without chemicals - recipes for natural cleaning products
We clean our homes regularly. But what most of us do not realize is that many of the common cleaning products contain toxic substances that contribute to chronic health problems and environmental pollution.
It is easy to stick with the same routine and thing you have been doing for years, but I want to encourage you to prepare own cleaning products so you can create a safe environment for you and your family and protect the nature.
Not everyone can afford the often more expensive ecological cleaning products. Luckily, many natural products that are easily obtainable are cheep and very effective. You will probably find all needed ingredients to create your own cleaning products in your kitchen cupboard. The basic products are:
lemon juice or citric acid
natural essential oils (optional)
In the right proportions, these products will fight against dust and pollution well and are harmless to your health and the environment.
RECIPES FOR UNIVERSAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
1. Dishwashing liquid:
Ingredients: 3 lemons, 1.5 cup pf water, 1 cup of fine salt, 1 cup of vinegar.
Preparation: Mix all ingredients. Cook in the pot for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the liquid thickens. Pour the still warm liquid into the glass bottle. Use like any other dishwashing liquid.
2. Window cleaning liquid:
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of vinegar, 2 L of warm water
Preparation: Mix vinegar with warm water. Pour into a spray bottle. Wipe windows, preferably with a newspaper (no smudges).
3. Carpet cleaning powder:
Ingredients: baking soda.
Preparation: Sprinkle baking soda evenly over the carpet, then use a dry cloth to rub it in with circular motions. Leave it on all night. Vacuum the carpet in the morning.
4. Furniture polish liquid:
Ingredients: 1 cup of olive oil, 0.5 cup of lemon juice.
Preparation: Mix olive oil with lemon juice and gently rub the mixture into the furniture. After that, wipe everything dry with a clean cloth.
5. Dust remover:
Ingredients: water, essential oil (optional).
Preparation: Soak a cloth in the water and gently wipe the furniture. You can add a few drops of essential oil to the water. Remember that cloths and sponges must be made of appropriate materials that absorb water well.
RECIPES FOR KITCHEN CLEANING PRODUCTS
1. Cleaning the oven
Ingredients: 1 cup of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of fine salt.
Preparation: Mix baking soda with salt and pour a little hot water over it until the mixture becomes pasty. Wash the surface of the oven gently with this agent and leave it for 15 minutes. Do not wash cables and heating elements! Wipe everything off with a wet cloth.
2. Descaling the kettle
Ingredients: 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar.
Preparation: Mix the water and vinegar and pour it into the kettle. Boil the mixture and pour it out after a few minutes. Remember to boil fresh water a few times to get rid of remaining vinegar. You can use citric acid instead of vinegar.
3. Removing unpleasant odours from the refrigerator
Ingredients: baking soda.
Preparation: Put 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda on the plate and put it in the fridge overnight. Remove the plate next morning.
RECIPES FOR BATHROOM CLEANING PRODUCTS
1. Cleaning mirrors
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 0.5 L of warm water.
Preparation: Mix vinegar with warm water and pour it all into a spray bottle. Spray the mirror and wipe it dry - the easiest way is to get the right paper towels.
2. Cleaning sink and bathtub
Ingredients: 0.5 cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Preparation: Combine baking soda with lemon juice. Apply this paste on dirty surfaces and then wipe it clean with a cloth.
3. Cleaning that toilet bowl
Ingredients: 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
Preparation: Pour baking soda into the toilet bowl and then sprinkle it with vinegar. Wait for 30 minutes, wipe with a toilet brush and rinse.
4. Cleaning tiles
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of vinegar, 0.5 L of water.
Preparation: Mix water with vinegar. Wipe with a sponge moistened in the solution.
5. Cleaning shower head:
Ingredients: 0.5 cup of vinegar, 1 L of boiling water.
Preparation: Combine boiling water with vinegar. Unscrew the shower head and put it in the solution for 15 minutes.
6. Unclogging a drain
Ingredients: ¼ cup of baking soda, 0.5 cup of vinegar, 2 L of hot water.
Preparation: Put baking soda down the drain and fill it with vinegar. After about 30 minutes, pour 2 L of hot water. If the problem persists, repeat the step.
Basically, almost every recipe is based on water, baking soda and vinegar, but depending on the purpose of use, we change the proportion of products. On the basis of these ingredients, you can wash practically everything. Remember that household cleaning products also have an expiration date. Products prepared according to the above recipes can be used for about 2-3 months. Then you just have to get rid of them. The problem can be avoided by preparing these products in smaller proportions than suggested here.