Guest article by Lorena Peláez Valdés from simplelifeorganizers.com
Tired of using a cleaning product for each room in the house and on each material or surface?
Save money and keep your home sparkling clean by using homemade cleaning products in all areas of the home from the kitchen to the bathroom. Not only are the cleaners simple to mix up, but there are no harsh chemicals so it’s natural!
Take Note of These 5 Base Ingredients:
1. BAKING SODA. It is used to clean, deodorize, soften water, dissolve dirt and grease, and eliminate odors, all without scratching surfaces.
2. LEMON JUICE. Not only will it remove fungi and mold, but it will help bleach and aromatize your clothes naturally.
3. NATURAL VEGETABLE SOAP. It can be glycerine, coconut, marseille, pills, liquid, or flakes. It is biodegradable and a multi-purpose cleaner.
4. WHITE VINEGAR. Kills the bacteria, and eliminates mold, odors, and stains.
5. ESSENTIAL OILS. They provide the final aromatic touch to your liking.
From these components, you can create as many natural cleaning products as you want:
1. MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER
Mix white vinegar and water equally, put it in a sprayer, and add a few drops of tea tree essential oil.
You can use it on metals, tiles or polished surfaces.
2. RELATIVE SOIL CLEANER
To clean terraces or ceramic floors, add 1 cup of white vinegar to 4 liters of water.
If you have parquet, dilute 1 tablespoon of potassium soap in 5 liters of water and then pass by with a dry mop.
3. GLASS CLEANER
Mix vinegar and water in equal parts, add salt, and then dry the surface with a white cotton cloth (a piece of an old sheet is perfect).
4. SCENTED SPRAY
In 1 liter of water boil 1 sliced lemon, vanilla, and 1 rosemary branch.
Once cold, strain and fill the sprayer for a refreshing and natural aroma.
5. APPLIANCE CLEANER
You can clean all these surfaces directly with hydrogen peroxide.
Spray and then clean with a cloth.
6. CUTTING BOARDS/SINK CLEANER
In this case use hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.
Spray first with hydrogen peroxide and then with vinegar.
7. OVEN CLEANER
The grease that adheres to the oven walls is really difficult to remove. Baking soda is a great alternative to conventional and often very toxic and aggressive cleaners.
Use ¾ cup baking soda and mix it with water to obtain a thick paste. Spread it on the oven walls, especially the lower levels. Leave the product on all night before wiping clean.
8. WOOD CLEANER
For your beloved furniture use 1 Tbsp of olive oil, lemon juice from 1 lemon, and 1 Tbsp of water. Shake the mixture and then spray it onto your furniture. To remove dust, use a microfiber cloth or moistened cotton.
9. CARPET STAIN REMOVAL
The ingredients for this stain remover are: 1 Tbsp of white vinegar, 2 Tbsp of hot water, and baking soda or corn starch. Mix the vinegar with the water and spray it onto the stains.
Then spread some baking soda or corn starch on the carpet followed by a pass with the vacuum.
10. LIMESCALE/TOILET CLEANER
Use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar.
Spread the baking soda evenly and leave it for an hour, then pour vinegar and leave it for 5 minutes. Scrub the toilet well with the brush.
11. CLEANER FOR TAPS AND TILES
Screw half a lemon into the tap and let it act against the lime.
Put a few drops of lemon on a cotton pad and clean the chrome.
Wait 1 hour before rinsing.
For tiles, mix vinegar and water in equal parts.
12. LAUNDRY DETERGENT
For a homemade detergent: The ingredients are: 2 tablets of natural soap, 2 cups of borax, 2 cups of bicarbonate of soda, 2 gallons of water and 1 Tbsp of essential oil.
Grate the soap and boil it in a liter of water. Mix the borax and bicarbonate of soda. Add everything to 4 cups of water and aromatize it with the essential oil.
13. SOFTENER FOR CLOTHING
Use 1 gallon of white vinegar and 30-40 drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil.
Mix it well and use half a cup per wash.
Try to avoid petroleum-derived ingredients since they have a greater incompatibility with the environment. These ingredients degrade very slowly, cause allergies and irritation, and even compete with living organisms for oxygen consumption.
Besides, there are many plant resources that are even more effective than conventional market products.
Try the unconventional and create a SimpleLife!!!