Thanks to the power of the internet and other news sources, there’s a good chance that you’re aware of the damage that the natural world is suffering at the moment.
With climate change and other environmental disasters being reported every day, more and more people are looking for ways to change how much damage they inflict on the world around them.
Commercial, synthetic cleaners, such as those used to wash dishes, mop the floor, or clean toilets, are usually packed to the brim with a variety of dangerous and bio accumulative chemicals.
These chemicals can cause damage not just to the people using them and their families, but also to the natural world around them. If you’re worried about the health of your family as well as that of the fauna and flora you live by, consider making use of one of these natural cleaning products that can easily be made at home.
An All-Purpose Cleaner
Perfect for mopping dirty tiles, wiping counters down, and just about every task imaginable, this all-purpose cleaner is both safe for you, your family, and your pets, but it’s extremely cheap and simple to put together. Here, one-part white wine vinegar is mixed with one-part water, as well as a few drops of the essential oils of choice.
Vinegar is a potent cleaning agent, especially when allowed to sit for a while, and can remove most messes with ease, although it may not be enough to get rid of the most stubborn stains.
Heavy Duty Cleaner
When vinegar doesn’t quite do the job, the next stage is to turn to something stronger, and there are few cleaning agents that are quite as strong as borax. Although a natural product, borax has long been known for its ability to wipe away even the toughest of stains.
Using a slice of lemon, dip the lemon into borax powder and use on the tough stains that can often be found in bathrooms or toilets. Not only is borax fantastic for cleaning deep stains, but it can also be used as a laundry detergent quite successfully.
While ammonia isn’t the safest ingredient to have on hand, when used correctly it makes for a great way to cut through grease, especially if you tend to cook with a lot of oil on a daily basis.
Here, sudsy ammonia – around half a cup – can be mixed into around 5 litres of fresh, hot water. Make sure to always wear gloves when handling ammonia, but with a damp cloth, it’s possible to thoroughly clean any grease that accumulates on your stove or kitchen counters.
There are few things more frustrating than having a window that’s covered in a thin film of grime and cleaning it with a conventional window cleaner just leaves it with countless streaks running down it.
This homemade glass cleaner is as quick to make as playing real money Bingo and can be used in a range of objects, from windows to porcelain vases and even on car windows. Simply mix 2 cups of water with half a cup of cider vinegar, a quarter cup of 70% alcohol, and 2 drops of orange essential oil. Not only will it smell good, but it will leave windows looking completely clean of all dirt.