One of the most talked about women of 2018 has to be Mrs Hinch. Her Instagram stories of cleaning tips and advice have become addictive to many. But one of the most talked about aspects of her sudden fame has to be how many chemicals she uses in her day-to-day cleaning regime.
Whether it be skincare, food, or even cleaning products, I’m making a conscious effort to cut back on the number of chemicals my body is exposed to, and making your own natural cleaning products is one way to do this.
The misconception people have about making your own organic cleaning products, however, is that it costs the earth.
I should imagine, however, bar one or two, most of the ingredients I’ve listed below can be found in your kitchen cupboard – perhaps right at the back. Keep looking. There, past the old spices you never use.
Whether you’re looking to just lead a healthier lifestyle overall, or are wanting to swap chemical-filled sprays and bottles with young children around, I’d definitely recommend giving these organic cleaning recipes a try. This is how our grandparents used to clean and you’d never imagine Grandma’s house being anything that spotless right?
Lemon Microwave Oven Cleaner
This is for those moments when you’ve popped your tomato soup on to cook and it’s exploded everywhere. Just add 1/4 cup of water to 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice and spray away. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wipe away with a sponge or microfiber cloth.
Children’s Toy Cleaner
If you’d like a toy cleaner in spray form, here’s a great solution. Although you need to keep this out of reach of children, it’s completely safe to use around them. All you need to do is mix 4 ounces of boiled (and then left to cool) water, 4 ounces of white vinegar and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray on toys and rinse, followed by air drying.
If you have an odour in your carpet and you can’t get rid of it, you don’t want to mask it with another scent. Just grab a box of baking soda, sprinkle and let it sit for 24 hours. Vacuum up the residue and repeat if necessary.
Lemon & Clove Furniture Freshening Spray
If your furniture has a little odour, give it a spray of this – the vodka will kill the germs and the essential oils will eliminate the scent. Mix 1/2 cup of boiled and cooled water, 1/2 cup of vodka, 5 drops of lemon essential oil (add more for your liking) and finally 5 drops of clove essential oil. Always spot-test your furniture in an inconspicuous place to make sure that the spray doesn’t leave residue or cause discolouration.
Natural Scratch Remover
This is perfect for those smaller scratches on wooden furniture which you need to get rid of. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar and rub into the scratch with a cloth until it disappears. I didn’t believe this worked until I tried it on my dining table and it really does.
Peppermint and Lavender Linen Refresher
Linen refresher spray is ideal for hiding smells on pillows, bedding, and clothing – which you can also use on your pillow before bed for a restful night’s sleep. Mix 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of vodka, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil. Pour into a spray bottle and spray about 8″ away from fabric. This spray will last for up to 2 months.
No-Bleach Laundry Whitener and Brightener
If you’re reaching for the bleach then turn to this one natural ingredient instead – hydrogen peroxide. Just add 2 ounces to the washing machine (if you have a bleach compartment put it in there, if not just in the drum with the washing) and wash as normal.
Who knew you could use vinegar as an alternative to fabric softener? All you need to do is mix 16 ounces of white vinegar with 50 drops of essential oils of your choice. This makes about 64 loads, but you just add 1/4 cup to your softener dispenser in the rinse cycle per wash and there you have it.
Shower Head Cleaner
This is a recipe I’m trialing as we speak. All you need to do to clean your shower head is fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and tie it around the showerhead, securing with an elastic band. Keep it on for a good couple of hours, or overnight if you can, remove the bag and rinse. You should experience increased water pressure after this clean.
Citrus Stove Cleaner
I always like to keep my stove looking clean and shiny, so this recipe is perfect. Mix 8 ounces of water, 2 tablespoons of Castile soap (which you can buy online, basically made from olive oil and soda), 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 drops of lemon essential oils and 2 drops of orange essential oils. Shake together in a spray bottle and get to work.
There we have it – 10 easy organic cleaning recipes with ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. Have you considered making your own cleaning products before? And remember to bookmark this post for future reference.