Looking at organic alternatives isn’t something that just has to remain in the kitchen, and I’ve started to focus more on ridding chemicals where I can, whether that be in sugars, skin care and even cleaning the house.

The misconception people have about making your own organic cleaning products is that they cost the earth, but I should imagine 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 looking to swap chemical filled sprays and bottles with young children around, I’d definitely recommend giving these ten a try. This is how our grandparents used to clean and you never imagine Grandma’s house being anything that spotless right?

Lemon Microwave Over 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 cooled water, 4 ounces of white vinegar and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray on toys and rinse, followed by air drying.

Odour Absorber

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 Spra

If your furniture has a little odour, give it a spray of this – the vodka will kill the germs and the essential oils with 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 just 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.

Fabric Softener

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 trialling 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 shower head, 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.

This post is in partnership with Bed Guru, who are currently promoting their range of organic mattresses, made from a blend of luxury organic cotton and Pure British Wool. Sewn by hand, extra thick layers of special ventilating cotton allows for maximum air flow and uncompromised comfort. This isn’t a paid promotion but Bed Guru did kindly send me an organic cleaning starter kit, so I could get the marigolds on and trial some of these recipes.

About the author
Victoria Jackson is the editor of multi-award winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. Designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget, Victoria edits the inspirational and showcases the affordable.

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