As one of my main goals for January, introducing homemade cleaning products to our household is a step in the right direction, reducing the waste we consume, produce and the nasties we allow into our home. Being a burden both physically and financially, store-bought cleaners with a long list of unknown ingredients have always worried me. Keeping your home clean should be a rewarding and encouraging process, as finding motivation to get the cleaning supplies out can be half the issue. I've also added a great printable with daily, weekly and monthly tasks to break everything down!
With my family and my animals health in mind, we decided that replacing our store-bought products with homemade ones would be our first step towards a reduced waste home.
I decided to put together a very simple ‘cleaning kit’ to motivate myself to get into the spirit of New Years cleaning! I found my carrying basket from Kmart and filled it with the following items:
A lot of my main ingredients can easily be bought in bulk from places like Gilmore’s, Bin Inn etc.
You’ll also notice that a lot of the ingredients also include essential oils. Now this isn’t just for their great scent, essential oils like tea tree, lemon and lavender have plenty of disinfectant qualities which give your recipes a massive boost. These are only effective if you use pure and natural oils like the Isagenix oils we use. If you are interested in purchasing any, please flick us an email or a message on social media!
Here is a guide to the simplest, yet cost-effective home cleaning products!
Homemade Dusting Spray
I’ve recently been trying to get into the routine of spending 10 minutes cleaning every morning and evening. This dusting spray is an essential during this time as a way to give my bedroom a quick once over.
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to combine. Use as you would any typical dusting spray, either spraying onto a clean cloth and wiping, or spraying on the surface and wiping. (I’d start with the first option, or test a small area of the furniture first).
Homemade Polishing Spray
Great for wooden tables, chairs and shelves. Olive oil is the key ingredient in this recipe!
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Spray directly on wood furniture and buff with a clean, dry cloth. Shake before each use.
Homemade Air Freshener
This is great to keep in the bathroom, laundry or any room which tends to get a little stuffy!
Combine in a spray bottle, shake, and spray to freshen the room! (Shake before each use).
Homemade Glass/Window Cleaner
Combine everything in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well. Spray onto glass surface and wipe clean. Be sure you shake well to fully integrate the cornstarch, which is the ingredient that reduces streaking. You’ll want to shake before each use.
Peppermint Toilet Bombs
In a large bowl stir together baking soda and citric acid until well combined. Add oils and stir to mix thoroughly. Place vinegar in spray bottle and spritz baking soda mixture lightly. You do not want to soak it or you will cause the fizzing reaction and it will not be effective for cleaning. Spritz and stir, then repeat. Continue doing this until it is just barely misted enough so that it sticks together when squeezed but not dripping. Press mixture firmly into the muffin tin. Allow to dry (approx. 2-3 hours). Pop from mold and store in a mason jar. Just toss one peppermint toilet bomb into the toilet bowl. It will fizz for about 5 minutes but I like to let it soak for another 5 or 10 before swishing with the brush and flushing it away!
Tip! Keep this spray bottle of simply white vinegar and a few drops of lemon essential oil in your cleaning kit. This is great for a quick spray over the toilet for a freshen up, for ease when making a few more toilet bombs or for a quick once-over in the shower, to clean walls, or finish off the oven cleaning! Super versatile.
Homemade Drain Cleaner
Got a shower that just keep flooding? Give this recipe a try. I’ve been trying to clean my shower drains about each week, just to make the cleaning experience a whole lot less daunting.
Sprinkle baking soda down the clogged or smelly drain, and follow that with the vinegar. Let the bubbling mixture sit for an hour or so, then pour boiling hot water down the drain to rinse.
Depending on how smelly or clogged the drain is, you may need to repeat the process again. Once you do it regularly, you’ll find that one time usually takes care of it!
Homemade Oven Cleaner
In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of baking soda and stir in 2 – 3 tablespoons of water, adjusting as needed to get a spreadable paste. Spread this all over the walls of your ovens, rubbing it in for a scrubbing effect. Let that mixture rest overnight. In the morning, you will put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you see baking soda, which will create a foaming action. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing until clean.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
This one is an absolute essential. I use this around the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom if required.
Mix the vinegar, essential oils and a little water before adding baking soda in a clean spray bottle. Then fill to top with water. Gently shake to mix ingredients, and then spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.
Pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact amounts don’t really matter). Put the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge - no scrubbing required!
Add about ½ cup of baking soda to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the fridge’s insides.
To scrub down walls, mix ¼ cup white vinegar with 1 litre warm water, then use a rag to scrub those walls down. To remove black marks, simply scrub at the spot with a little bit of baking soda.
Great for your silver utensils and jewellery. Line a sink or bucket with aluminium foil, lay out the silver on top of the aluminium, and pour in boiling water, 1 cup of baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Let it sit for several minutes and watch as the tarnish disappears! Note: If you’re concerned about immersing a particular item, simply rub it with toothpaste and a soft cloth, rinse it with warm water, and allow it air to dry.
Let us know if you give any of these recipes a try! We hope you enjoy reduced the waste and chemicals you allow into your home. It's not about reducing the standard of products you use, homemade cleaners (I've found anyway) are just as good as store bought ones, however I actually understand the ingredients that are in them.
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