Whether you are cleaning your house or your office, the usage of all natural cleaning products will not only have your space just as clean as using harsh chemicals (if not cleaner). They will also improve the air quality and make it safer for everyone that comes into contact with it.
Making the switch over to an all natural arsenal of cleaning products may sound like a lot of work. I am here to tell you that is not the case at all. The truth is you probably have more of these natural ingredients sitting in your home right now than you’d think.
Here is a common list of all natural ingredients to get you started on your journey to deeper, healthier cleans…
Liquid Castile or Dish Soap (can be used in place of dish soap if you would like to keep it all natural)
Lemons (or oranges), Olive Oil, Corn Starch and Hydrogen Peroxide (3% from the pharmacy)
Essential Oils (optional) (Essential Oil Information)
Spray Bottles (preferably Glass – rather than buying some, why not make your own with upcycled apple cider vinegar bottles and a spray nozzle screwed on top?)
Skip the learning curve with these DIY recipes and video tutorials….
Glass Cleaner – https://youtu.be/-ht6ZdeTIW0
Wood Dusting Spray – https://youtu.be/gJlNoM3Z0rc
Here are a couple of my own personal favourite recipes for you to try
Tile Grout Cleaner – When it comes to cleaning your shower there is a secret to it that takes all the heavy scrubbing out of the equation. Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray down your entire shower and bathtub, doors and all. Leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Come back and wipe it all down. If necessary use an old toothbrush to get into the grout lines of the walls. Finally, rinse, stand back and admire your work for very little effort.
Cookware – Use baking soda and water made into a paste to scrub baked on food off. Feel free to cover the tough spots with paste and allow it to soak before scrubbing. Therefore alleviating the amount the elbow grease you have to put into the scrub.
Toilet Cleaner – Did you know you can use baking soda and straight vinegar in your toilet bowl for getting it clean? Not only does it disinfect but it also works to remove some of those unsavory smells. (don’t even try to say your bathroom is always smelling of roses :D) Start with a cup of baking soda. Allow that to soak for an hour. Add in your cup of white vinegar and leave it to bubble with the baking soda for 5 minutes. Then flush and be amazed at how clean it it is without any scrubbing at all. (FYI – when your toilet is extremely dirty you may have to add some scrubbing power to the mix and help this recipe along.)
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Oven Cleaning – I must say this has always been one of my least favourite places to scrub. After giving this natural remedy a try it definitely has made it a little easier at least.
Create a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to all the problem areas in your oven and on your stove. Allow it to soak for a few hours. Come back to spray it down with some vinegar and scrub. Depending on how bad your oven is, you may need to put in a little elbow grease to get it spotlessly clean. However if you do this often it will get easier each time.
Scented DIY All Purpose Cleaner
Are you like me and love the fresh scent of clean that some of your current products leave behind? Use this recipe to create your own all natural scented cleaner that can be diluted to wash windows and floors. Or use it straight to disinfect surfaces in your home and office spaces.
Fill a jar with the citrus peels of your choosing. Top the jar up with some undiluted white vinegar right up to the top. Leave it sitting for a few days, roughly 2 weeks. Now strain out the vinegar into a bottle to be used as your all natural, scented cleaner.
MAKING THE SWITCH
Making the switch to all natural all at once can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers. Although, I would hope that today’s post has calmed some of the nerves that come with starting on a new path. My advice to you would be to start small by choosing only one or two of the above listed options. I believe that once you start on this journey of change you won’t want to stop. As a result your house will be sparkly clean, while your air and surfaces will be all that much safer for everyone to interact with.
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