Natural, homemade, non-toxic cleaners are an economical alternative to nasty chemical-based products, offering with many benefits for you, your family and the environment.
They are better for your health
Using natural products means you are not to inhaling toxic chemical fumes or get dry and irritated skin when cleaning.
They are cheaper
All ingredients are inexpensive to purchase and you will often already have them in your cupboard.
They offer peace of mind
Knowing that you’re not using chemicals means you don’t need to worry about children or pets getting to them.
They are better for the environment
By using natural products, you are not washing chemicals down the drain into the ocean.
They can be customised
A great thing about natural cleansers is that you can choose your own scents. By adding essential oils to the mix you can elevate your house cleansers from purely functional to the realm of aromatherapy.
Want to give natural cleaning products a go? Try these simple and cost effective recipes!
Natural All Purpose Cleaner
1 litre hot water
¼ cup white vinegar
2 tablespoon baking soda
1 spray bottle
Lemongrass essential oil (optional)
Pour all items into spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface and rub with a polishing or microfibre cloth. The lemongrass scent is uplifting and refreshing. Remember to always do a patch test on any surface before using.
Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner
½ teaspoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of white vinegar
1 cleaning cloth
Perfect for stainless steel benches and appliances, this will remove smudges. Dab oil onto one corner of the cleaning cloth, then rub down surface until smudges are gone. Then dab vinegar on other corner of cleaning cloth and wipe over surface until clean. Don’t worry about wearing gloves, the olive oil is good for your nails and skin.
Natural Air Freshener
1 mason jar, pierce metal lid with a cork screw
Paint, to paint lid in desired colour (optional)
Half a cup of bicarb soda, place in jar
Lavender essential oil, 3-5 drops of oil on top of bicarb soda in jar
Decorative twine to wrap around jar (optional)
Lavender is my fragrance of choice but any desired scent can be used. Lavender as a scent is a powerful remedy, helping many problems such insomnia, stress and nervous tension.
Natural Furniture Polisher
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 spray bottle
Pour all items into spray bottle. Shake to combine. Spray on surface and rub with a microfibre cloth. Always do a test patch prior to using.
Lemon is very acidic, so for natural stone or stained timber, be sure to remove lemon from recipe.
Natural Mould Remover
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
1 spray bottle
Combine in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray on problem areas. The aroma from the oil will also aid in the treatment of colds. Mould is dangerous for your health so it’s good to address the situation as soon as possible.