Are Natural Cleaning Products Actually Effective? 7 Homemade Products to Try
People are moving towards natural cleaning products more and more every day. They’re better for the environment, better for your health, and overall just as effective as the chemical-based stuff. You just need to make sure you’re using the right ingredients!
Tired of making natural cleaning products that don’t work? Give these seven products a try and become a convert!
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
This one is criminally easy to make and works better than most store-bought cleaners. All you’ll need is:
- 1 tsp of borax
- 1 tsp of liquid castile soap
- 1/2 tsp of washing soda
- Essential oils
Pour all your ingredients (except the essential oils) into a spray bottle and add 2 cups of warm water. Next, add your essential oils for smell. Use whichever kind you prefer!
Cover your bottle, shake it up, and you’re good to go. This is a quick and easy solution for any and all of your cleaning needs. It works great on glass, countertops, and floor stains!
2. DIY Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be! Give this DIY method a try and be dazzled by the results.
- A bar of laundry soap
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of oxygen bleach
- 1 cup of washing soda
Simply grate your laundry soap bar down into a cup and mix all the ingredients in a container. You can also buy soap flakes if you don’t want to go through the grating process. It’s as easy as that!
Try using 4 tablespoons of the mixture for large loads, and 2 for light ones. You’ll have fresh, clean-smelling clothes in no time!
3. Vinegar-Based All-Purpose Cleaner
Many people tout vinegar as the ultimate in homemade cleaning solutions. If you want to see why, try this recipe. You’ll need:
- White vinegar
- Lemon rind
- Rosemary sprigs
Combine one part vinegar and water in a spray bottle with the other ingredients. Shake it up, get spraying. This works great on tough stains, trash cans, countertops, and most other surfaces.
Plus, the lemon and rosemary will leave your whole room smelling fresh!
The acidity of vinegar makes it great at breaking down and dissolving all types of stains and buildup. Any type of vinegar offers these benefits, including apple cider vinegar and rice vinegar. White vinegar may be the best choice though, as it is the highest in acid content.
4. Fizzing Toilet Cleaner
Next, it’s time to move to the bathroom. Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but this will make it easy. It might even make it a little more fun!
- 2/3 cup citric acid
- 2 cups of baking soda
- essential oils for scent
Mix the citric acid and baking soda in a glass bowl. Then add just a little water, preferably with a misting spray bottle. You don’t want to soak the mixture or it’ll stick together and fizz, so just 2 or three sprays will do.
Add your oils, then scoop what you’ve made out onto a piece of parchment paper and let dry overnight. You’ll be left with little pucks that will fizz up and clean your toilet when you drop them in the water! Much simpler than scrubbing at a dirty toilet all day.
For an extra fun step, try putting the mixture in molds to dry! These little pucks will get the job done right every time.
5. Upholstery Cleaner
Some of the hardest stains to get out are upholstery stains. Make that a thing of the past with this quick and easy solution. Just get:
- Essential oils (lavender, lemon, your choice)
- 1 & 1/2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
Put the baking soda into a spray bottle using a funnel then add the essential oil. Fill your bottle with water and shake it up well. You’re ready to clean your couches, chairs, and upholstery.
This will not only clean, but refresh your upholstery. The best DIY cleaning solutions are always the ones that leave your room smelling fresh. Better get started on that essential oil collection!
Any recipe that uses essential oils leaves the amount pretty much up to you. Anywhere between 10-30 drops will give you a good, strong scent. The choice is yours, and you don’t need to use them at all if you’re scent sensitive!
6. Window Cleaner
This one is as easy as it gets, and shows off the benefits of cleaning with citric acid. You’ll be surprised how well such a simple recipe works. Just get:
- 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid
- 1 cup of water
And that’s it. Mix these together, spray them onto the window, and clean off with a dry microfibre cloth. You’ll be left with sparkly clean glass without worry about scratching or smudges!
When it comes to cleaning solutions, citric acid can’t be praised enough. Next to vinegar, it’s really one of the DIY cleaning product heavy-hitters.
7. Homemade Vodka Air Freshener
Yes, you read that right. You can freshen your house with vodka! All you’ll need is:
- 1 cup of vodka
- Essential oils of choice (20 drops should do)
- 3 cups of water
Get a spray bottle and mix all your ingredients together in it. Shake it up, add more essential oils if you want a stronger smell, and get freshening.
Believe it or not, vodka is a great home cleaner. Ethyl alcohol is actually a mainstay in most store-bought air fresheners, and vodka has a lot of ethyl alcohol in it. You can use the cheap stuff, get fancy with Grey Goose — it’s all the same when it comes to cleaning!
Make the Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
Once you’ve made the switch to natural cleaning products, you’ll never want to go back. They’re cheap, they’re easy, and they’re just as effective as the best products on the market. Experiment with different recipes, scents, and mixtures, and you’re sure to find the perfect products for you!
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