With the rise of zero waste and green living lifestyles, the search for natural cleaning products is on! Here are some of my favorite, easy to make, go-to products.
Welcome back, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holidays. It can get a little crazy this time of year, with all the holidays, getting ready for guests, cleaning up after guests...there’s a lot of cleaning involved. In my family, this has never been fun. Both my mother and I found out we are allergic to many man-made cleaners because of the chemicals and artificial fragrances used. So, we had to get creative. I love natural cleaning products now, and you can make them pretty quickly with ingredients you may already have handy! Plus, you can add your own twists and scents to them and make your house smell exactly the way you want. So, let’s take a look at some quick and easy natural cleaners that you can use throughout your home.
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Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner: I found this one online somewhere and I love it. However, I couldn’t find anything related to what I used, but I remember the ratios so I can still share it! It takes a bit of time only because it has to sit. So keep that in mind. You’ll need vodka, vinegar, citrus peels, and dried herbs like sage, mint, rosemary, or thyme. Add one cup of vodka to a quart glass jar, load up the citrus peels and herbs, add 3 cups of apple cider vinegar, and top off the jar with water. Set in a sunny spot for at least three weeks, strain, and pour into a spray bottle. This puppy is a pretty great all-purpose cleaner, and can be used on most floors, counters, and even in bathrooms! The vodka also makes great anti-bacterial cleaning products, so it’s perfect for countertops. Though, be careful with vinegar and counters like granite and marble if they aren’t sealed well.
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DIY Carpet and Rug Deodorizer: Most people on the green living bandwagon don’t have carpets. Carpets are hard to clean, and they keep smells in them forever. However, if you love carpet, or don’t have the ability not to own carpet (read here: renting an apartment or home), then you need a good carpet deodorizer. Most are full of chemicals, but I have a great solution for you! This one is made with 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup dried lavender, and 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Did you know you can totally make your own essential oil? All you really need to do is infuse the herb in oil (like saffron, coconut, olive, jojoba, or any oil really) in a 1:1 ratio. Sit in a sunny spot for a few weeks, or do a hot method by placing the ingredients over a double boiler for about three hours. Strain, and done! You can totally make it and add it to your carpet powder.
If you have pets, adding a ½ cup food grade diatomaceous earth will help keep fleas and other pests away. Mix all ingredients in a grinder or blender to grind down the buds, then store in an airtight container. Sprinkle over rugs or carpets, let sit, then vacuum it up. Easy peasy! Lavender is used to help keep away pests, but you can also use mint, citrus, clove, or any combination of scents you like!
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Homemade Infused Vinegars: I am one of those people who honestly hates the smell of vinegar. It makes me gag and I don’t understand how people can stand to clean or make green cleaning products with it because of the smell. Introducing infused vinegars! You can’t technically make these in a day, but you can bottle them up in just a few minutes and then leave them for a week or so and bam. You have infused vinegars.
Take a glass container, add in your smell-good stuff, and fill to the top with vinegar. Some great things to add to your vinegar would be lemons, oranges, rosemary, pine (if you are lucky and aren’t allergic), lavender, and any other dried herb. Close the jar, shake it up, and then let it sit in a cool dark place for about a week. Strain, pour into a spray bottle, and voila! You have some awesome infused vinegars that don’t have that vinegar-y smell. Then, you can use this all natural cleaner everywhere, from cleaning tubs, floors, and counters to even your sinks and the microwave.
Pro Tip: If you want this cleaner sooner, boil the vinegar before pouring it into the jar. It’ll infuse faster, and will be ready in about 24 hours!
DIY Garbage Disposal Bombs: I have a love/hate relationship with my garbage disposal. It’s so convenient, and yet it has on occasion eaten some of my measuring spoons. I’m always worried about the smells that can come from it if it’s not clean. That’s where these little guys come in. Simple to make, and can also be used in toilets to clean them! You’ll need ¾ cup baking soda, a lemon, ½ cup of salt, and ½ teaspoon of dish soap. Mix salt and baking soda. Zest the lemon and add to the mix along with the dish soap. Juice half the lemon and add to the mix, stirring to mix completely. Pack the mixture into molds, and let harden. Store in a jar and pop these natural home cleaners into the garbage disposal or toilet when needed!
Baking Soda and Vinegar: And, always my favorite and the easiest one is just to use simple baking soda and vinegar. If vinegar isn’t your thing, you can totally use lemon juice instead! Literally you can use these cleaning items everywhere. I sprinkle baking soda wherever I need cleaning, whether it’s grout, flooring, counters, sinks, or dirty dishes, and then add a bit of vinegar. It’ll fizz like crazy, then you wait a few minutes and start scrubbing. It makes hard stuck on grossness go away very quickly. Use the infused vinegars or lemon juice for a less abrasive smell! This is also great for boosting your laundry, refreshing old towels and sheets, and can even help clean out sink drains. Super useful stuff here. I always have it on hand.
That’s all for today! A sneak peek into a lot of the all natural cleaning products that my family and I have used for a long time. Are any of these ones you already use? Which one is your favorite? Is there one you use that I didn’t list? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post! And, as always, stay creative (and green), my friends.
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