We all know that chemicals aren’t great for us or for the earth, but we can’t seem to get away from them these days. We also all need a clean living space – something that often requires chemicals to achieve. What if there was another way that was chemical-free, eco-friendly and saves you money?
Store-bought chemical cleaning agents pollute indoor and outdoor air and require transportation which emits toxic carbon. Problem is, store bought eco-friendly products are often really expensive and still require the same transportation. Making your own DIY cleaning products out of things that are likely already in your house is easy and takes these pollutants out of the equation, and they’ll be just as effective as chemical products!
Here are 3 essential recipes to help you make the switch:
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
- One part white vinegar
- One part water
- Lemon rind
- Rosemary sprigs (optional, for scent)
Combine all the ingredients and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake and let sit to infuse for about a week before use. Use it to clean hard water stains, wall smudges and just about anything else that needs a good wipe down (except for granite surfaces – the acidity might damage the stone). White vinegar and lemon are powerful cleaning agents that you can use in a variety of ways to disinfect! If you’re concerned about the vinegar smell, add some rosemary sprigs (the lemon will help too).
DIY Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 1-liter warm water
Combine ingredients and use to deodorize surfaces. To deodorize your sink, you can also pour straight baking soda down the drain and follow it up with a little vinegar. Wait about 5 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain. Not only will this deodorize it, but it’ll help to unclog it too!
Eco-Friendly Glass Cleaner
2 cups water
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
1-2 drops essential oil (optional, for scent)
Combine ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. This can be used to clean mirrors as well – just make sure you spray it on a paper towel or a cloth first. Try not to use it on a hot day in direct sunlight, otherwise, it may leave streaks on your windows