Home Made Cleaning Products
Home Made Cleaning Products
by Kimberley Graham
Benefits of Home Made Cleaning Products
Home made cleaning products offer a number of benefits for the home and office. They are easy to make, generally cost less, and are gentle on surfaces. Natural cleaning products are also beneficial for both human health and the environment. Here’s a few reasons why.
Compared to many commercial cleaning products, natural cleaning products offer the possibility of a thorough clean without the harm and risks of chemicals. Commercial products leave odours and residue on surfaces and in the atmosphere which may not be beneficial for human health. Home made cleaning products are not as harsh on surfaces and may result in less wear and tear.
Environmentally friendly cleaners often use natural astringents and fresh ingredients, such as lavender and citrus. This has the additional benefit of leaving the entire home or work area smelling fresh and clean. These natural aromas also tap into the natural desire of humans to feel like they are close to nature and can help to create a good feeling atmosphere.
Often the cleaning process involves using water to clean surfaces that are mixed together with cleaning products. This means that a lot of the chemicals used in commercial products are washed down the drain and contaminate water supplies. When using natural cleaning products, there is very little contamination to water supplies. This avoids toxic chemical entering the natural world, the food chain and the contamination of soil.
3 Home Made Cleaning Product Recipes
Below are a few basic recipes for home made cleaning products. Most of them can be made from basic ingredients that are usually in the pantry at home. Check out the Weighstead Eco-Coconut Scourer which can also help to lift tough stains while not polluting the planet.
1. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda has long been known for its whitening and cleaning properties. Many people use it as a natural teeth whitener and it is known for breaking through dirt in bathrooms and kitchens. A simple combination of baking soda and vinegar offer significant cleaning results and as they are completely natural and there are no adverse side-effects. If you do not like the smell of vinegar, add a few drops of lavender oil, or lemon juice to the mix to infuse the fragrance.
How to make: Place 1 cup of vinegar in a large bowl and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Be careful because there will be a reaction. Stir and place in a spray bottle, and mix together with what ever natural fragrance you enjoy. The mixture is ready apply to surface areas.
2. Lemons and Limes
Lemon and lime juice are natural anti-bacterials. With a low pH and citric acid, they produce uninhabitable conditions for microorganisms such as bacteria and virus strains. In addition, citrus can loosen food stains so it's great to use in kitchen areas and at home in the laundry.
How to make: Place one cup of distilled hot water together with the peel and juice of two washed lemons. Leave over night in an airtight container. The next day, strain and place in a spray bottle ready for use.
3. Club Soda
The air bubbles in plain water produce club soda, which can also used to remove stains. Useful for stubborn spots on office furniture or carpets.
How to use: Simply place the club soda on a stain and let it sit for around 5-10 mins. Use a cloth to remove the stain. Add some bi-carb soda for an extra punch.
With these natural cleaning products, you can enjoy fresh air and a clean house without toxins and chemicals. This can only be beneficial for overall health and well-being.