Whenever I start talking about making my own eco-friendly cleaning products I am usually met with two feelings – That sounds complicated and that must be so time-consuming. I completely understand that because I felt the same way when I first started looking into doing this but now I know what each product does, I know how well they work and where I can use them and because I have created eco-cleaning graphics that I can quickly refer to, I find this way of cleaning extremely fun and satisfying. So here are the ingredients you need to make eco-friendly cleaning products and why…
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarb is a natural, safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning product that can be used on its own or mixed with other eco-friendly ingredients to create a wide range of natural cleaning solutions. It makes a perfect deodoriser, it can clean up items such as aluminium, chrome, jewellery, porcelain and so on plus it has a natural yet gentle abrasive quality which means it can even lift off troublesome marks like felt tip pen. Honestly, it’s true, check out my Instagram reel on it here.
Bicarb is my favourite of all the eco-friendly ingredients and we always have some in the house – you can purchase the one we use here.
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant so can be used on a wide variety of surfaces around the home including worktops (not real wood or granite), windows, floors, in bathrooms and so on. People are often initially put off because they are concerned about leaving a “chip shop smell” in their home but when mixed with water and essential oils or with say the zest of a lemon, you can create a wonderful aroma.
White vinegar is a funny one when it comes to mixing. When mixed with bicarb you will see the famous fizz and this has long been thought of as cleaning but in actual fact, it is just having a chemical reaction and one cancels out the other. The only time I do mix them is to put this reaction to good use for a blocked drain as the pressure works on clearing it, otherwise please don’t do this as it won’t be cleaning and you’ll just be wasting your time and money. White vinegar really only likes itself and cooled boiled water.
If you live in a hard water area, citric acid is a must. This naturally breaks down any limescale build-up and can be safely used in your kettle, toilet, washing machine, dishwasher, iron and on taps. It works so well all by itself that you can just leave it to do its job and return later to a sparkling home.
Note that a lemon will also work in the same way so don’t go wasting those if they are past their best.
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Percarbonate of Soda
Percarbonate of Soda is a natural bleach that can be used to remove stains from clothing, to brighten them and bring things like toilets back to their best. There really is no need for chemical bleach when you have options like this.
Another of my favourite, castile soap, just like bicarb can be used on its own or with other ingredients to create fantastic cleaning products. One of the best recipes I have come up with is my Cream Cleaner which mixes Castile, water and bicarb to make a wonderful paste that will clean a wide range of things around the home (perfect for bathrooms). Castile can also be used to make your own shampoo, hand soap, washing up liquid, laundry liquid and so on.
The only thing you cannot mix this with is vinegar as they will just congeal. You can purchase Castile soap here.
And lastly, to get that lovely clean scent, just add some essential oils. These can be mixed with any of my recipes to get a wonderful aroma for around the home but if you’d like to check out 5 of my favourites and see what they do individually then take a look at this blog on them here.
Once you get to grips with using these ingredients to make eco-friendly cleaning products you will hopefully soon be able to see that eco-cleaning isn’t at all daunting and that your home can be spotlessly clean as well as non-toxic and safe for all who live there.
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