Everyone who buys their own groceries and household items knows the quickest way to increase the total on that till slip is to add some cleaning products. Lucky for us my mom* has basically turned into the queen of eco friendly and affordable home DIY cleaning products, so I have three recipes to share today.
All three these products are super simple to make, they’re easy to use, and they’re very close to being all-natural too. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to breathe in at least one less harsh chemical product and save yourself some bucks while you’re at it.
Orange Kitchen Cleaner
I’m borderline obsessive when it comes to wiping down my kitchen counters – at any given time they need to be clean enough for me to quickly slice/spread something without a cutting board if I really have to (oh come on, you’ve done it too). But that also means that I don’t always want to wipe off whatever it is that I cleaned the counter with last time round.
This kitchen cleaner is great for that reason. The main ingredient is vinegar so you can eat from your counter directly after cleaning it if you really want to. Because the other ingredient is orange peels.
Fill a large wide neck jar with orange peels. This does indeed mean that you would need the peels of about 6 oranges, but it’s a great excuse to make some fresh juice or freeze segments for future juicing. Pour white vinegar over the orange peels to fill the jar, and seal it. Forget about it for two weeks to give the oranges time to infuse the vinegar, and then decant the liquid into a spray bottle.
When I use this I initially smell a whiff of vinegar, but the orange then takes over. I’m also really keen to try this with lemons as soon as lemons are more *cough* seasonally priced/I find a lemon tree in someone’s back yard.
Yup, I used the T-word. I’m not going to lie, I’m a big fan of bleach. It has a lot to do with my squeamishness about toilet brushes – I can’t stand the stuff. So usually I’d chuck a bleach block in the cistern and pour thick bleach into the toilet bowl every couple of days to prevent staining and keep things sparkly.
These toilet fizzies are the bomb though – they fizz away in the toilet bowl within a few minutes leaving things sparkling clean and smelling really good.
2 cups baking soda/bicarb
1 cup citric acid
10ml essential oils
spray bottle with water
Mix baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Add the essential oils little by little while continuing to stir – you can use a mixture of two or three different essential oils as long as it’s about 10ml in total. Start spraying some water to dampen the mixture so you can transfer it to the moulds – it will start fizzing, and the less you let it fizz here the better so try not to waste time. Aim for no more than five spritzes of water in total.
As soon as it feels somewhat mouldable it’s ready to go into whatever shapes you chose – mini muffin pans, ice cubes, whatever blows your hair back as long as you’ll be able to get it out. Leave it in the moulds overnight, and then leave it out for another 6 hours or so on an open tray once you’ve removed it from the moulds. Once you’re sure they’re nice and hard, store them in an air tight container and throw one in the loo bowl every couple of days.
This is probably the easiest DIY cleaning recipe of all time but I had to include it because carpet powder is such a ridiculously overpriced item and this one is super effective. I used this when I helped my mom clean one day and it freshens up a room like you won’t believe. I also used it when my sister’s dog** lovingly urinated on the carpet in my room, and it worked for that too.
500g baking soda/bicarb
2ml essential oils
Just mix it up and transfer it into a shaker of some sort. Pour some onto the carpet before vacuuming and be amazed at how domesticated you are.
You probably noticed that most of the ingredients can be find either in your grocery cupboard or in your supermarket. Again I only use SOiL for essential oils.
Please let me know if you enjoy posts like these? I have some more DIY cleaning products and other recipes and tricks up my sleeve but I won’t bore you if you prefer reading about makeup instead 🙂
*My mom wanted to make sure that I tell you she’s not claiming any of these recipes as her own. They’re all circulating in the world of mom-websites and DIY Pinterest.
**I’m saying dog, but this dog looks a LOT like a dingo.