Artificial chemical manufacturers are very opaque when it comes to disclosing the chemicals in their products. Dangerous toxins such as phthalates will be labelled as ‘fragrances’ while corrosive agents like sodium hydroxide are claimed to be powerful cleansers. Scientific studies have shown that using cleaning products containing these compounds can be linked to a myriad of ailments including asthma, skin irritation, burns and even cancer. The good news is that you can make cleaning products from natural and friendly ingredients. Here are some examples you can try out.
An all-purpose cleaning liquid will be suitable for appliances, walls, counter tops, sinks and pretty much any other cleaning need. To make this kind of cleaning agent you will need:
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- ½ cup vinegar
- 10 drops each of lemongrass oil and tea tree oil, or lavender oil
Mix the essential oils, vinegar and a little water to make an even solution before adding the baking soda. For cleaning appliances, don’t use lavender as it has a sharp scent.
Kitchen ‘soft scrub’ cleaner
Use this cleaner to clean off greasy pots, pans and the sink. You will need:
- 1 ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup of natural soap
- 10 drops of tea tree and lemon essential oil
Mix the soap and baking soda in a mixing bowl to make a fine paste. Add the essential oils. Store the final mixture in an airtight container for use.
This cleaning liquid will be ideal for cleaning plates, and other utensils that are greasy and sticky. You will need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups borax
- 1 cup environmental friendly dishwasher
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make an even mixture. Use 2 teaspoons at a time for a sink full of dishes.
You can make environmental friendly disinfectant wipes from old t-shirts cut into small pieces. You will need:
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 8 drops each of lemon oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil
- 20 squares of cut up t-shirts (Cotton)
- A container
Mix the water, vinegar and essential oils in a bowl until evenly mixed. Fold the cloths and place them in the container. Pour the mixture over the clothes and close the container.
You can use this to mop floors, clean counter tops and disinfecting anywhere any other surfaces. You will need:
- A jar full of lemon or orange peels
- Undiluted vinegar
Pour vinegar into the jar until it covers the peels. Leave the jar to sit for 2 weeks then strain out the citrus infused vinegar.