Have you ever stopped to wonder about the ‘toxic’ label on your bottle of kitchen spray, or the skull and crossbones on your toilet bleach?
Cleaning chemicals have been known to aggravate asthma, cause skin complaints and make allergies worse.
There are plenty of question marks surrounding the safety of our regular cleaning products.
Maybe you’re looking for a natural all purpose cleaner that’ll keep your home sparkling clean without making you sick. Maybe you want to make a contribution that’ll count on Earth Day.
Whatever the reason, keep reading for 5 recipes you’re going to love.
1. Citrus and Vinegar
This recipe harnesses the cleaning power of lemons, oranges, and vinegar, all without a chemical in sight.
While vinegar makes a great all-round cleaner, it does leave a tang in the air for a few minutes. While that evaporates and disappears pretty quickly, adding citrus peels adds cleaning muscle, while making surfaces smell lemony-fresh.
You’ll need to prepare this product in advance for best results, as the mix needs to infuse for 2-3 weeks (the longer, the better).
If you’re wondering what to use in the meantime, don’t worry – we’ve got 4 more natural all purpose cleaner recipes for you to try.
2. Baking Soda and Vinegar
These 2 potent cleaning ingredients will make light work of grime on almost any surface.
We love this recipe, which includes essential oils known for their disinfectant properties. Essential oils also make things smell awesome, so do your research, pick one you like and adapt the recipe to make it your own.
3. Lemon and Salt Scrub
You might be seeing a theme here, but lemons are an amazing ingredient to clean your home with.
This one isn’t a recipe so much as a mantra: lemons and salt, lemons and salt.
The acidity of the lemons cuts through dirt and grime, while the salt deodorizes, scours and disinfects.
Simply dip half a lemon in some coarse ground salt, and then use it to clean your shower, your kitchen chopping surfaces, your barbeque, microwave and so much more.
4. White Vinegar and Essential Oils
We know, by now, that vinegar is an excellent substance in your natural cleaning arsenal. But it can be a little stinky, initially at least.
This recipe recommends using vinegar with essential oils, for their cleansing properties and pleasant scent.
The vinegar will quickly evaporate, while the oils dissipate more slowly, leaving your room smelling lovely for longer.
5. Baking Soda and Castile Soap
For those of us, or our significant others, who find the tang of vinegar a little offputting, here’s a great recipe that goes without.
Just dilute baking soda, castile soap, and essential oil in some water for a great-smelling, effective natural cleaner the family will love.
The Takeaway on Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Natural cleaning products are an awesome way to cut back on the nasties. They’re also eco-friendly, and home-made products often cost less than their chemical-cocktail counterparts.
With so many recipes to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you and your family.
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