Want to mix up your very own non-toxic cleaner but not sure what should be going into the bottle?
You can harness the power of natural ingredients to create powerful home cleaners!
Homemade natural cleaners can not only cut through all of the grease and grime that occurs in your home but they are way better for the environment, and your own health.
This very simple recipe requires just a few simple ingredients that you will easily be able to find in your local supermarket, or with just a couple of clicks online.
This recipe involves combining baking soda, vinegar, water, lemon and essential oils of your choice.
You could skip the baking soda if you wish, but the essential oils will help to mask the vinegar smell, which can be quite prominent even when it has had a chance to infuse with the lemon.
Lemon not only brings a fresh scent, but the high acidity levels mean it acts as an antibacterial and antiseptic agent in the cleaner. Plus it is a natural bleaching agent too.
It’s a similar story with vinegar, which is also highly acidic.
When making this cleaner, if you do not have any essential oils, that’s OK. You can just go ahead and make the recipe without them. You may find the vinegar smell quite strong when cleaning, but it does not linger too long.
This is a fantastic cleaner to use all around your home if you have kids, because it’s non-toxic with no nasty chemicals lingering in the air!
Before we get to the recipe, you may want to check out these cleaning hacks which include ideas for using vinegar and baking soda, plus a few other cleaning ingredients!
Where you can and cannot use this DIY natural cleaner
Before we get to the recipe, it’s worth pointing out that you should not use this cleaner on marble or stone surfaces.
The vinegar can damage these surfaces so remember to avoid them when using your DIY cleaner.
Also avoid using the cleaner on hard wood surfaces, especially highly polished ones as the vinegar may damage the surface.
If you need to clean some egg stains and remnants off of your surfaces, do not use the cleaner s vinegar can react with the egg to actually make the mess harder to clean up.
So now let’s talk about the stuff you can use the cleaner on:
- Home appliances including your dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and washing machine
- Shower head
- Clogged drains
- 1 lemon
- 500ml white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 100ml hot water
- OPTIONAL: Essential oils of your choice - lavender, tea tree oil or lemon
- Peel rind from lemon and squeeze out the juices. Add the juice and rind to a spray bottle.
- Pour in the vinegar, add the baking soda and then pour in the hot water.
- Swirl the mixture around in the bottle to help the baking soda dissolves.
- Add essential oils if you are using them.
- Leave for 1 week to allow the vinegar and citrus fruit to combine.