DIY House Cleaning Products
As promised in last weeks post, here are some of the simple ingredients I use for cleaning.
Give them a try and tell me what you think.
To clean shower glass and chrome ( this is a particularly good one if you have hard water like we do) use 1/2 a lemon, skin, pulp, juice intact. Couldn’t be simpler.This one may take a little elbow grease but it’s so fresh and natural, it’s a pleasure to work with. You’ll want to put some good pressure on the lemon, cut side to surface, so you’re getting the cleaning action of the entire inner lemon. Once you’re finished scrubbing, simply rinse with warm water and you’re done. Your glass and chrome will be sparkling. 🙂
For our sink, bath and shower drains, I try to do a bi-weekly preventative routine of pouring in 1/2 a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. I’ll let that sit for an hour then rinse with warm water. If you’ve already got a clog, simply do the same thing, perhaps doubling the amounts, but let it sit overnight. In the morning rinse the drain with a kettle full of boiling water. This always does the trick for us and it’s soooo much better for your lungs, your pipes and the environment.
For scrubbing sinks and tubs, I simply use dish soap with baking soda. I do the same for the toilette but because we have hard water we tend to get a calcium build up that’s a little more stubborn. For this, I pour straight vinegar in the bowl, making sure it covers the buildup, and leave it overnight. By morning it’s usually dissolved.
I use pure essential oils with a defuser to keep the air in my house fresh and germ-free. Various essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral on top of smelling glorious.
You can make a general all purpose cleaner with water, vinegar and some essential oils but I personally, don’t like the smell of vinegar so I buy an eco-friendly product.
Some real DIY fans will even make their own dish and laundry soap. I haven’t gotten there yet. I buy the eco-products I happen to love, in bulk. And again, because we have hard water, and because we don’t use a dryer, I add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to my wash load and 1/4 cup of vinegar in the softener section of my washer. Everything comes out soft and oh so fresh, not over perfumed. 😛
Do your research if you choose to buy premade products. Go to the EWG’s skin deep page to check the ingredients and when you find one that’s right for you, breath easy knowing you’re doing your best for the health of yourself, your family and the planet. 🙂
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