Spring is upon us and pleasant light beaming through our windows may reveal a light coating of grime that winter left behind. What to do but open the windows, pull on our rubber gloves and give the place a good clean!
These days there are a variety of vegan and animal-friendly products on the market, as well as ones boasting natural ingredients. However, there is another option: making your own cleaning products from vegan, natural products that you have around the house which ultimately cost pennies.
There are many websites to guide you in making your own cleaning products, and most of them boast 4 simple main ingredients for your homemade cleaning kit: vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil.
Vinegar has a multitude of uses; some websites offer hundreds of different things that it can be used for. It is perfect for cleaning because of its naturally occurring acidic properties – as is also the case with lemon juice. Vinegar can be used as an all-purpose cleaner if you combine 1 part water with 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. Vinegar Tips offers a long list of things that vinegar can be used to clean.
Olive oil is very useful to use as a polish and on woodwork, which is a very useful alternative to beeswax. E-How offers a recipe and tutorial on how to use oil as furniture polish on both varnished and unvarnished wood.
It seems like lemons can be used to clean almost anything, even ourselves! If you’d like more tips on how to clean your home with lemons see this blog: http://guidetogreenliving.blogspot.com/2006/07/natural-cleaning-recipes.html
Baking soda is good for your tough cleaning jobs, as it gets through grease, dried spills and hard stains. It is also apparently great for unclogging blocked drains. There are many uses for baking soda.
Making your own cleaning products has so many positives: you know exactly what is going into your cleaning products, so you can be assured they’re vegan; it’s cheap and easy, and it’s good for the environment (not to mention you since the products you are making will be a lot less toxic then most store-bought brands)! This is definitely an area where we can learn a lot from looking back to the way people cleaned before the commercial cleaner industry developed.
What are your favourite natural cleaner recipes and/or websites?