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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

How to Make your own cleaning products

A great way of saving money and helping the environment is to make your own non-toxic cleaning products using everyday items such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Many household cleaning products contain chemicals which are harmful to the environment and pose a risk to our health.  A few common cleaners are listed below but there are numerous recipes available on the web from spot removers to fabric conditioners.

Toilet Cleaners:

Most toilet cleaners contain chlorine which is poisonous to humans and pollutes water systems. Use vinegar to remove lime-scale and as a disinfectant. Clean the toilet with a brush and mix a little vinegar with hot water to wipe around the toilet.

Furniture Polish:

Most polishes are made using synthetic solvents, silicones and artificial perfumes. Use a damp cloth to wipe over surfaces and use polishes made from natural oils and beeswax. Make your own by mixing one part of lemon juice to two parts of olive oil.

General Purpose Cleaner:

Most contain a cocktail of powerful chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde and ethanol which are bad for the environment and poisonous. Wipe surfaces with soapy water and use vinegar diluted in warm water. To remove water lines in hard water area use neat vinegar or lemon juice. To make a general all purpose cleaner mix half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of baking soda in two litres of warmish water. Use to clean shower panels, chrome fixtures and mirrors.

Window Cleaner:

Add half a cup of vinegar to four litres of water.

Oven Cleaner: 

Make a paste of a quarter of a cup of baking soda, two teaspoons of borax, two tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of liquid soap and sufficient water to make the paste.


Simmer leaves and stems of rosemary, sage and lavender in just enough water to cover the plants for about 25 minutes. Once cool, strain and use to wipe over sinks, toilets and baths to provide a fresh scent. 

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