Homemade Household Cleaning products
The Essential Ingredients
Listed below are the ingredients that you will need to start making your Green household products. Some of them can be interchanged with each other within the recipes.
Good old fashioned white vinegar
I get this in large quantities as I have a place to store it. This ensures I have a regular supply as it gets used in most of my recipes. Vinegar is a time tested all-purpose cleaner. You can mix it with water to clean floors, windows and for sanitising areas. Please note it can be damaging to granite or stone.
Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda/ sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda balances the pH of anything it comes into contact with. It can neutralise odours in the fridge or smells from your drains or you can add some to the bottom of your bin. I buy this in bulk as again it has so many uses; bicarbonate of soda or baking soda can be used dry or in a paste mixed with water to create a cleaning scrub. Choose organic baking soda or bicarbonate of soda that does not contain aluminium. It can also be used as a gentle way to exfoliate the face or body using water or gentle sulphate free soap. If mixed with vinegar it foams up and this can be used to remove grease from pans or the mixture can wiped all over the inside of the oven along with the juice of half a lemon for 20 minutes then wiped clean to effortlessly keep your oven clean and fresh.
This is a natural mineral compound. This can be interchangeable with washing crystals in most recipes.
These are also known as soda crystals or washing soda. You can buy them in Tesco or online. These alone can be used to wash your clothes or add a 1 tablespoon of Castile soap to add additional foam if you wish. Use bicarbonate of soda to scrub a particular stubborn stain or leave to soak with washing soda as a pre-soak before washing. These crystals are alkaline and remove grease, dirt and reduce acidity.
Rubbing Alcohol or Cheap Vodka
Buy the cheapest vodka you can find or purchase rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) as alcohol is great for cleaning, de-greasing and killing germs it is therefore a great anti-bacterial agent.
Hydrogen Peroxide/witch hazel, surgical spirit
These are all pretty interchangeable. They are all non-toxic, cheap and provide a level of sterilising/cleaning ability.
I love this stuff, it’s an antiseptic. I use it my mouth rinse and sometimes in a cleaning spray. It kills viruses, bacteria and fungal infections.
This is a naturally occurring acid in many citrus fruits. It is sold in a crystalline powder and is particularly good for stain removal.
This can be used to clean cups with coffee or tea stains. It has a good abrasive quality so I use it along with bicarbonate of soda when I need to clean the bath. It is also good at deodorising.
Castile is a soap made from olive oil that has no lasting chemicals in the end product. It has a wide variety of uses in both cosmetic and household cleaning.
African Black Soap
This soap is made with natural ingredients and herbs and is interchangble with castile soap providing you with a non sulphate cosmetic or household cleaner.
Tea tree oil is an excellent antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic essential oil. It’s perfect for cleaning and disinfecting as it breaks through bacterial defences. If you do not like the smell, add geranium oil to any mixture. You can also use lemon or rosemary or citrus essential oils as they all have antibacterial properties.
Eucalyptus oil can be mixed with water and used as a cleaning agent and to clean and prevent mould.
Lavender oil can be wiped on any surface and will repel ants and other insects.
Is a natural solvent that removes grease.
These grow on trees and the shells contain saponins which, when they come into contact with water, release mild suds. They are environmentally friendly and have been used in India as a detergent for years.
* Lastly you will need containers for your home made products such as dishwasher liquid, household cleaner (for this you may prefer a spray bottle), air tight container for the dishwasher machine powder and a muslin bag for your soap nuts.