There’s something satisfying about making your own cleaning products. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s also better for your health and can save you a few pennies too.
Here’s 4 of my favourite cleaning products, which you too can make at home:
1. GLASS CLEANER
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)
Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Tip: Refrain from cleaning windows on a hot summer’s day – the solution may dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.
2. HEAVY-DUTY SCRUB
For rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks/tubs.
• Half a lemon
• 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it at Binn Inn, Montgomery Square, Nelson)
Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub the surface, then rinse. Note – this one isn’t safe for marble or granite.
3. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
For kitchen benches, sinks, fridges etc.
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 litre warm water
Pour solution on a clean sponge and wipe. Easy peasy!
4. BRASS CLEANER
• White vinegar or lemon juice
• Table salt
Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.
Do you make your own cleaning products? If so, I’d love to hear your recipes!