Whether you have just run out of your favourite detergent or you want to use a more natural, chemical-free cleaning method, there are a few natural cleaning ingredients that you can use for many purposes in the home. These ingredients are probably sitting in your home right now, and they can be used as effective cleaning solutions that are more cost-effective and eco-friendly.
The following natural ingredients can be combined into homemade detergents and solutions that are ideal for specific jobs. Vinegar, lemon and salt are the most common ingredients that can be used as cleaners as they can kill bacteria, scrub off dirt and leave a fresh scent behind.
All-purpose scented cleaner - lemon and vinegar
All you need to make this fantastic all-purpose cleaner are a few lemons (or limes), water and vinegar. Mix some lemon juice and rind with water and vinegar in a bowl. Allow the mixture to infuse for a day or two before transferring it to a spray bottle.
This homemade all-purpose cleaner can be used to eliminate hard water stains, disinfect trash cans and remove wall smudges. Lemon rind leaves a pleasant aroma and has a natural cleaning effect. You can also add rosemary sprigs to create more of a fragrance. Read more on ways to get rid of common stains.
Brass cleaner - lemon, vinegar and salt
To disinfect non-lacquered cabinet handles, bathroom appointments and other brass surfaces, dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice and sprinkle it with salt. Rub lightly over the surface, then thoroughly rinse with water. Dry immediately with a clean soft cloth. This will leave your brass shiny and clean.
Mould cleaner - tea tree oil
This mixture may not be as strong as bleach, but it will help to keep mould at bay in an eco-friendly way. Simply combine two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water. Spray the infected area with the solution. It is a much more sustainable and natural way of getting rid of mould without using harsh chemicals like bleach - plus it is better for your skin and clothes if you happen to spill some.
Bathroom cleaner - vinegar
A simple solution of one part vinegar to one part water can be used to clean your shower head and taps in the bathroom. In essence, this can be used as an all-purpose bathroom cleaner for shiny metallic surfaces, including bath handrails. Vinegar can also be used to clean the inside of your washing machine. Just add one cup of vinegar and baking soda into your washing machine, give it a quick rub and then run a rinse cycle to flush the tub.
Marble cleaner - dishwashing liquid
The next time you want to scrub natural stone countertops or floors, combine dishwashing detergent and water. Sponge over the marble and thoroughly clean to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not allow the marble to dry naturally. While dishwashing liquid may not be a ‘natural’ ingredient - it is a common household product that can be used in more ways than one.
These are a few of the sustainable ways of cleaning your home by using natural ingredients. They can be combined to create cheap and cheerful cleaning products without the risk of harmful chemicals. However, some aspects of your home need to be cleaned by a professional team that is knowledgeable. IWESCO minimises the impact on the environment with sustainable cleaning methods, so please contact us today to get a quote.
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