We all have our favourite cleaning products that we like to use. However, you can’t get away from the benefits of homemade cleaning products, so we’ve come up with a list of the 7 easiest and most commonly found ingredients in your home.
1. Wood polish – Lemon juice & olive oil
Wood can easily lose its life and shine, and become stained by everyday items like mugs of tea. To restore some life back into your wooden furniture, use a bowl to mix 2 cups of olive oil with cup of lemon juice. Dip a clean cloth into the mix and apply to wood in circular motions. This has a moisturising effect and can also prevent splits and splinters.
2. Glass cleaner – Cider vinegar
Combine 2 cups of water with ½ a cup apple cider vinegar into a trigger spray bottle (you can add a splash of citrus juice for a nice scent!). Once sprayed, use a microfibre glass cloth to clean mirrors, windows and shower doors.
3. Surface cleaner/degreaser – Lemon juice
Lemons are naturally antibacterial so combine 1 cup of water with the juice of 2 lemons, and add ½ a cup of white vinegar into a trigger spray bottle. You can also add essential oils – lavender and orange both work well and add a fresh scent.
4. Stainless steel cleaner – Olive oil
Use a soft cloth to apply olive oil in a circular motion, and use white vinegar to wipe the surface when you are finished. This works well on stainless steel cookers, kitchen appliances and workstation handles. One of the simplest homemade cleaning products!
5. Pan cleaner/degreaser – Salt
Find removing burnt on stains impossible to remove? Not anymore with one of the super simple homemade cleaning products – salt! Pour salt over the area and leave for a few minutes. Scrub the bottom of the pan with a damp sponge and your metal will be clean and grease-free!
6. Fabric softener – White vinegar
Add a splash of white vinegar to your wash instead of fabric softener. This helps to soften clothes and prevent creasing. Add about half a cap into your wash – don’t worry, the smell vanishes so you won’t end up smelling like a chippy!
7. Bathroom cleaner – Grapefruit
Use half a grapefruit and some salt to scrub bathtubs, wall tiles and shower cubicles. The abrasive side will remove most tough stains, and will smell lovely afterwards. You’ll also benefit from the natural antibacterial properties. Make sure to rinse afterwards.
Happy homemade cleaning!
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