Below you will find 6 natural cleaning recipes to help you clean your entire home without the need for any harsh and harmful chemicals. All the ingredients are cheap and can be purchased in bulk, making them even cheaper and helping you to save money on cleaning supplies.
General Purpose Cleaner
The vinegar in this mix gives it antibacterial properties and helps to remove odours. The dishwashing liquid cuts through oil, grease and grime leaving surfaces clean.
In a spray bottle, mix:
1 part vinegar
1 part water
Squirt of dishwashing liquid
Simply spray and wipe.
For stubborn marks or dried on stuff, try spraying and leaving for a few minutes before wiping.
Sprinkle with a course grain salt (not rock salt) on HOT spill
Leave for 10-15 minutes
Use bicarbonate soda to scrub stubborn spots.
Always rinse off with dishwashing liquid and water solution.
Mineral water is great for removing any chemical residue left in your oven from previously.
Window and Glass Cleaner
Dries to a shinny, clean, streak-free finish.
1 cup methylated spirits
1 cup vinegar
2 cups water
Using a soft brush, brush off all loose dirt (dustpan brush or kitchen broom is ideal)
Apply mixture and rub with scrunched newspaper until removes all streaks
You may need to repeat for really dirty windows and glass
Be sure to wear gloves
I find it best to mix it up in a spray bottle and then spray into windows.
Removes most dirt, grime and soap scum without scrubbing and leaves no film on your tiles.
In a spray bottle, mix:
1/4 cup vinegar
3 L water
1/4 cup methylated spirits
Clean your bathroom as you usually would.
Sprinkle bicarbonate soda on the grout and rub with a toothbrush or scrubbing brush dipped in vinegar (it will fizz).
1 Cup Bi-Carbonate Soda
1 Cup Vinegar
Pour bi-carbonate Soda into jug, bowl etc. of vinegar. The mix will fizz, so quickly pour it down the drain while still fizzing.
Leave it for a minute or two to allow the fizzing to dislodge any hair etc stuck in the drain pipe. Then follow with a kettle of boiling water.
Repeat until satisfied drain is totally unclogged.
2 parts cooking or baby oil
1 part lemon (or other citrus) juice
Wipe with a soft cloth
Cigarette/mozzie coil ash for heat marks or stubborn marks.
Mix with a tiny drop of water to make a paste.
Rub on area and leave for a few minutes.
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Virginia is a busy 'Mum' to 5 girls, juggling 2 small businesses, a blog, university and children. When she's not working or looking after her family, Virginia spends most of her time outdoors- usually in the garden. Calling the Mid North Coast of New South Wales home, Virginia is lucky enough to be able to enjoy the bush and the beach with-in walking distance of her home.
Passionate about animals and wildlife, Virginia also breeds budgerigars and rabbits. With veggie gardens lining her fences, Virginia is often found cooking and always feeds her children the freshest of foods, free from preservatives, additives and all those other nasties.
With 5 kids and a menagerie of animals around her home, and a busy schedule, germs are not welcome in Virginia's home. Virginia has become an expert at cleaning. There isn't anything she can't clean!
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