When it comes to cleaning, most of us have a stockpile of various sprays and bottles to tackle the dirt and grime of the kitchen, the bathroom, the floors, the windows – the list is endless. The problem is that the majority of these products are packed with chemicals that are harmful not only to our own health, but to the environment. While these products may be convenient – ready to use and cheap – they come a price.

Luckily, there are a number of steps we can take to reduce our dependence and switch to using natural ingredients that are not only as effective, but much safer and environmentally friendly. Most natural cleaners can be made from a few simple ingredients – as long as you have salt, baking soda, vinegar, water, essential oils and a few other staples, you’ll be able to clean just about anything.

Here are 10 of the best tips for cleaning your home naturally:

 

Kitchen countertops

Keep your kitchen surfaces clean and bacteria-free with this natural all purpose cleaner. Simply combine 3 parts filtered water, 1-part white vinegar, 1-2 TSP. lemon juice, 5-7 drops of essential oil.

An alternative is to add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Grapefruit extract has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, making it the perfect natural cleaner. It also has a great scent that will leave your home smelling fresh and summery.

 

Drains

Unclog blocked drains by pouring ½ cup soda, followed by ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth and wait for 5 minutes. Remove the cloth and then flush with steaming-hot water.

 

Washing Machine

For a natural alternative to chemical-filled fabric softeners, pour ¼ cup of white vinegar into the final rinse cycle to achieve the same softening effect.

You can also skip the bleach by adding ¼ to a ½ cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle for and watch your whites naturally brighten.

 

Sink & Bath Tub

Baking soda is the king of natural cleaning. Simply sprinkle some over the surface of a ceramic/porcelain sink/tub and use a scrubbing brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface (add a few drops of essential oil with the soda if you want to leave a nice scent). Rinse the surface with clean water.

Help get rid of any stains with the following paste: a 1:1 mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar, plus a little lemon juice. Let this sit for 30 minutes and then rinse.

 

Stainless Steel

Clean your stainless steel appliances with a mixture of cream of tartar and water. Rub clean and leave to dry.

 

Fridge

Help prevent any dodgy odours from taking hold of your fridge by keeping a jar of baking soda in it. This will help to neutralize any unpleasant smells and keep them from contaminating the fridge and any other foods.

Simply combine baking soda (1 cup) and a few drops of lemon essential oil in a storage container. Store the container in the fridge. Change after one month.

 

Oven

Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of your oven, and then spray with water. Allow to sit for a few hours, and then scrub away the build-up with a sponge. Wipe the surface with a wet cloth, and it should be sparkling clean.

 

Wood Floors

Get rid of chemical-filled wood cleaners and make your own with a mixture of hot water, olive/jojoba oil, white vinegar, and lemon essential oil. Simply combine and get mopping!

 

Silver

Polish your silver by gently rubbing items with any natural toothpaste (avoid any with baking soda to prevent scratches). Rinse, dry, and watch them shine.

 

Glass

Clean your glass with a bottle of cheap vodka and a clean cloth. Don’t worry about the smell, it quickly dissipates as it dries. Simply spray some on glass surfaces and wipe it off.

When it comes to cleaning, most of us have a stockpile of various sprays and bottles to tackle the dirt and grime of the kitchen, the bathroom, the floors, the windows – the list is endless. The problem is that the majority of these products are packed with chemicals that are harmful not only to our own health, but to the environment. While these products may be convenient – ready to use and cheap – they come a price.

Luckily, there are a number of steps we can take to reduce our dependence and switch to using natural ingredients that are not only as effective, but much safer and environmentally friendly. Most natural cleaners can be made from a few simple ingredients – as long as you have salt, baking soda, vinegar, water, essential oils and a few other staples, you’ll be able to clean just about anything.

Here are 10 of the best tips for cleaning your home naturally:

 

Kitchen countertops

Keep your kitchen surfaces clean and bacteria-free with this natural all purpose cleaner. Simply combine 3 parts filtered water, 1-part white vinegar, 1-2 TSP. lemon juice, 5-7 drops of essential oil.

An alternative is to add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Grapefruit extract has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, making it the perfect natural cleaner. It also has a great scent that will leave your home smelling fresh and summery.

 

Drains

Unclog blocked drains by pouring ½ cup soda, followed by ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth and wait for 5 minutes. Remove the cloth and then flush with steaming-hot water.

 

Washing Machine

For a natural alternative to chemical-filled fabric softeners, pour ¼ cup of white vinegar into the final rinse cycle to achieve the same softening effect.

You can also skip the bleach by adding ¼ to a ½ cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle for and watch your whites naturally brighten.

 

Sink & Bath Tub

Baking soda is the king of natural cleaning. Simply sprinkle some over the surface of a ceramic/porcelain sink/tub and use a scrubbing brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface (add a few drops of essential oil with the soda if you want to leave a nice scent). Rinse the surface with clean water.

Help get rid of any stains with the following paste: a 1:1 mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar, plus a little lemon juice. Let this sit for 30 minutes and then rinse.

 

Stainless Steel

Clean your stainless steel appliances with a mixture of cream of tartar and water. Rub clean and leave to dry.

 

Fridge

Help prevent any dodgy odours from taking hold of your fridge by keeping a jar of baking soda in it. This will help to neutralize any unpleasant smells and keep them from contaminating the fridge and any other foods.

Simply combine baking soda (1 cup) and a few drops of lemon essential oil in a storage container. Store the container in the fridge. Change after one month.

 

Oven

Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of your oven, and then spray with water. Allow to sit for a few hours, and then scrub away the build-up with a sponge. Wipe the surface with a wet cloth, and it should be sparkling clean.

 

Wood Floors

Get rid of chemical-filled wood cleaners and make your own with a mixture of hot water, olive/jojoba oil, white vinegar, and lemon essential oil. Simply combine and get mopping!

 

Silver

Polish your silver by gently rubbing items with any natural toothpaste (avoid any with baking soda to prevent scratches). Rinse, dry, and watch them shine.

 

Glass

Clean your glass with a bottle of cheap vodka and a clean cloth. Don’t worry about the smell, it quickly dissipates as it dries. Simply spray some on glass surfaces and wipe it off.