Natural cleaners get the job done without harming you or the environment. They’re just as strong as brands that end with the letter ‘X’ – you know, the ones that try to sound scientific.

Natural cleaners cost much less, and they can be made much more quickly than you might think. It’s as simple as adding a few ingredients to a spray bottle plus a few drops of essential oils for scent then giving it a shake.

Natural cleaners using simple ingredients

    1. Lemon and lavender all-purpose kitchen cleaner
      • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
      • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
      • 500ml of warm water
      • 5g of baking soda

      Mix the water and baking soda, blend the remaining ingredients and store in a spray bottle. This makes a regular kitchen cleaner that is tough on grease and kind to kitchen surfaces.

    2. Heavy-duty scrub
      • Half a lemon
      • 400g Borax

      Dip the lemon as it is into the borax and scrub away. Simply rinse off the suds afterwards and you’re done.

    3. Brass cleaner
      • White vinegar or lemon juice
      • Table salt

      Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice then sprinkle on some salt. Lightly rub over the surface of the brass to remove the tarnish. Rinse with water to finish and dry with a soft cloth.

 
  1. Glass cleaner

    Put the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. To use the cleaner, spray onto the glass, wipe then squeegee off. Use a soft cloth to dry the squeegee blade between swipes.

  2. Oven cleaner

    Mix the ingredients, spray on and leave it for 20 minutes. To finish simply wipe off with a clean cloth.

  3. All-natural air freshener
    • Several orange peels
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • Several cloves
    • Pan of water

    Use this for tough kitchen odours. Add the ingredients to a pan of water, bring to the boil and leave it simmering for an hour or so.

Remember that with store brands you’re spraying petroleum-based toxic elements into the air. You can avoid all that with natural cleaners. Just look forward to improved sleep and a greater sense of well-being.