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How to Make Natural Cleaning Products

Many people these days want to know how to make natural cleaning products. The reasons are varied, but can include one or more of the following reasons, including saving money, and reducing the chemicals used in their homes, to both protect the health of their family and the environment. You will see some natural cleaning recipes below, and find out the most commonly used ingredients for these products.

The most common natural cleaning ingredients used for making your own cleaners includes:

  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable based liquid soap, such as castile soap
  • Essential oils
  • Water
  • White vinegar

All of these substances are naturally occurring, and also contain no animal based products. There are even more natural cleaning products available, such as borax, washing soda, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and even lemon juice, but the ones mentioned above are the most common, and are the ones you should start with first if you are just beginning to make your own natural cleaners.

The most overlooked natural cleaner, of course, is water.  Water can often be used, by itself, to clean many things in your home. Of course, adding some of these additional ingredients can add to the effectiveness of the water, making it clean even better. Here are three recipes for natural cleaning products that can be used to clean most of your home simply, cheaply, and effectively.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner – Combine two cups warm water, 2 tablespoons of vegetable based soap, such as castile soap, and five drops of essential oil into a spray bottle, and shake to combine. The cleaner will work without the essential oils, but if added they provide a nice scent. In addition, if you choose a citrus oil, such as lemon or orange oil, it will also help the cleaner cut grease even more effectively. Spray this natural cleaner on any hard surface and clean as usual, and rinse when done.

Natural Soft Scrubber – Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda with just enough vegetable based liquid soap to make a thick paste which is approximately the consistency of icing. Dip a sponge or rag into this paste and scrub any hard surface in your home that has a bit of grime on it, such as your bathtub or shower. The very fine grit in the baking soda will safely and effectively act as a soft abrasive, removing all the grime from these hard surfaces, all without harsh chemicals. When clean rinse the surface thoroughly and dry.

Natural Window Cleaning Solution – Combine equal parts distilled white vinegar and hot water into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray this window cleaning solution onto your windows and mirrors, and wipe with old newspaper or a lint free rag.

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