With two (soon to be three!) littles running around, disinfectant spray is a major staple in our house. But I really don’t want my kiddos exposed to the toxic chemicals that are usually found in commercial disinfectants. So I make this super easy, all natural disinfectant spray using just three ingredients: vinegar, lemons, and rosemary.
This is a guest post written by professionals from Home Cleaners Hanwell.
Most conventional hardwood furniture polishes are loaded with dangerous chemicals, which pollute the indoor air and the environment. This calls for preparing your own furniture polish, which doesn’t include any harmful ingredients. Check out one effective, natural and frugal furniture polish recipe.
I am so excited to be guest blogging today over at Kristy’s Cottage. I’m sharing my recipes for all-natural wood floor cleaner and polish that I use for our wood floors.
When we moved into our home, I was in love with the wood floor in the dining room. But I must admit, I was a little scared that we would ruin them! I’ve always gotten the impression that wood floors are hard to care for. Truth is, wood floors are actually wonderfully durable and pretty easy to maintain.
I clean our wood floors in our dining room about once a week. Being in the dining room where a 1 year old and a 3 year old eat meals, the floors could probably stand to be cleaned more often than that! But hey, I’m a busy mom and I do my best. 🙂
Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here. I tried the whole baking soda toilet cleaner thing – but I felt like my toilet never really got clean. I mean, sure it looked clean immediately after I was done; but it seemed to get dirty again really quickly. Much more quickly than when I used store-bought cleaners.
Now, to be clear, I always tried to use store-bought cleaners that aimed for environmentally friendly ingredients. But I still felt a bit skeptical about their non-toxicity claims and the environmental impacts of manufacturing such products. I really wanted the baking soda thing to work. Really, I did. But I eventually gave up because I was cleaning my toilet every couple of days, which made me think it wasn’t really getting clean.
Then I came across Green & Thrifty Cleaning Products by Living Well Spending Less. In the post, Ruth not only gives her recipe for a baking soda based toilet cleaner, she also explains HOW she uses it.
Here is the secret: you must empty the toilet bowl of water first.
See, I figured out that my problem was that the baking soda and essential oils would basically dissolve when I put it in the toilet bowl because I didn’t empty the water out first. So I wasn’t getting that good scrubbing action that makes baking soda work so well as a cleaner for bathrooms and kitchens.
I’m sure some of you are going “Yeah, duh. That’s no secret.” But I’m willing to bet there are at least a few of you out there who made the same mistake as me, as silly as it may be, and hopefully you’ll give it another shot because this is such a great money saver. Compared with commercial eco-friendly cleaning products, baking soda costs next to nothing. AND it is better for the environment, which is a home run in my book.
Check out this great recipe (among several others) on Living Well Spending Less. Ruth uses vinegar with her cleaner, which I also had never tried. This is so simple and doesn’t require a whole bunch of prep work or storage containers. You just mix it up in the toilet bowl. Easy-peasy.
Do you have tips or secrets to using homemade cleaning products? Share by commenting below!