As research begins to pile up on the presence of harmful chemicals in all facets of our day-to-day lives, from food to makeup to shampoo, more and more people are embracing a natural lifestyle. A lot of these products can be expensive, however, and a natural lifestyle is often synonymous with one that’s unaffordable and luxurious. We don’t think that’s very fair to those who don’t have the luxury to indulge in expensive products, and we think everyone should be aware of chemical-free alternatives to day-to-day products.
From toothpaste to soap to perfume to deodorant, if you’re going to go chemical-free these days you might as well forget about owning a house. That said, we’ve got a few secrets up our sleeve that are almost too easy to be true. These time tested recipes for household cleaners are cheaper than their chemical alternatives, and you get to enjoy feeling like a mad scientist as you cook them up, too. Best of all, you probably won’t even need to duck down to the shops because half of these ingredients are likely already in your pantry. The stars of the show are white vinegar and baking soda, and you’ll find them in pretty much all of these recipes. Already have them in your cupboard? Let’s see what you can do…
- All-purpose cleaner
This is your magic spray that you can use anywhere and everywhere. Of course it won’t be strong enough to clean everything, and that’s what the other recipes are for. Grab that baking soda and white vinegar, and if you’d like some extra fragrance and power – lavender, lemon, or tea tree essential oils. These oils all have their own disinfectant properties and will add a little extra magic to your spray. Mix 1/2 cup of the white vinegar with 2 tbsp baking soda and 10 drops of your essential oils, and you’ve got an all natural, all-purpose cleaner ready to go!
2. Mirror and glass cleaner
Want extra shiny mirrors and windows, without spraying chemicals all over them and your hands? Too easy! Just mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol, 1 tbsp of cornstarch, 2 cups of water, and 8-10 drops of essential oil if you’d like it to smell nice. Pour the combination in a spray bottle and be sure to shake well before using to integrate the cornstarch.
3. Air freshener
Don’t like the idea of spraying chemical perfumes around your home to make it smell good? Incense cones can be a little too strong for some people, and not everyone can light candles or keep oil burners in their home. An easy natural alternative to air freshner is to mix ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 ½ cups of water and 12-15 drops of pure essential oil. The best part is that you can mix and match any essential oils you like to create the perfect scent! From sandalwood to rose or lavender and orange, the choices are limitless!
4. Wood polishing spray
Cut a few extra bucks off your shopping bill and make your own furniture polish at home! All you need to keep your wooden furniture shiny and clean is ¾ cups of olive oil, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 30 drops of essential oil if you’d like it to smell good. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and be sure to shake well before use, then buff with a dry cloth afterwards.
5. Oven cleaner
If you haven’t cleaned the oven in awhile, you might be left with some super tough mildew that can be difficult to remove. A lot of people opt for chemicals when they need something heavy duty, but the stars of the show – vinegar and baking soda – are just as strong as their chemical counterparts. To clean your oven the natural way, mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and stir in 2-3 tablespoons of water slowly. Adjust as you need until you get a nice paste that you can easily spread over the walls of your ovens. Rub this paste in all over the walls of your oven, and let it rest overnight. The next morning, pour about 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray over the baking soda remnants. This is where you’ll feel like a scientist, as it should cause a foaming action that you can easily wipe clean with a damp cloth. Keep cleaning and rinsing until you have a shiny new oven!