Eco-friendly natural cleaners include vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon and essential oils.
Eco-friendly natural cleaners include vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon and essential oils. Geo-grafika

OPINION: Make your own natural cleaners

DIY cleaning products are a great way to eliminate chemicals in your home while saving some pennies. There are a couple of really great recipes around for natural, all-purpose cleaners made with essential oils. Here are a few of our favourites. First of all you will need a spray bottle.

 

Eucalyptus oil all-purpose cleaner:

WHAT YOU NEED:

15 drops of eucalyptus oil

1/2 cup white vinegar

Water

WHAT YOU DO: Add the eucalyptus oil and the vinegar to a clean spray bottle. Fill with tap water and mix. Great for showers, bench-tops and basins.

 

Lavender disinfectant spray:

WHAT YOU NEED:

1/2 cup white vinegar

6 drops of lavender essential oil

Water

WHAT YOU DO: Add the lavender drops and vinegar to the spray bottle and fill with water. Great for cleaning the bathroom and toilet or anywhere you would usually use disinfectant or antibacterial spray.

 

Orange oil all-round cleaner:

WHAT YOU NEED:

15 drops of orange oil

3 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda

Water

WHAT YOU DO: Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well. Good for use anywhere you would use Spray and Wipe. Perfect for kitchen benchtops.

 

Soapnut multi-purpose spray:

WHAT YOU NEED:

25 grams of Soapnuts

500ml of boiling water

A few drops of eucalyptus oil

WHAT YOU DO: Add the Soapnuts to the boiling water and let it steep for 30 minutes. Drain and discard the soapnut shells (or use them in your washing machine) and add the eucalyptus oil. Place in a spray bottle and use for all purposes.


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