Cleanness is a key to a healthy life and to feel well in your own home. Unfortunately, most bought cleaners contain highly toxic ingredients, which are dangerous for you and your environment. There are even rumors, that regular cleaning is as unhealthy as smoking. Some ingredients in bought cleaners are even suspected to cause cancer so, cleaning your house could make you sick.
I decided to produce cleaners myself. I know this sounds quite complicated, but I can promise it is really easy to do it yourself. There is especially one recipe which is easy to make on your own – The homemade all-purpose cleaner. This recipe has a further advantage, it is mostly made out of kitchen scraps. And this is how it works.
What you need:
- The peel of limes, oranges or lemons
- White vinegar
- A glass container or mason jar
All you have to do now, is to put the peels into the mason jar and fill the jar with white vinegar until the peels are completely covered. In my example I used the peel of 5 Lemons for a 1,5l jar. If you don’t have the peel of 5 lemons at once, you can also add a peel every now and then. Afterwards you need to close the jar tightly.
Now the mixture has to stay at a dark place for around two weeks. After that, you can remove the peels and fill the homemade all-purpose cleaner into a spray bottle.
I know some people might think that it will smell like vinegar, but that will not be the case. This homemade all-purpose cleaner has a wonderful lemon smell and makes your home smell fresh and clean.
How to use the homemade all-purpose cleaner
First of all, you can use the homemade all-purpose cleaner simply as a “spray and wipe” cleaner. Just spray it on the spot you want to clean and then wipe it dry. However, as the cleaner contains a high percentage of acid, you should try it on an unobtrusive spot.
Furthermore, you can pour some homemade all-purpose cleaner in you water filled cleaning bucket to clean floors, bathroom tiles or other surfaces.
In any cases you should avoid using the cleaner on natural stone surfaces like marble. It will cause some unremovable stains and discoloration. Furthermore, you should take care if you want to use it on textiles, due to its high percentage of acid it has a bleaching effect.
Advantages of homemade all-purpose cleaner
Making your own cleaners is always a possibility to avoid unnecessary waste. First of all, it doesn’t come in a plastic container and if you have some empty spray bottles of bought cleaners left, you can reuse them.
No toxic ingredients
Every year there are hundreds of accidents, where children swallow cleaners and get seriously sick. All ingredients of the homemade all-purpose cleaner are completely harmless for you, your kids, your pets and the environment. But still, don’t let your kids play with cleaners, even if they are homemade.
All ingredients are easy to buy
Everything you need are some lemons, or even only the leftovers of them and some random white vinegar. You can buy everything in the supermarket or even grow it on your own. (Here is the recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar)
Well, in my case I grow lemons in my own garden, therefore I can get them for free. But even if you need to buy them, you will just need the leftovers of it and at a certain time of the year they become very cheap anyways. Furthermore, you can buy the white vinegar for a reasonable price in every supermarket. In total your homemade all-purpose cleaner will cost you around NZ$ 1.70.
If there is still a bad scent after cleaning also try the homemade air-freshener.