Most natural house cleaning doesn’t need recipes, per se. Usually, you can clean most things around the house with simple natural ingredients on their own. Baking soda, for example, is perfect for cleaning the bath or cleaning the inside of the refrigeration, while ordinary vinegar alone can clean glass and can kill mould. And there are very few things that can’t or shouldn’t be cleaned with warm soapy water.
However, sometimes you need a natural domestic cleaning product that’s a bit more complicated. And sometimes it’s fun and satisfying to make your own. Try these.
Combine the following in a screw-top jar: 1 cup of water, 1 t soap gel, 1 T aloe vera gel, 1 t vegetable oil. Shake these together. Apply to a dog that has been doused with warm water. Work to a lather then rinse off. This makes enough to wash a small short-haired dog such as a fox terrier. Double the mixture for a larger dog or for a long-haired dog – or increase the amounts as needed for your dog: you will need masses for a St Bernard or Newfoundland (big and long haired).
Shake and vacuum flea powder:
Use this to treat carpets whether or not you have pets. As it’s gentle, you can use it as a flea powder on cats and dogs. Mix a cup of baking soda with 10 drops essential oil of pennyroyal. Shake over the carpet and let it sit undisturbed (shut the door, if necessary) before vacuuming. This also puts the crisp scent of pennyroyal through the house – lovely!
Aluminium saucepan polish:
If you have aluminium saucepans (some avoid them, as the aluminium can leach into your food if you cook something acidic in the pan), get them shining by putting ½ a litre of water in the pan and bringing it to the boil. Add in 1 t of vinegar and 1 cup cream of tartar. Let it boil and it will scour away the dull outer layer of aluminium from the pan.
General metal polish:
Combine equal parts of flour, salt and white vinegar to make a paste. This is good for most metals: copper, bronze, brass, pewter and stainless steel. To use it, apply it to the metal object (say a door-knocker) and leave it to do its work for an hour (put a notice below the knocker to warn any visitors or they will get an unpleasant surprise). Then rinse off with a soft cloth moistened in warm water.
Buff to a shine with another dry soft cloth.
For once, this natural cleaning recipe for wood polish does NOT involve turpentine. Simply grate about 250g of beeswax finely then melt it in a double boiler and add a litre of either linseed oil or olive oil – or any vegetable oil, really! Stir for three minutes, then remove from the heat and add 2 t of essential oil of your choice. Store in an airtight container.
Nick Vassilev is the founder of Anyclean, a successful cleaning company based in London, UK. His extensive knowledge about the cleaning industry helps him provide excellent cleaning services London and increased value for money to his clients.