The cost of everything at the supermarket is going one way at the moment – UP! So there’s no better time to embrace natural cleaning products at home which is not only better for your health (no more stinky fumes) but also saves you money at the checkout (we all know how quickly commercial cleaning sprays can add up!).
Here’s how you can make your own kitchen spray and enjoy natural cleaning at home! It’s good for you, the planet AND your budget!
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Natural cleaning give parents extra peace of mind!
Perfect for families with young children, an all-natural kitchen cleaner gives you added reassurance that the food your toddler has just plonked on the just-cleaned kitchen bench won’t be coming in contact with any chemicals.
Save money and reduce chemicals in your home
Making your own kitchen surface cleaning spray will not only save you money since you won’t need to add ready-made bottles to your supermarket trolley BUT you’ll be reducing the number of chemicals you expose yourself to in your home. It’s a win, win!
You likely already have everything you need to get started
Making your own cleaning sprays is easier than you realise, I love this recipe from Green and Simple. You don’t need any obscure ingredients either. In fact, most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry! However, you’ll need a spray bottle. You don’t need anything fancy, though glass is a great option. Otherwise, check out if you have any empties in the recycling bin that you can use.
Ready to make your own natural cleaning surface spray? Check out the recipes below.
How to make a DIY surface cleaning spray
What you need
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Bi-carb soda
- Essential oils (completely optional)
- In a jug mix three parts of water with one part of white vinegar.
- Add to the mix two teaspoons of bi-carb soda. Mix in.
- If the faint vinegar smell bothers you, add just a few drops of essential oil. Citrus, peppermint or lavender are all great options.
- Pour into your spray bottle and you’re done.
Perfect for wiping over bathroom and kitchen benches to clean up or just a spritz to refresh. Because of the bi-carb soda in it, just give the bottle a quick shake before spraying and wipe over the surface with a cloth. Too easy. It’s super clean, cheap and chemical-free!
WARNING: Vinegar is NOT recommended for marble, granite or stone surfaces.
But vinegar stinks, doesn’t it?
You got me there! Indeed vinegar does have a really strong smell, however when using it for cleaning you dilute it and the smell fades as it dries. That way it’s not as potent to smell as it is undiluted. You can always mask the smell of vinegar with essential oil if that’s more your cleaning vibe. Easy!
So what makes cleaning with vinegar so awesome? Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, containing 5% acetic acid, which has antimicrobial properties. It also cuts through grease and grime with ease, which you want when cleaning a kitchen. PLUS it’s cheap as chips and I for one, very much love that.
DIY surface cleaning spray – suitable for most stone benches*
What you need
- Spray bottle
- 1 tsp bi-carb soda
- 1 tsp castile soap
- 500ml water
- Essential oils (optional)
- If using essential oils, mix a few drops of those with the castile soap first and then pour them into the spray bottle.
- Add the remaining ingredients and shake well to combine.
- Again, to disperse the essential oils and bi-carb soda, always shake the bottle well before spraying.
*Always patch test first!
What else can I clean with stuff from my pantry?
If you have bi-carb soda and vinegar, you’re just about unstoppable in the cleaning department! From cleaning your oven to deodorising your family-friendly, very lived-in carpets, bi-carb soda can do it all, check out our 13 Clever Ways to Clean with Bi-Carb for more amazing ideas.
Vinegar is an absolute powerhouse at cleaning windows to descaling kettles – you’ve got to see it to believe it! We have plenty of uses for vinegar here – 14 Vinegar Cleaning Hacks That’ll Change Your Cleaning Game.
Are you mindful of being low-tox at home, choosing natural cleaning products or even making your own? We’d love to hear from you with your tips and tricks in the comments below!