Can't get your hands on your everyday cleaning essentials or simply want to move over to the natural side? Try these 3 cleaning products you can make at home.

natural lemon cleaning product - top 3 natural cleaning products you can make at home - inspiration - goodhomesmagazine.com 

Image: Crema Joe

During these challenging times you might be finding it harder to get your hands on some of your everyday cleaning products. Well, it's the perfect excuse to try to be more environmentally conscious and make your own out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.

Fern Green, author of Natural Home Cleaning: Over 100 Ways to Clean Your Home Naturally, lets us know 3 of her top natural cleaning products.

1. Washing up liquid

washing up storagem n-  top 3 natural cleaning products you can make at home - inspiration - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Annie Spratt 

Most of us use washing up liquid to do our dishes on a daily basis, so swapping your chemical cleaner for a more natural version will definitely make a difference.

Ingredients

  • 11⁄2 teaspoons washing soda or sodium carbonate
  • 160 ml Castile liquid soap
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Method

  1. Boil 500 ml water and leave until warm
  2. Add to the washing soda and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the Castile soap, glycerine, aloe vera and essential oils and stir.
  4. Place in the bottle ready to use.

All-purpose bathroom cleaner

white bathroom suite - top 3 natural cleaning products you can make at home - inspiration - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Phil Hearing]

Not only will this natural all-purpose cleaner effectively disinfect your bathroom but it'll make it smell nice, too! 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon Castile liquid soap
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Method

  1. Add the hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap and 21⁄2 tablespoons water to a small spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Shake well.

Washing detergent

caple washing machine - top 3 natural cleaning products you can make at home - inspiration - goodhomesmagazine.com 

Image: Caple

If you suffer from certain allergies or can't find a washing detergent that is gentle enough for your skin, try making this natural liquid detergent. 

Ingredients

  • 250g borax
  • 250g washing soda or sodium carbonate
  • 250 ml Castile liquid soap
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil

Ingredients

  1. Boil 1.5 litres water, then turn off the heat and add the borax and washing soda.
  2. Stir thoroughly. In a bucket, mix the Castile soap with 2.5 litres room-temperature water.
  3. Add the lemon essential oil. Pour the hot mixture into the bucket and stir.
  4. Pour into glass jars for storage.
  5. Use 60 ml for each wash. If you have a stubborn stain, put some detergent directly on the stain and leave for 30 minutes before washing with the rest of your load.

 

Do you have any natural cleaning tips? Let us know on social! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.

 

RELATED ARTICLES

How to plant an eco-friendly garden border

Top tips on how to be productive when working from home

6 sustainable ideas for your kitchen

blue-modern-shaker-style-kitchen
Home Tours

Explore this classic Shaker-style kitchen with a modern twist

A single-storey extension allowed for this classic but contemporary kitchen and dining space that is perfect for entertaining. Image: The Main...
kitchen-planning-flooring
Kitchen

Kitchen planning guide: how to choose flooring

Create a brilliant base to your new kitchen design by getting your choice of floors right. We look at the material options and design styles you should...
 
monochrome-panelled-bathroom-tou
Home Tours

Tour this monochrome bathroom scheme with traditional wall panelling

Black brassware, traditional-style panelling and marble tiles give this bathroom makeover the wow-factor.   Image: David Giles Homeowner Sharon...
bathroom-mirrors
Bathroom

How to choose the perfect bathroom mirror

Whether you’re brushing your teeth at night or getting ready in the morning, the right mirror will transform your bathroom experience. Find some of the...
bedroom-paint-ideas
Bedroom

Bedroom paint ideas: 6 creative schemes to try

Get creative with your next decorating project and take inspiration from these bedroom paint ideas.    Image: Benjamin Moore Is it about time...
 
kitchen-planning-guide-lighting
Kitchen

Kitchen planning guide: lighting ideas for open-plan spaces

In the modern open-plan kitchen, getting the right mix of lighting is more important than ever.  Image: Pooky Once upon a time, the kitchen was a...
meyer-homes-john-lewis-competition Win
Competitions

How to win a £1,000 John Lewis & Partners gift card

Here's how to win a £1,000 John Lewis & Partners gift card and a personalised design consultation. Image: John Lewis & Partners Developer...