A simple cleaning routine

Simple Cleaning copy_smlWhen you break it down you only need about five basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home, I tend to refill nice spray bottles that I’ve bought in the past and I keep the labels on to make it clear which is which. Here are a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials to have on hand:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • Vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Essential oils

+ Food safe kitchen spray

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons vanilla essence

Mix in a spray bottle and keep on hand to spray the kitchen bench. The vodka is enough to make the spray a disinfectant yet it’s completely food safe without the need for nasty chemicals.

+ To soak pots & pans

  • Sprinkle on 2 tablespoons bicarb soda
  • Pour 1/4 cup vinegar

Let it bubble & fizz for a few minutes, then fill the pot to the top with water and soak overnight, scrub lightly with steel wool in the morning if required.

+ Bathroom tiles

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons bicarb soda
  • 10 drops essential oils of choice – I like eucalyptus, lavender or citrusy scents for cleaning

Wipe over the tiles with a clean cloth, giving the bottom of the shower a bit of extra elbow grease with a wooden scrubbing brush.

+ Floors

  • Hot water
  • Small squirt of castile soap
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils of choice (not citrus if you have wooden floors)

Mix in a jar and pour a small amount over your mop cloth before mopping each room, then pop the cloth in the laundry when you’re done and let the floors air dry.

+ Shower screens, windows and stainless steel taps

  • I just use a microfibre cloth with a bit of water.

+ Toilets

  • 1 tablespoon of bi-carb soda
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of essential oils of choice

Sprinkle the bowl with the bi-carb soda, add the vinegar and essential oils, scrub with the toilet brush and let it sit for a few minutes before flushing.

What about you, any homemade cleaning solutions that you love?

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