A simple cleaning routine

DIY cleaning productsWhen you break it down you only need a small handful of basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home. I tend to refill amber spray bottles that I have bought in the past. Over the years I have developed a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Olive oil
  •  A few basic essential oils

+ Food safe kitchen spray

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup cooled boiled 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 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.

Plain vinegar also makes for a great natural rinse aid for your dishwasher.


+ Bathroom tiles

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons bicarb soda
  • 10 drops essential oils of choice – tea tree, lavender or citrusy scents are good for cleaning

Mix in a jar slowly adding the vinegar (mind the reaction), use to dampen a clean cloth then wipe over the tiles, giving the bottom of the shower a bit of extra elbow grease with a wooden scrubbing brush and a bit of castile soap if needed.


+ 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 and taps

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


+ Toilets

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.


+ Glass

  • Equal parts vinegar and water

Spray over your windows and mirrors and wipe with newspaper for sparkling clear glass.


+ Stainless steel cupboards, stove, appliances

  • Olive oil

Simply pour a few glugs onto a cloth and rub over your stainless steel, then polish with a microfibre cloth.

3 thoughts on “A simple cleaning routine”

  1. Thanks for some ideas that don’t involve vinegar! My housemate made a vinegar-based kitchen spray but we stopped using it – even when adding several drops of essential oils to the mix, what people forget to tell you about vinegar is that it stinks! I just couldn’t stand the scent of vinegar hanging in the air – I might use it in a bathroom where I could have the fan on until the odour disappeared though.

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