With a few basic ingredients that are found in every kitchen, you can prepare detergents that suit all your cleaning needs. By rough calculation, the price is about a quarter, and the profit in terms of health and the environment is 100 times.
Even people that don’t want to “follow the natural fad” can replace some highly toxic products (such as grease remover and bleach) with natural products, and already take a big step in the right direction.
And from my experience, you will want to replace more and more toxins with better solutions.
I started with a substitute for a grease remover because the smell of the chemical was just awful. Today my whole house is natural and all the house members are happy about it. I have a 3-year-old and my peace of mind that he won’t get his little curious hands on toxic detergents is already worth the effort.
I’ve prepared a list of the most basic detergents I use.
Powdered Tub/Sink Detergent
- Mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of kosher salt.
- Wet the sides of the tub/sink.
- Sprinkle all over the tub or sink.
I recommend not breathing in the substance while applying it, because it can cause sneezing – but it’s the only negative side effect of this substance, as opposed to bleach which is toxic.
- Scrub the whole tub with a coarse brush or a coarse dish sponge until all the dirt comes off.
- Rinse with water.
The added value of this cleaning mixture is that if there is a bad smell that comes up from the drain, it will also disappear.
Detergent for Hard Dirt in the Kitchen
If there is hard dirt that needs to be cleaned, such as pots with sticky food scraps, dirty stove, etc. you can make a detergent that is suitable for hard dirt.
- Mix baking soda with water until the consistency resembles a toothpaste.
- Spread over a dish sponge, and rub the dirt.
You can store in a well-sealed container or re-prepare each time.
Natural and thorough cleaning for the oven
After the oven is completely cold, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven in a thin layer, but make sure everything is covered with baking soda.
In a spray bottle, mix 50% warm water and 50% vinegar.
Spray all over the soda. Don’t soak it too much to the point that the liquid starts overflowing, but the soda should be wet.
Spray the sides of the oven with the water and vinegar mixture.
If the spray or soda touches the heating element, wiped it immediately.
After the vinegar touches the soda there will be a little foam and that’s fine.
Let it stand for 30 minutes, then rub with a kitchen cleaning brush or a dish sponge. Don’t use a metal sponge so as not to damage the coating of the oven.
If there is very hard dirt that is stuck, you can repeat the action as necessary.
Mix 5 tablespoons baking soda in a cup of vinegar.
Pour into the toilet and let it sit for an hour.
Scrub with the brush until everything is clean.
Rinse with water.
Stir the mixture over the toilet or sink because it may foam.
Cleaning the drainage and opening light blockages
Mix 5 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of vinegar.
Slowly pour into the drain and let it sit for an hour.
Pour in boiling water.
If there’s a really bad smell or a more serious blockage, you can leave it for the night and pour boiling water in the morning.
Fill a bucket with water and pour in half a cup of baking soda.
Wash the floor as usual. No need to wash after that with clean water.
Substitute for a grease remover
If the stove is dirty in a way that requires a grease remover, instead of breathing toxic and dangerous fumes, you can use vinegar of any kind.
Spray the stove with the vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes.
Hard dirt can be scrubbed with a dish sponge, but most of the dirt will come off with a wet cleaning cloth.
Don’t spray the burners, just on the stove area.
If there is burnt and sticky fat (which even with a grease remover had to be cleaned several times), repeat the process.
Spray, wait, scrub and rinse.
Or use the Detergent for hard dirt in the kitchen that appears above.
Fill one spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide.
In a separate spray bottle, mix 50/50 water and vinegar.
Spray the hydrogen peroxide on the area you want to disinfect, then spray the water with the vinegar, wait a minute and wipe with a wet cloth.
You can’t mix the two ingredients together in the same bottle!! It creates a negative chemical reaction.
Glass Cleaning Spray
In a spray bottle, mix 4 cups of warm water and a quarter cup of vinegar.
Mix well and use like any window spray.
Multifunction cleansing spray
In a 1 litre spray bottle mix:
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tbsp vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Mix well and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Suitable for cleaning ceramics, china, kitchen cabinets, fridge, and any other surface that needs cleaning in the “spray and wipe” process.
Varieties and improvements:
You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil and get lavender-scented spray (a very popular smell in detergents), a few drops of lemon essential oil, or any other essential oil you like.
An interesting trick to clean limescale from the toilet
Pour a 1.5-liter bottle of Coca-Cola inside the toilet from top to bottom and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Flush. If there’s limescale that the Cola didn’t remove, rub a little with the brush.