Updated: Jul 12, 2019
Simple guide to developing your own Green Cleaning Kit
The benefits of ditching the chemicals and switching to a natural cleaning regime include having a healthier and safer home, a simplified approach with just 3 spray bottles and a significantly lower environmental impact.
Step 1: Disinfectant
Pour 500ml white vinegar into a glass container or whatever container you have handy. Add orange peels from 1 or 2 oranges (or any citrus peels you like!) and leave it to steep for 1 – 2 weeks. Pass the vinegar through a sieve to remove the peel and decant it into a spray bottle. I also add some essential oil to further improve the smell. (e.g. 10 drops of orange essential oil). If you are not using amber glass bottles then ideally store your vinegar in a dark cupboard to preserve the essential oils. Just spray and wipe!
Note: As vinegar is acidic, please do not use this on marble, granite, any other porous stone or delicate surfaces.
Step 2: Glass Cleaner
Pour 1 cup of the prepared orange vinegar and 1 cup of water into a spray bottle. Just spray onto the glass surface and wipe with a cloth or newspaper. Ecloths are also a good option for glass cleaning.
Note: As this contains vinegar which is acidic, please do not use this on delicate surfaces.
Step 3: Multipurpose Cleaner
Pour 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of Castile soap into a spray bottle. You can add some essential oils to this in order to improve the antibacterial effect (e.g. eucalyptus, bergamot (my personal favourite!), cinnamon, lemongrass, basil, lemon, peppermint or rosemary) or to give it a scent that you enjoy. Just spray onto the surface and wipe with a cloth. This is a gentle, but effective, versatile cleaner.
Step 4: Scouring Powder
Fill a shaker with baking soda. This is very effective when used in conjunction with the multipurpose spray to clean your bath, shower and sinks. Just make sure to rinse it off well and dry it with a cloth so you don't get any residue.
That's it and this kit meets 95% of my cleaning needs!