Natural spring cleaning recipes

Spring cleaning is a chore which none of us looks forward to. However, these homemade and natural cleaning recipes can add a unique twist on your usual cleaning routine. If you already have a few favourite essential oils you can often incorporate them into different recipes to make your home smell and feel exactly how you want it too, adding a special fragrance can improve your mood and make cleaning that little bit more satisfying!

Not only do they smell great, but essential oils also have their own natural benefits for cleaning: They can be used in laundry routines, bathroom and kitchen cleaning, and even on carpets. Peppermint is a natural pest deterrent, Rosemary is a natural antiseptic, and thyme is one of the strongest to use against germs. Many others have there own original properties which can be used for all sorts of house cleaning.

Here’s a little beginners inspiration for some super-easy natural cleaning recipes:

Black tea window cleaner

 Enjoy the spring sunshine through bright and clean windows- only two key ingredients are needed for this simple recipe:

  • 8 black tea bags
  • Boiled water
  • Glass spray bottle
  • Cleaning cloth

Make sure the tea has cooled completely before pouring into the spray bottle. Use a cloth to clean.

Stainless steel cleaner

 Can be used on any stainless steel appliances and surfaces. Rubbing alcohol doesn’t leave a residue but you will need to ventilate the area well and make sure not to use around flames or heat. It has the benefit of being a strong antiseptic for disinfecting surfaces!

  • ¾ cup of distilled water
  • ¾ cup of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Glass Spray bottle
  • Cleaning cloth

Mix together the ingredients and gently rub onto the surfaces to bring them to a shine.

Fresh peppermint shower cleaner

Keeps soap scum at bay:

  • ½ cup of vodka
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Glass spray bottle

Spray after showering and don’t rinse for half an hour.

Homemade liquid dishwasher detergent

Dishwasher tablets can be super-expensive, so this is especially handy for families and students. Cheap and easy ingredients to get your dishes sparkling clean:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • ½ cup of borax
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ washing soda
  • 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops of thyme essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk, then use two tablespoons per load.

Cleaning for jewellery and gems

Many people are worried about cleaning their jewellery in case of harming precious gems and stones, this method is easy and works well on both diamonds and gold.

  • Using a soft bristle brush, gently scrub diamonds with warm water and mild soap. To make shine, use a small amount of ammonia in the mixture.

Tea tree hand sanitiser

Tea tree oil is known for its beneficial uses on the body and hair, but it’s often forgotten that its qualities go beyond just making our skin feel good. This hand sanitiser recipe proves that tea tree is an extremely useful essential oil. *With this in mind, it’s necessary to patch test homemade recipes that are made to use on our skin.

  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or high-proof vodka
  • 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life.

Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix. Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and swirl again. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well, then shake gently before each use. Put hand sanitiser to small squirt bottles.

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