Make your own eco‑friendly cleaners

Harsh chemicals around the home aren’t good for the environment, and the cost of home cleaning products adds to your weekly budget. Many people are getting interested in DIY home cleaning products. They can work well, and they're also simple and cost effective to make. 

Here are a few of the cleaners tried and tested by Tom, The Warehouse’s Environmental Initiatives Manager.

Window and glass cleaner:

Step 1: Combine equal parts water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. 
Step 2: Spray liberally onto windows or glass surfaces and wipe away with a clean dry cloth, paper towel or newspaper (which works best) for a streak free clean. So easy. 
A few drops of your favourite essential oil will add a nice fragrance.

Bathroom cleaner:

This one’s pretty easy too and is great for cleaning tiles, sinks, floor and even the toilet. 
Mix half a cup of vinegar and two cups of water in a spray bottle first and then add four tablespoons of baking soda. There will be a bit fizzing when you add the baking soda so don’t add it all at once. 
For added fragrance add 15-20 drops of essential oils. Lavender, lemon or tea tree are great options, or you can add lemon juice instead. 
Spray freely then wipe clean with a damp cloth. 

All-purpose cleaning spray:

great for kitchen surfaces 
Mix ¼ a cup of liquid castile soap with about 900 ml of warm water. 
Pour into a spray bottle and you’re away. Spray on surfaces leave for a few minutes and then wipe clean. 
NB: this can be made in bulk as well for later use – it keeps well.

Hints and tips:

Smelly chopping boards: rub on half a lemon, leave for 10 minutes and wipe clean. You could then wipe with vinegar to disinfect. 
Smelly carpet: sprinkle baking soda over your carpet a few hours before you vacuum (the longer the better so ideally overnight). The baking soda will naturally absorb the odours and voila the smells have vanished!