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There are three reasons I have switched to homemade cleaning products in our home. The first is to reduce the number of chemicals we use in our home. The second is to reduce the amount of waste we produce and the third is to save money.
Homemade cleaners are a lot cheaper to make than store-bought equivalents, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
Here are the two main zero waste cleaners we now use in our home…
Vinegar Based All-Purpose Zero Waste Cleaners
- White vinegar
- 6 lemons
- Lemon essential oil (optional)
How to Make:
- For this homemade cleaner, you only need the peel of the lemons. Remember to save the flesh of the lemons for something else. Personally, I freeze them all and use them for cooking.
- Put the peels into a large jar and pour the vinegar in. Leave this to brew for 2 weeks for the best result. Every now and then shake the jar to mix up the contents.
- After two weeks add the same amount of water as vinegar and give it a good mix up. You then need to strain out the liquid into whatever you plan to keep your homemade cleaner in. We use *glass spray bottles that I reuse each time.
This all-purpose cleaner is really easy to make and you can use it to clean your kitchen, bathroom & glass. For the glass simply spray it on and then polish with an old rag.
If you’re not a fan of the smell of vinegar you may want to add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the mix.
I thought it was worth mentioning that if you don’t want to wait two weeks for the lemon peel version you can just use 50% vinegar with 50% water for cleaning.
Really not a fan of vinegar? Try this all-purpose cleaner instead…
Castile Soap based All-Purpose Zero Waste Cleaners
- 2 tbsp Castile soap
- 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 cups warm water
- Essential oil of your choice
How To Make:
- Put the warm water in the bottle you plan to use for your cleaner
- Add the bicarbonate of soda and shake the bottle to mix
- Next, add the Castille soap and essential oils and shake again
How To Use It:
To use this cleaner simply spray it where it’s needed, leave it for a minute and then wipe clean using a cleaning cloth or rag.
Which Cleaner To Use
I tend to use the vinegar based cleaner for cleaning our chopping board, cleaning our toilet and the sink in the kitchen. I also use it for cleaning glass.
I use the Castile based cleaner in the bathroom, it’s especially good for cleaning the bath after our daughter has used a bath bomb. They seem to have some sort of oil in them which can be hard to get off with the vinegar solution.
Do you make your own zero waste cleaners?