I used to hate cleaning so much, and I still hate it. Who doesn’t? Well, with the exception of my amazing sister who loves cleaning as a hobby. 🙂 For all other mortals cleaning can be quite a hassle, especially when it involves sneezing, coughing, acne getting irritated and finally a headache when everything is done.
However, it’s been much more enjoyable for me since I started using natural things that almost everybody has in their kitchen. Today, I’m going to show you how to clean your whole house using just three ingredients. Sounds simple, right?
Let’s jump right in!
If you prefer to see me showing you how I use all of the things I’m going to talk about, just click Play below:
The 3 natural ingredients you’ll need
The three ingredients you’re going to need are:
- White wine vinegar – that’s the cheapest vinegar here but use whatever is really affordable in your country. You’re not going to drink it, so it doesn’t really matter if it’s cold-pressed, organic, etc.
- Baking soda
- Some kind of essential oil that you really like. I usually use either lemon oil or lavender oil.
DIY toilet bowl cleaner and disinfectant
For some reason, a toilet bowl cleaner was the last chemical product I ditched during my “green” journey. Don’t ask me why. I just didn’t have a clue what else could be used. And then i stumbled upon the idea of using pure vinegar and it works really well.
All you need to do is sprinkle or spray some vinegar all around the sides of the toilet bowl and then leave it to work for around 10 minutes. When the time is up, just scrub it with your toilet brush, flush and reveal a sparkling clean toilet bowl. It works so well every single time.
DIY multi-purpose cleaning spray
I love this spray for so many reasons. It’s such a hard-worker and it also smells amazing. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Take an empty spray bottle.
- Fill it half way with vinegar.
- Fill the rest of it with plain water.
- Add 3-5 drops of lavender or lemon oil.
This quantity will last you for a couple of months (depending on how much you clean) and you can use it to clean any surfaces in your house. It will clean some light limescale, but if you need something super hardcore for your bathtub, check the solution below.
Here’s what I use my multi-purpose cleaning spray for:
- Cleaning the bathroom sink if it doesn’t need a very deep clean;
- Cleaning and disinfecting the seat and all the other surfaces of the toilet;
- Kitchen worktops;
- Shiny metal surfaces, such as taps and shower heads;
- Mirrors, windows and glass shelves;
- Ceramic hobs.
DIY bathtub / kitchen sink cleaning scrub
Scrubbing the bathtub is my least favourite cleaning task, but using this method makes it so much easier. All you need is some baking soda. I usually wet all the surfaces of the bathtub first, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and then scrub away. While I’m doing it, I usually tell myself that it’s a great arm workout, which makes it slightly more worthwile, doesn’t it? 🙂
Once everything is scrubbed, I rinse all the baking soda off, which always leaves my bathtub super white. I love how gentle but powerful baking soda is. It doesn’t damage the enamel of the bathtub at all.
One word of caution: be careful using it on any metal surface that isn’t stainless steel: it will rust. We had a couple of metal bolts holding out toilet seat together in the old house, and after scrubbing with the baking soda a couple of times, they turned rusty brown! Lesson learned.
No need to worry too much though, as everything in the bathroom is usually stainless steal anyway. Otherwise, it would rust super quickly with all that humidity.
So I really hope that you enjoyed this blogpost and you’ll give this a try. It’s so easy, and it’s been totally life changing for me. I hope it will be the same for you!
It’s safe for your family, it saves you lots of money, it’s good for the environment, you won’t have to sneeze and get a headache every time you clean your house. The list of benefits could go on for hours. I’m sure it’s going to make that cleaning experience slightly more enjoyable for you.
Do you have any other natural cleaning tips? Don’t hesitate to share them in the comments, so we can all get inspired!
And of course have a wonderful Easter full of love, hugs, laughter and lots of delicious food!