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Chemical-Free Cleaning

I’ve been interested in natural cleaning for a while now. I started buying more earth-friendly and Chemical-Free Cleaning products a long time ago.

But as you might know, products like that can get pricey. And sometimes you are being tricked by sneaky marketing slogans.
That’s when I came across a book about natural cleaning I decided it’s time to give it a try. I flipped through the book, and I saw how easy the recipes are and that I had most of the needed ingredients in my home.

Natural Home Cleaning is a great source if it comes to Chemical-Free Cleaning. It has so many recipes that I’m sure you can find pretty much everything you might need. It’s also easy to read, it clearly shows the preparation time, storage time, and the container you will need.

What I used this Spring Chemical-Free Cleaning
Kitchen – Refrigerator and freezer cleaner / Oven Cleaner / Microwave Cleaner / Knife Block Cleaner / Coffee Pot Cleaner
Bathroom – All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner / Bathroom Disinfectant Spray / Tile Cleaner
Additional – Carpet Cleaner

Below you will find all the recipes used for my Chemical-Free Cleaning.

Recipes:


Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– 2 tbsp Castile liquid soap
– 2 tbsp baking soda
– juice from 1 squeezed lemon

Combine soap and baking soda 4.5l hot water* – I used probably less water than that, the biggest bowl you have in your kitchen will be perfect. Dip in a cloth and clean the fridge and freezer. For a fresh touch, go over inside your refrigerator with some lemon juice.

Oven Cleaner

Prep Time: 15 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– 100ml white vinegar
– 100g baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350F. Using a spray bottle, spray the vinegar on areas with stubborn grime. Sprinkle baking soda in the same areas and leave for few minutes. Turn off the oven and leave to cool. Use a wet cloth to wipe it.
I will be honest here – this didn’t work too well for me. It made more mess than it cleaned, and I will not be making it again; instead, I will look for a different solution.

Microwave Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– 100ml white vinegar
– 2 tbsp lemon juice

Fill a glass bowl with vinegar and lemon juice. Microwave for 2 minutes. Leave without opening the microwave door for a few more minutes. Use a cloth to wipe down inside. This creates a kind of steam bath and makes cleaning the microwave so easy.

Knife Block Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– 1 tsp Castile liquid soap

Fill a small container with warm water, add the soap. Dip a bottlebrush in the solution and scrub the holes. Rinse thoroughly and allow air-drying.

Coffee Pot Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– white vinegar

Fill the coffee pot with equal parts of water and vinegar (1:1). Run your coffee pot, as usual, the empty the solution in the sink. Run two or more cycles of cold water until the vinegar smell is gone and the water runs clear.

All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: up to 2 weeks / Storage Container: small spray bottle

– 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
– 1 tsp Castile liquid soap
– 2 1/2 tbsp water
– 10 drops peppermint essential oil
– 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
– 5 drops lemon essential oil*

Add the hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap and water to spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well.
*I swapped the lemon essential oil for fresh lemon juice just because I didn’t have this particular oil at home.

Bathroom Disinfectant Spray

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: up to 3 months / Storage Container: spray bottle (500ml)

– 3 tbsp Castile liquid soap
– 30 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix 500 ml water and the soap together, then add the tea tree essential oil. Shake before use.

Both of these sprays work great for everyday use not only in the bathroom 🙂

Tile Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 min / Storage Time: 2 weeks / Storage Container: small spray bottle

– 5 tbsp white vinegar
– 1 tbsp baking soda
– 3 drops peppermint essential oil
– 5 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the vinegar, baking soda, and 1/2cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Top up with the essential oils and shake to combine. Spray on the tiles and leave for up to 15 minutes. Scrub if necessary. Rinse and dry with a cloth.

Toilet Fizz Tablets

Prep Time: 15 min + overnight / Storage Time: up to 3 months / Storage Container: airtight container

– 8oz baking soda
– 2 1/2oz citric acid
– zest of 1 lemon
– 25 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the baking soda, citric acid, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the essential oil and stir well to combine. Using a fine mist spray, spray, and mix with your fingers to combine until it holds together when squeezed. Spry a small amount of water at a time, check if it holds together if not add more water and check again. It should be damp, not soaked. Press the mixture firmly into silicone molds. Leave overnight. To use, drop one into your toilet and leave for 5 minutes. Using a toilet brush, swish your bowl clean.
This works well when you don’t have time to clean your toilet and just want to give it a refresher.

Another great recipe from this book. I didn’t use this time, but I have used it before, and it worked magic!

Whitening Grout Cleaner

Prep Time: 15 min / Storage Time: one-time product / Storage Container: none

– 5oz baking soda
– 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
– juice of 1/2 lemon

In a small container, mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste (fizzing is normal). Stir in the lemon juice to thin paste. With a small brush (an old toothbrush will work great), with water and apply to grout cleaner. Scrub and rinse.

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