I probably should have caught onto this years ago, as I have a child with fairly chronic asthma. However, I thought that using eco products I would be reducing the chemicals around our home. Right or wrong, now I’m trying to reduce plastic waste too, I thought I’d investigate the simplicity and cost effectiveness of buying my own.
Let’s start with toilet cleaner. Bicarb is my new best friend. Why have I not figured this out before now? Bicarb is so cheap, in bulk I’m buying it for around £1.75 for 500g. It works as a non-abrasive degreaser and I sometimes throw a little into my sinks and just wipe around with a damp cloth to just get the shine back.
This loo cleaner recipe is not mine, it’s from “mamarevolution” on Instagram. It calls for a cup of bicarb and 1/2 a cup of citric acid (again, dirt cheap. I think I pay around 1.20 for 500g. She recommends you make it up on a tray so you can then add essential oils of your choice and allow it to dry back up. I actually made double the quantity and added peppermint and tea tree for antibacterial properties and being the lazy person I am, I made it up in this jar and then just shook it like crazy to mix it all around. I’ve left a little wooden spoon in there and will put three heaped spoonfuls in the and around the loo to clean it. Advice here is to flush the loo before you throw the cleaner around the sides. The water will help it stick and react.
Next up, anti-bac spray. What you’re looking at isn’t potato peelings in a jar, but lemon rind in white vinegar. I leave this in a dark cupboard and add more peelings and more vinegar when it gets low. It infuses in the vinegar so you already have a better smell. I then just add a 50/50 of this to water in a spray bottle. It works really well as a multi purpose wipe around spray.
If you need something a little tougher though, then this is a Hob Degreaser
The recipe for this is adapted from Rebecca Sullivan’s book: The Art of the Natural Home. It calls for 1 part salt, 1 part bicarb and 1 part water. however, it makes a chunky paste and won’t always spray through the small pipe of the bottle, so I actually added a little more water. I mixed the two dry ingredients in warm water too to dissolve the salt better. I was a little sceptical about a ‘sea-salt-scum’ appearing on my black hob, and rightly so. Make sure, therefore, that you do a good wipe afterwards with a clean wet cloth and it works really well.
Of course, you no longer have any chemicals in your cleaners, therefore less chance for allergies. One of the added bonuses about this is that you are saving SO much money. Rather than spending £2 – 3 on an eco cleaner, I spent about 40p on the proportion of vinegar I needed. The lemon peels I already had and when I use a lemon, I just save the rinds and peel off the outer yellow to pop in the jar. I am even reusing some jars. The hob degreaser is in an aluminium container I had with a spray top from an old plastic bottle.