Hannah here: Spring fever has hit in this house. We are soaking up this beautiful Spring weather as much as possible, relatively safe in the knowledge that it won't last long; this is Blighty after all. My face and shoulders are freshly freckled and our garden has been primped and primed. Picnics, barbecues and evening drinks have all taken place outdoors. At our outdoor playgroup in the woods yesterday, following a 4 weekend Easter shaped break, the woods were unrecognisable. There was a new haze of vibrant greenery through the trees and birdsong, bold as brass, echoed through the woods. Spring, for many people, also means Spring Cleaning time.
We have been making our own DIY homemade natural cleaning recipes for 4 years now and we are total converts. Making your own is much cheaper, especially if you buy the ingredients in decent bulk (that is the key), and there are far fewer chemicals in them. We are on a constant hunt to reduce toxic chemicals in our home and have very few left now. So in honour of Spring fever and Earth Day, here are my favourite recipes.
Due to the essential oils, these recipes are a pleasure to make and use- quite the feat for this cleaning-phobe!
3 cups vegetable soap flakes, (some people grate bars of soap but this is much cheaper and easier)
2 cups borax
2 cups soda crystals
2 cups of bicarbonate of soda
30 is drops of lemon essential oil which has antibacterial properties and smells lovely (just drop it on the surface of the powder and mix it in) I’ve also used tea tree, peppermint and grapefruit oil too.
Mix together with a spoon then funnel into your container. You might have to wiggle the container to get it all in.
This is exactly enough to fill our 1000ml Ecover bottles We add a small capful which is about a table spoon, to each wash.
This will last ages- approx 30 washes.
750 ml white vinegar (enough to fill an old Ecover fabric conditioner bottle!) with 30 drops of lemon oil.
I add a small capful, a couple of table spoons to each wash. This will also last ages approx 15-20 washes.
Dishwasher rinse aid
750 ml white vinegar with 30 drops of lemon oil.
(we haven’t yet cracked a dishwasher powder recipe so we use Ecover tablets)
Floor cleaner concentrate:
I put the following In a 1 litre bottle:
1/2 cup borax
2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup of Summer Natural own brand liquid castille soap.
10-20 drops of Essential oil of choice
Then I top it up with hot water to help it dissolve. A kebab skewer can be useful to mix it if the powder has settled to the bottom. I give it a good shake then glug approx half a cup in the bottom of a bucket then fill with very hot water.
1 cup water
1/2 cup Vodka (the cheapest stuff available)
1/2 cup White vinegar
1/3 cup liquid castille soap
15 ish drops Teatree or Lemon oil (has antiseptic qualities)
I buy all of my home made cleaning supplies from the wonderful Summer Naturals web shop, which sells bulk quantities of essential oil, vinegar, borax, bicarb and lots more besides, at very reasonable prices. It’s honestly one of my favourite shops!
Do you make your own too? How have you found it?
Have you got Spring Cleaning fever?! I sort of hate cleaning but using my own concoctions does slightly ease the pain! And inspired by the sunshine I have been nesting, cleaning and getting rid of stuff. Shelves have been re organised, plants moved around, surfaces cleared, stuff binned or taken to the charity shop. It's been lovely! How about you?