Natural Ingredients for Homemade Cleaners
In light of the ongoing health and wellness trend, there is a huge push from consumers to know exactly what is in their household cleaners. As consumers are looking for clean-label products with organic ingredients, many are turning to making their own cleaning supplies to control exactly what is used in their homes. Join us as we at Advanced Biotech take a look at natural ingredients that make for safe, effective ingredients in homemade cleaners.
Well-liked for its bright, refreshing scent, fresh lemon juice is also an effective cleanser. The acid found in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it also acts as a natural bleach, especially when combined with the sun. Lemon works well to clean copper and other tarnished cookware, and also works well as a natural de-greaser. Oils found in rinds can also help to clean and shine to silverware, pots, and pans. When mixed with salt, lemon becomes a powerful cleaner that can replace many chemical-based products. Lemon can also be combined with another powerful natural cleaning product, vinegar, to neutralize the smell and boost antiseptic properties.
Essential oils help to add a pleasant smell to many homemade cleaning solutions. Non-toxic, with many added health benefits essential oils help to mask strong smells like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and borax. A little goes a long way as many solutions only require 1-2 drops to create a pleasant smelling cleaner. For a refreshing, invigorating scent, orange, grapefruit, and eucalyptus are popular choices while lavender, sandalwood, and cedar make for earthy, herbaceous cleaners. There is an oil to suit every household’s scent preferences and can also create calming and refreshing atmospheres depending on the oils used.
Salt is an abrasive mineral that’s coarse texture is ideal for scrubbing. Use salt to get rid of everything from rust and mildew stains in the bathroom to stubborn coffee rings and pasta sauce stains on Tupperware. Salt can also be used as an ingredient in coper and silver polish. To use, blend with a few drops of liquid castile soap to make a paste and apply to the affected area with a damp washcloth, scrubbing until the stain has lifted.
Making effective, clean-label cleaners are as easy as a trip to the pantry. Homemade cleaners are simple, versatile, and contain only organic ingredients making them safe for use around children and pets.