Use 10 Simple Ingredients and make a natural cleaning kit for cleaning or moving day
Tyra and I are both moving this month. I can tell you things have been pretty stressful trying to pack, write, keep up the blog and keep our sanity with the families. I made us each a natural cleaning kit this week to help prepare for the moves and take off some of the pressure. Plus it’s made a pretty easy blog post!
There are many things I like about natural cleaners. They work just as well as the chemical cleaners you can purchase, but they are much better for your health. Using natural ingredients is good for the environment and they are very cost effective. All the ingredients are probably in your pantry or laundry room right now. I love being frugal! So, get yourself prepared for moving day or cleaning day and make a DIY natural cleaning kit.
Natural cleaning kit ingredients
- // Distilled white vinegar
- // Hydrogen peroxide
- // Lemon juice
- // Baking soda
- // Dawn liquid dish soap
- // Washing soda
- // Castile soap
- // Water
- // optional – essential oils of choice; think tea tree, peppermint, orange or lemon
Other cleaning supplies for the kit
- // Spray bottles
- // Sponges with scrubbers
- // Microfiber cloth
- // Tooth brush
- // Magic eraser
- // Caddie and/or bucket
DIY Natural Cleaning Kit Recipes
Heat 1/2 cup vinegar in the microwave, until slightly warm but not so hot that you will melt your spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup of blue Dawn liquid dish soap to the spray bottle and shake. Spray on and leave for at least two hours. Rinse with water and wipe or squeegee off.
Add 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap into a spray bottle. Spritz onto windows and wipe with newspaper or microfiber cloth.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for an hour. Scrub to remove the ring, flush.
Sink and Tile Scrubber
Place 1/4 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup baking soda, 8 drops off essential oil and enough castile soap to make a paste. Scoop a teaspoon of the mixture into the sink and scrub with a sponge. Rinse with vinegar and then hot water.
Foam Carpet Shampoo
Mix 3 cups of water, 3/4 cup liquid castile soap and 10 drops of peppermint oil in a blender. Rub the foam into the soiled area with a wet sponge and let it dry. Vacuum it up.
All Purpose Citrus Cleaner
UPDATE: Since I wrote this post I have learned that vinegar and peroxide DO NOT mix. Please read the post – To use: make a batch of citrus infused vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Liberally spray the area, then follow up with a separate squirt of peroxide for extra cleaning power.
Place equal parts of infused vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. This is a great cleaner for counters and inside cabinets.
Wall and Woodwork
In a large bowl or bucket mix a solution of two parts vinegar, one part baking soda and three parts warm water. Stir until the soda is incorporated. Use a soft cloth to wipe the dirt from walls and woodwork and rinse with clean water.
You may want to print these pictures to use as labels on your containers.
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