recipes for natural cleaning sprays, pastes and detergents

recipes for natural cleaning sprays, pastes and detergents

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Using the ingredients from our last blog post essential ingredients for natural home cleaners, we’re here sharing our recipes for utilising those ingredients in homemade cleaning sprays, pastes and detergents.

Unless otherwise advised, the ingredients can simply be mixed together in a glass jug or stainless-steel bowl and poured into their jars or bottles using a funnel. We typically recommend using Organic ingredients if you can.

At the top of each recipe we have identified the best vessel for the cleaner – the recipes can be adjusted in equal parts for smaller or bigger batches.

Cleaning Paste

Fits in a 500ml jar, preferably with a wide mouth / opening.

  • 3/4 cup of Borax
  • 3/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 2/3 Castile Soap
  • 30 drops of Organic Essential Oil – we like Clove

To make this paste, start by mixing the Borax, Baking Soda and Essential Oils – this will give you a cleaning powder. To make it into a paste, slowly mix in the liquid Castile Soap, 1tsp at a time ensuring it’s all mixed in prior to adding more.

This works wonders on a stainless steel sink – simply put 1tsp of the paste onto a copper cloth and scrub your sink in circular motions, then rinse. Unfortunately, this paste isn’t quite as effective on ovens – we’re still working on a recipe for this but we’d love to hear your recommendations if you have a go-to natural oven cleaner recipe.

Deoderiser

Fits a 500ml spray bottle.

  • 1 1/2 cups of Water
  • 1/4 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (or Vodka)
  • 5 drops of Organic Essential Oils – we like Lemon and Rosemary

Best left in the bathroom, but also great for spraying in cars, pet beds, shoes and around sports gear.

Dishwashing Powder

Fits a 2000ml jar, preferably with an airtight seal.

  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup of Citric Acid
  • 1 cup of Coarse Sea Salt
  • 30 drops of Organic Essential Oil – we like Lemon

This is an easy substitute for store bought powders or pellets – simply pop 1-2tbsp of the powder into your dishwasher as you normally would. 

Floor Cleaner

Fits a 500ml bottle.

  • 2 cups of Castile Soap
  • 1 tbsp of Organic Essential Oils – we like Tea Tree and Lemon

When you’re ready to wash your floors, mix 2 tbsp of this floor cleaner for every 5 litres of water in your bucket, and mop or wash your floors as per usual.

Glass Cleaner

Fits a 1000ml spray bottle.

  • 2 1/2 cups of Water
  • 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (or Vodka)
  • 2/3 cup of Distilled Vinegar
  • 30 drops of Organic Essential Oil – we like Cinnamon and / or Peppermint to deter creepy crawlies

Simply spray onto your window or mirror, and wipe across the surface with a cotton cloth – polish until there’s no marks or streaks left. It will look quite cloudy when first applied, but once buffed off the glass you’ll have a great result. It’s the clearest our mirrors have ever been!

 Laundry Powder

Fits a 2000ml jar, preferably with an airtight seal.

  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Washing Soda
  • 2 cups of Castile Soap
  • 1 cup of Baking Soda
  • 20 drops of Organic Essential Oils – we like Lavender and Rosemary

 Multi-Surface Cleaner

Fits a 1000ml spray bottle.

  • 4 cups of Water
  • 1/2 cup of Castile Soap
  • 20 drops of Organic Essential Oils – we like Eucalyptus

Works well on benchtops, splashbacks and any other non-timber surface – spray sparingly onto the area and wipe with a cotton cloth. It goes far so you don’t need much.

 Soap Scum Paste

Fits in a 500ml jar, preferably with a wide mouth / opening.

  • 1 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup of Castile Soap
  • 1/3 cup cup of Water
  • 5 tsp of Distilled Vinegar

Mix the Baking Soda, Castile Soap and Water together. Add in the Distilled Vinegar. The mixture is really more like a thick liquid than a paste, and it will separate when left so give the jar a good shake between uses – but it’s used like a paste would be. The reason we like a wide mouth jar, is because we dip our coconut fibre scourer into the mixture directly, then take the scourer to our shower glass and scrub it in circular motions. You’ll need to repeat this step a few times to cover the whole pane of glass, before rinsing off with the shower head. Subject to the amount of glass in your shower, this portion might last you 3-4 cleans. It’s also surprisingly effective at cleaning residue off porcelain sinks and fibreglass shower bases using the same technique.

Tip: at the end of each shower, use a squeegee to take the water off the shower glass – this will reduce the frequency in which soap scum forms.

 Stain Remover

Fits a 500ml spray bottle.

  • 1 1/2 cups of Water
  • 1/4 cup of Organic Vegetable Glycerine
  • 1/4 cup of Castile Soap

Designed more for new stains than historic ones, though we spray it on the underarms and collars of t'shirts and shirts before popping them in the wash.

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Our next two blog posts will be the same setup, but the ingredients and recipes for a couple of homemade skin & hair care products. The ingredients blog post is here, and the recipes here - enjoy!


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