Eco Friendly Green Cleaners

Today everything that is available in the market is full of chemicals. Besides things are expensive and at times due to heavy usage of chemicals may even pose health hazards in the long run for our children. But, cleaner agents are an important substance required in every household. Imagine, how interesting it could be if we contemplate using are day to day kitchen products as cleaning agents as well. Unbelievable, but this is really possible. Lets see how the following six ingredients found in every kitchen can be used as cleaning agents.


Vinegar: A natural, chemical free cleaner spray is not a bad idea at all. An all-purpose spray can be made by mixing two tablespoons white distilled vinegar with two cups warm water, one teaspoon Borax, a half teaspoon of dish washing soap, ten drops lavender essential oil and five drops rosemary oil together in a spray bottle. This spray can then be used like Colin’s to clean any kind of surface.


Baking Soda: Imagine, not getting your gentle hands exposed to harsh chemical based surface cleaners, and staying away from allergies. A thick paste of soda and warm water can do wonders. This thick paste can be used for cleaning ovens, stove tops and bathtubs. A open box of baking soda kept in the refrigerator can absorb all food odors.


Olive Oil: Surprisingly, olive oil also works as a good natural cleaning agent. Scratches on leather furniture can be cleaned by pouring a small amount of olive oil onto a cotton cloth and then rubbing  the leather in a circular motion. You can shine stainless steel, polish furniture and clean dusty plant leaves with this popular kitchen ingredient. So asthma patients can now breathe chemical free air and still have a cleaner environment.

Lemon: Lime is very commonly used in commercial furniture polish. This mixture can be created at home. Create a solution by mixing two parts of olive oil and one part of lemon juice. Once, the furniture is polished, rub this mixture of olive oil and lemon on to the furniture with a soft cloth to get rid of the polish odour. Lemon juice can also be rubbed into fridge shelf’s for a fresh scent.

Vodka: A homemade natural air freshener spray can be made using vodka. To make the freshener, take a small bottle and add one teaspoon of vodka to it. To this add 25-30  drops of your favorite aroma oil. Shake this well and add some warm water to it and set aside. This can now be used as an air freshener.

Vanilla Extract: Do you love the aroma of freshly baked sugar cookies? You can simulate the experience without all the work by baking vanilla in the oven. Another way to freshen your home’s interior with vanilla is to place a few drops on a cotton ball and place it on a shelf in each room.

  1. The suggested method of using the vinegar solution is to apply it to a cloth, and not directly spray it onto the target.

    If the spray nozzle is set to atomize the solution, then the user will be breathing the vinegar into their lungs. If the spray nozzle produces a jet, then it is all to easy for the jet to accidentally get into the eyes. Vinegar is a mild acid and could act as an irritant to the lungs or eyes if applied directly from a spray bottle.

    In the workplace in the UK, we were unable to use vinegar as a cleaning agent because we are goverened by the requirement to work from a COSHH sheet in relation to all substances, and we couldn’t find one for vinegar !

    In a domestic environment, my recommendation is to do as I describe above, and apply the solution to a cloth for application.

    ( A large part of my job is in cleaning work )

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