Springtime is almost upon us, so it’s time to dig out your marigolds for the annual spring clean! Rather than using harsh chemicals to clean your home, why not try out some of these DIY cleaning products that you can make using items you already have around the house? They are made from natural products and claim to work just as well as their shop bought counterparts! Check out some of the best that we’ve found on the web…
1. Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
This DIY home all-purpose cleaner is very effective on windows, counter and polished flooring.
What you’ll need: Citrus Peels, Glass Jar, White Vinegar and Spray Bottle.
All you need to do is take the citrus peel and place them in your glass jar until it is full, pour the white vinegar over them and leave for two weeks. Then take the peel out of the jar and dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water. Simply pour into a spray bottle and start cleaning!
Source: For The Love Of Food Blog.
2. Toilet Cleaner
This simple mixture is great for using every day to keep your toilets nice and clean.
What you’ll need: Vinegar and Essential Oil.
Simply take around 5 drops of your essential oil (pick a scent of your choosing – we think that lemon or citrus smells are best for bathrooms!) and mix with a cup of vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, apply to your toilet seat and wipe off.
Source: Live Renewed.
3. Two-Ingredient Air Freshener
Why shell out cash on overpriced air freshener to mask bad smells in your home, when you can make your own at home which claims to eliminate smells? Best of all, you only need 2 ingredients!
What you’ll need: Baking Soda and Essential Oil.
Take some thick card and use the lid of a glass jar to trace a circle, cut it out and then use a pin to poke around 20 holes into the circle. Then fill your glass jar around ¾ full with baking soda and mix in 5-10 drops of your essential oil. Insert your card back into the neck of the jar and secure it with either tape or a ringed lid. All you have to do is place your jar in the room that needs to smell fresh, just giving the jar a little shake every time you want another burst of scent. You can even shake some of the mix out onto your carpets for an hour, then vacuum it up for a fresher floor!
Source: Free People.
4. Make Up Brush Spray Cleaner
Are you fed up of your make up brushes getting clogged with powder and not being able to wash them without waiting a century for them to dry? Then you need to make this DIY brush cleaner, which self-dries very quickly.
What you’ll need: Hot Water, Hair Conditioner and Alcohol.
This mix claims to keep your brushes clean, sanitary and soft if you use it after each use of your brushes. Simply mix hot water and conditioner together in a bottle, add the alcohol and shake. Store in a spray bottle, shake before use and spray onto your brushes after use.
Source: Your Beauty Blog.
5. Brass Cleaner
This DIY cleaner will make your doorknobs gleam! As well being useful on brass finishing’s around your home; this clever concoction is also great for making your jewellery sparkle again.
What you’ll need: Lemon and Baking Soda.
Squeeze half a fresh lemon into a bowl and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix thoroughly (watch out for the fizzing!) then apply to your brass using a soft cloth. Leave for a moment then rinse off and dry. Repeat this process until the brass looks as good as new!
Source: Apartment Therapy.
Great Offers On Household Cleaning Packaging
We’ve got a few great plastic bottles in our beauty ranges that are ideal for storing your homemade cleaning concoctions, as they come with the option to add sprays caps. Check out some of our collection…
Our 150ml Black Glossy Plastic Bottle comes with a 24mm Spray Cap of your choice (white atomiser, white mini trigger, black mini trigger and natural mini trigger). Whilst designed for use with products such as hairsprays, there is no reason why it can’t be filled with an all-purpose citrus cleaner. This bottle and cap can be yours from just 85p, with further discounts if you buy in bulk. One of our larger plastic bottles is the 1 Litre White Glossy Plastic Bottle, which also comes with a White 28mm Spray Cap. The cap comes with a standard length dip tube, which can be easily cut down to size with scissors if required. Perfect for your homemade toilet cleaner! Prices start from 96p per unit, going down in price if you buy in bulk. Finally, our 200ml Clear Square PET Bottle is a more modern, angular style bottle, where you can choose between trigger and atomiser sprays to complete the look. This bottle and cap is yours from as little as 88p, with prices again going down if you buy in larger quantities.