Cleaning your house with natural products is healthy, easy, and inexpensive thanks to a few essentials and good homemade recipes.
Natural ingredients can replace all conventional cleaning products. They are very effective if used well. Here are some essentials to have in your cupboard and effective homemade recipes.
Microfiber cloths are more efficient than ordinary clothes thanks to their fine polyester and polyamide fibers. They clean even the small pores of surfaces. With them, we can even use less product. Or even just water. A great saving in products and bottles.
Dry microfiber is electrostatic, which also makes it a good dust catcher.
This basic tool is super economical. It is used on all surfaces (unless recommended by the manufacturer), and it withstands approximately 300 washes, as long as you avoid bleach, fabric softener, and the dryer.
Vinegar disinfects, deodorizes, removes limescale … This multi-use ingredient is essential for natural cleaning. Hot or cold, it is used to remove lime from the taps, maintain the iron, wash the windows, disinfect the fridge, soften the laundry …
We buy vinegar in supermarkets, ecological stores, or drugstores. Very cheap, you can find vinegar from $ 0.30 per liter.
Baking soda is a light abrasive. It cleans, deodorizes, softens … It is used to remove odors from the fridge, clean the oven, sanitize toothbrushes, remove mold from the bathroom, maintain the pipes… It can also be mixed with a little soap and water to make a scouring cream.
You can easily find baking soda in supermarkets (in the food department), ecological stores, or drugstores. Its basic price is $ 2 for 500 g.
Cousins of baking soda, soda crystals are biting. Be careful to wear gloves when using them. They are dissolved in hot water and used to remove fruit, grease, blood stains … especially on very dirty surfaces (hood, trash can …). They are also used for laundry, cleaning bathroom enamel, restoring shine to glassware …
The price of soda crystals is less than $ 1 per kilo. They are bought in supermarkets (in the household products department), drugstores, or ecological stores.
Household black soap
Household black soap is used to degrease floors and surfaces, detach laundry, clean windows, etc. Very concentrated, it exists in liquid or pasty form. It is composed of olive oil, linseed oil …
We buy quality black soap rather in ecological stores and drugstores. Its price varies from 5 to 15 $ per liter.
Real Marseille soap is a wonderful laundry product. We buy it in blocks or chips. Its color varies according to its composition. We choose it with 72% vegetable oils (olive, copra, peanut…), and we avoid palm oil. Real Marseille soap contains no perfume, dye, or chemical additive (preservative, etc.). The list of ingredients includes:
- aqua for water,
- sodium + plant in -ate, for example, sodium olivate for olive oil, for oils after reaction with soda,
- sodium hydroxide, which is the chemical name for caustic soda,
- sodium chloride for salt (like table salt),
- sometimes glycerin, but it tends to waterproof the laundry.
You can find good Marseille soap in ecological stores and certain drugstores. The price starts at around $ 5 per 500g block.