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Cleaning - How To Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Whether you're on a budget and want to save some money, or whether you just like the idea of making your own products and knowing exactly what has gone into them, whipping up some homemade cleaning products can be fun and satisfying.

Here are some of the ideas we tried out.

1. Glass Cleaner
For use on windows and mirrors
Ingredients:
2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
1 to 2 drops of essential oil (we used orange) to give a lovely fragrance

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an old spray bottle. Spray directly onto the window or mirror, or alternatively spray onto your clean cloth for a brilliant shine, which also leaves a fresh and lingering scent. Much better than those chemical sprays!

2. Shower Spray
Ingredients:
White vinegar
Dish soap
Essential oil (optional)
Warm Water

Fill an empty spray bottle halfway up with vinegar. Add about 30 – 45 ml of dish soap into the bottle. You can also add a few drops of essential oil for extra fragrance. Top the rest of the bottle up with warm water and shake (not too vigorously!) to combine the ingredients. When you finish using your shower just spray liberally over the shower walls. Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative and it's also biodegradable.

3. Toilet Cleaner
Ingredients:
½ cup baking soda
12 drops tea tree essential oil
¼ cup vinegar

For a really good toilet scrub which should leave your bowl squeaky clean pour the baking soda and essential oil into the toilet, followed by the vinegar. Scrub away with your toilet brush while the ingredients fizz up and you'll be freshening up your loo brush in the process.
For everyday freshness try using a few drops of essential oil on a baby wipe and wiping over cleaning the seat and rim of the bowl. A mixture of half vinegar and water and a few drops of essential oils can also be used as a daily loo spray.

4. Hand Soap
You'll need to invest in a foaming soap dispenser and a natural liquid soap for this recipe but it will be worth it!

Fill your soap dispenser four fifths full of water (we cheated and reused a foaming dispenser we had previously from a well known supermarket!). Fill the rest of the bottle with the natural liquid soap and a few drops of essential oils of your choosing. Orange and tea tree work well. Pop the dispenser lid on and shake gently and then try out the silky foam and gorgeous fragrance you won't find in most hand soap products.

5. Homemade Cleaner
Ingredients:
1 ¾ cups bicarbonate of soda
2/3 dish-washing liquid
A few drops of essential oils (tea tree, orange, lavender or lemon are good options)

Mix the bicarbonate of soda and dish-washing liquid together to make a creamy paste. Mix in the essential oil (about a dozen or so drops). Decant the mixture into an old bottle (we used the empty fairy liquid bottle!). The mixture should keep well for around six months.
Use the cleaner as you would any cream cleaner. Its great on bathroom sinks and in the kitchen.

Author bio: Jade Waddy is the editor for MPK Lofts and has an NOCN level 3 in Journalism. She writes on all manner of subjects but specialises in home improvement.

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