Old-fashioned methods and eco-friendly solutions are becoming increasingly popular. At a time when global warming is becoming a real concern, some people are doing everything they can to find non-polluting everyday solutions. Do you want to make a multipurpose cleaner with natural ingredients? Here’s a great recipe.
Making the Multipurpose Cleaner
To make your multipurpose cleaner, you’ll need:
- An empty 1.5 L bottle;
- Black soap paste;
- Baking soda;
- White vinegar;
- Essential oil of lemon or tea tree;
- A bowl;
- A litre of boiling water;
- A measuring cup;
- A spatula or a fork.
Pour a litre of boiling water into a bowl and add half a tablespoon of black soap paste. This paste is quite hard to dissolve, so you’ll need a spatula or a fork to properly dilute it in the water. Once the mixture is even, add a tablespoon of baking soda and 300 mL of white vinegar. You can then complete the mixture with a few drops of essential oil of lemon or tea tree to add a pleasant scent to your preparation.
Mix everything well, then pour your multipurpose cleaner into a water bottle to preserve it.
Why is the Multipurpose Cleaner Effective?
The multipurpose cleaner is made up of effective active ingredients. The black soap, made from olive oil and potash, cleans deeply. The baking soda whitens and has an antiscalant effect. The white vinegar is also effective against limescale and gives shine to tiles and porcelain. The essential oils, meanwhile, serve only an olfactory purpose; they’re mainly used to hide the smell of the vinegar.
How to Use the Multipurpose Cleaner
You can use this mixture to clean:
- A work surface
- A sink
- An oven
- A barbecue
- A tile floor
- Every part of a bathroom
- A patio
If you decide to use your cleaner for the oven, kitchen, or bathroom, you can pour the preparation into a sprayer (a bottle made from recycled glass products, for example). For the floor, boiling water, black soap, and vinegar will suffice. For 5 litres of hot water, dilute one tablespoon of black soap and add 200 mL of white vinegar. In principle, it’s not necessary to rinse the floor after mopping. However, avoid cleaning the windows or using this mixture on parquet or any other wood surface. To clean your windows, you can simply spray some white vinegar on them and wipe them with a clean cloth.
Is the Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner Dangerous?
Unlike most cleaners sold in large retail stores, this one is totally safe for the environment. If you have any dirty residue left over (after cleaning the floor, for example), you can empty the bucket in your garden without fear of polluting the earth. This product doesn’t require any specific handling (you don’t need to wear gloves, unless you’re allergic to one of the products that it contains), and it doesn’t present an increased risk to children (although you should still keep the bottle out of reach of children).