Being “eco-friendly” and liking cleanliness aren’t two incompatible things! Do you want to disinfect your home while using healthy, eco-friendly products? Why not make your own natural home cleaning product? Here, we let you discover the most effective ingredients for preparing your own product.
1 – Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is a great product for cleaning, disinfecting, and making surfaces shine. It’s a denatured version of methylated spirits (the odour is less strong). If you want to clean and disinfect a floor, just dilute a glass of rubbing alcohol in 1 litre of water. In addition to its cleaning action, the alcohol helps speed up the drying. It can also be used as is by soaking a cloth in it.
Rubbing alcohol is therefore an excellent ingredient for making a natural home disinfectant because it has bactericidal properties. However, be careful: it’s flammable and must be completely rinsed, especially if you decide to disinfect products that will be put into the mouth (cutlery, toys for babies, etc.).
2 – White vinegar
White vinegar is undoubtedly the number-1 eco-friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable, and economical cleaning weapon. It has a multitude of advantages, including disinfecting powers. White vinegar can therefore be found in most “100% natural cleaning product”-type preparations.
3 – Essential oils
Some essential oils have disinfecting and/or antibacterial properties, in addition to their pleasant smell. They therefore reinforce the effectiveness of homemade natural products. Here are some interesting examples:
- Ho wood essential oil: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasite, and antiviral;
- Bergamot mint essential oil: antiseptic, deodorizing, and insect-repellent;
- Lemon essential oil: antimicrobial;
- Eucalyptus globulus essential oil: antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-parasite.
4 – Baking soda
Much like white vinegar, baking soda is a key ingredient in eco-friendly cleaning preparations. Among other things, baking soda helps:
- Absorb bad smells;
- Combat allergens;
- Clean (surfaces, laundry, silverware, etc.).
It is often combined with white vinegar (which creates a foam that effectively cleans and disinfects).
5 – Making a natural home cleaning product
Your choice of ingredients depends on what you want to clean and disinfect.
Versatile home disinfectant
Mix 350 mL of water and 150 mL of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Just add 5 drops of essential oil of lemon, and you’re all set. You’ll be able to keep your product for around a week.
Disinfecting a carpet
Create a paste by mixing white vinegar and baking soda, then spread it on the carpet. Let act for 15 minutes (a foam should form that lets you remove the dirt while disinfecting). Clean the area with a damp sponge, focusing on the most stubborn places. Dry everything with a dry washcloth or a hair dryer set to low.
Disinfecting a bathroom
Pour 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of essential oil of tea tree into a spray bottle. Shake it all up, then spray the walls of your bathroom. You can then brush everything to remove any invisible dirt. This also works with a mixture made of 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of fine salt, a drop of white vinegar, another drop of liquid soap, and a little water.