How to Use Lemon and Other Natural Cleaning Products

January 7, 2015
If you want to keep your house clean without resorting to chemicals, here are some ways to make natural cleaning products.

Have you ever wondered how your grandmother cleaned her house since she didn’t have the wide variety of products we do today? The answer is more than simple: with homemade or natural cleaning products. That doesn’t mean that they are less effective, but rather the opposite.

In the following article, we tell you how to make your own homemade natural cleaning products for your house.

All-purpose organic cleaner

It’s a handmade soap that has various uses. In other words, you can use it to clean different surfaces: from rugs to floors to the kitchen counter and bathroom. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 30% alcohol
  • 20% vinegar
  • 50% distilled water
  • 20 drops of essential lemon oil

The measurements will depend on the container that you use. The good thing is that you can make a lot of it and save it in a bottle or jar to continue taking advantage of its benefits.

A woman smelling a bar of soap.

Tile or porcelain natural cleaning products

This is another one of the natural cleaning products with various uses but, above all, it will be your ally in the bathroom. You can use it to clean tiles and appliances (like the bathtub or sink). It can also help you make porcelain decorations or silverware shine.

  • Just mix lemon juice and water together.
  • Soak a sponge or cloth in this liquid and use on the surfaces that you want to clean.
  • If they have been dirty for a while, let sit for a little bit or scrub harder.
  • Rinse with warm water.

You can also clean bathrooms with vinegar after you have sterilized them with lemon and water. Leave this product on all night and rinse off with water the following morning.

Oven degreaser

There’s nothing more difficult than removing oven grease, especially if you don’t do it very often because layer after layer forms and it will take a long time to remove it completely.

In order to stop using traditional oven cleaners, overly toxic products (that contain petroleum derivatives, potassium hydroxide, and methylene chloride, etc.) and prevent skin, eye, and respiratory tract problems, go for a more natural alternative.

  • The first thing you should do is take a cloth soaked in water as hot as you can stand and wash the entire oven.
  • Then, make a thick paste with water and baking soda and apply it to the surface.
  • Let sit for the whole night.
  • Rinse with a little bit of water the next day.
Natural oven degreaser.

Natural dish soap

This recipe is great for people who have dishwashers at home because it lets you keep your glasses, plates, and cutlery clean and smelling like lemon. It’s also cheaper than the products that are sold in stores. You’ll need:

  • 3 lemons
  • 200 grams of sea salt
  • 100 mL of white vinegar
  • 200 mL of water
  • 30 mL of dish finish (optional)

Preparation

  • Wash and cut the unpeeled lemons and blend them along with the salt.
  • Then, add the vinegar, water, and the dish finish (optional) and blend at high speed.
  • Put the mixture in a pan at medium heat and cook for 15 minutes, stirring once in a while with a wooden spoon. Be careful because it can stick to the bottom.
  • Pour it into a container and let it cool.
  • When it isn’t hot anymore, stir it a little because it forms a layer on top.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator tightly closed.
  • Use it as dishwashing soap, two tablespoons per wash.

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Lemons to make natural cleaning products.

Organic detergent or ash bleach

Detergent or ash bleach is made very easily and you can use the residues that are in the chimney or stove. You should know that wood or paper ashes only work. The harder the wood is, the better quality the bleach will be.

Don’t forget to use gloves and glasses if you have very sensitive skin. Avoid contact with your skin when you’re making the detergent.

Read more here: 5 Cleaning Tricks if You Don’t Like to Clean

  • Sift the ashes to separate the coal pieces. The more white and charred it is, the better detergent you’ll get.
  • Put it in a container with five parts hot water to one part ashes.
  • Cover it with a cloth for 1 or 2 days.
  • Stir once in a while.
  • Pour it by filtering it with a cloth.
Ashes.

You’ll get a slippery-to-the touch liquid. If you drop a potato or egg in it and it floats, that means it’s ready. If it sinks, you should add more ashes. You can use it as a liquid detergent and can dilute it with water when using it. Save it in tightly sealed bottles.

This ash bleach is meant for cleaning clothing and for any utensil that needs to be sterilized like cloths or colanders, for example. Many people use it to disinfect vegetables, roots, legumes, or for disinfecting kitchen or bathroom countertops as well.

Homemade and natural air freshener

In order to remove bad odors from your house and stop using spray or other chemical products that can harm your health, don’t hesitate to use this air freshener.

  • You’ll need a glass bottle with a metal cover.
  • Cover a fourth of it in baking soda and add 8 drops of essential oil.
  • Close the top and mix both ingredients well.
  • Make a hole in the cover with a nail.
  • Put it where you want and when the fragrance goes away, repeat this process.

We hoped you enjoyed this article on some natural cleaning products!