For many of us de-cluttering and cleaning our homes can go on all year round and is not just traditionally connected with Spring time. It is estimated that we spend approximately £10 – £20 per month on cleaning products which are predominantly used in the bathroom and kitchen that is equivalent to 4 bottles of wine or 2 – 4 family meals.
When contemplating cleaning your kitchen and work surfaces, do you:
– Automatically reach into the kitchen cupboard and bring out a bottle of conveniently made, shop bought cleaning solution or
-Grab a bottle of made cleaner?
Money Saving Solutions
To help us save money throughout the year, and realising how much money we spend on cleaning products. It appears that we don’t need a cupboard full of shop bought products, but just a couple to clean our homes, which in turn can save us lots of money during the course of a year.
The team liked the idea of making our own natural, non-toxic kitchen cleaner. With a few simple ingredients we decided to have a go. If you would like to try this too, this is what we made…you will need:-
– A Kilner jar (a jar with a tight fitting lid)
– Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) If you are being choosy, try an organic/raw and unfiltered variety.
– Orange peel (from 3+ oranges depending on the amount of cleaner that you wish to make)
– Spray bottle
If you are planning to make a big batch of cleaner, keep the orange peel in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh until you need it.
Put the orange peel in the bottom of the jar. The peel from 3 oranges in a pint of liquid should be enough for a small batch of cleaner. (Making a small batch first gives you the opportunity to try and decide if you like it before making it for all your cleaning needs)
Fill the jar with ACV ensuring that you cover the peel. Secure the lid tightly and place on the side of the worktop.
Shake the jar daily to help release the oil from the skin of the orange into the ACV. Keep the liquid for at least 7 – 10 days before you use it.
After the 7 – 10 pickling period has passed, strain the liquid into a spray bottle ready for use. Throw away the orange peel.
Handle your cleaning solution with care
Cleaning solutions although made with natural products can still contain mild acids that can if you have sensitive skin, burn and sting the eyes. It is a good idea to wear rubber gloves and eye protection when cleaning very dirty areas, to protect your hands and eyes.
Ensure the room is well ventilated
Make sure the room is well ventilated when using any type of cleaner to reduce the chance of being overcome with fumes. (I have experienced this when I accidentally mixed two cleaning liquids together in the sink; it was not a nice experience)
Many people have their own preferred recipe for cleaning products, but if you would like to find out about other cleaning solutions, take a look at Keeperofthehome.org this site that can offer you alternative recipes for cleaning solutions around the home.
What scented cleaning products will you make for your home, will they smell of oranges or lemons? If you have a favourite recipe or cleaning tip that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.