Cleaning Without Chemicals

Bringing simplicity and natural products into your everyday life is much easier than you’d imagine, and the joy of concocting various recipes can make a dull task seem cheerier.  It’s rewarding to use the things you make to ease and enrich your life, and in doing so you produce less waste, too.  In this article, I show you how to make a variety of products that can be used around the house. If you are smitten with your all-purpose orange cleaner, why not add to your arsenal of homemade cleaning products by trying out a few of the easy recipes below. No fancy ingredients are needed, just a few straightforward items from the cupboard to make your home clean.



½ cup water

1 ½ tbsp orange vinegar

20 drops lavender oil

Mix together all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray this product onto surfaces and wipe down as and when needed.



2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp washing soda

2 tsp liquid castile soap

1 ¼ cups hot water

Mix all the ingredients together in a squirt bottle and use for every eventuality.



2 tsp homemade essential oil (see page 126); lemon works well

1 cup water

½ cup white vinegar

Combine all the ingredients in a large bottle. Squirt onto furniture and wipe with a dry cloth.



½ cup baking soda

1 cup white vinegar

Add the baking soda to the toilet bowl and leave for at least an hour or overnight, if possible. Pour in the vinegar and wait for the fizzing to stop, then flush. Any tough stains may need a quick scrub with a toilet brush before you flush.



¾ cup white vinegar

¾ cup warm water

¼ cup dish soap

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch

Mix the vinegar, water, and dish soap together and then use a little of this liquid to mix a paste with the cornstarch. Stir until smooth and then slowly add the rest of the liquid to the paste.

Pour into a spray bottle and shake before each use.

Spray onto your white goods and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Discard any unused cleaner after a month.


Excerpted from FORGOTTEN WAYS FOR MODERN DAYS: Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for a Natural Home and Garden by Rachelle Blondel, with a foreword by Dottie Angel, to be published by Tarcher Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2016 by Rachelle Blondel.


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