Last Updated on January 12, 2021
Cleaning the house is an activity that demands financial, physical, and environmental resources. Did you know that in places where sewage is not properly treated, cleaning products end up in the oceans? As the vast majority of them contain toxic substances, they end up damaging marine ecosystems. In addition to the chemical content, each bottle you buy at the supermarket involves packaging, which is usually made of disposable plastic. This material is one of the slowest to decompose, and it damages entire food chains. So the best thing you can do is to use greener cleaning products or make your own at home using some cleaning hacks. This will save your money and will stop harming the different life cycles of the environment. Check out some kitchen cleaning hacks that are done entirely in a natural way.
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1. Homemade Dish Detergent
To do your own dish detergent, you will need 100g of natural coconut bar soap, 1.5ml of water, 25ml of alcohol, 1 cup of baking soda, and the peel of medium lemon (or 5 drops of lemon or lavender essential oil). Boil the water and add the chopped coconut soap and stir until it melts. Add the alcohol, baking soda, and lemon peel. Stir in the fire for another 3 minutes and turn off. If you choose essential oil, add the drops at this point. Pour into a closed glass with a lid and let it cool. Voilà!
2. Coconut soap
The necessary ingredients are: • 2 liters of clean and strained cooking oil. • 500 g of caustic soda in flakes or flakes. • 2 freshly grated coconuts. • 700ml of water. • 125ml of cereal alcohol. • The essence of your choice. Beat the coconut with water in a blender until you get a thick paste, and cook the mixture until it reduces three-quarters of the volume. Heat the oil in another pan and dissolve the soda with a little hot water in a bucket. Add the oil and coconut mixture. Stir a lot and pour the mixture into the dishes to harden. Ready!
3. Easy homemade degreaser
This is the best kitchen degreaser and the simplest recipe: you only need alcohol vinegar to remove fats during your cleaning. Let it act for about 15 minutes on the desired surface. Among these house cleaning hacks, this is the cheapest! To clean the tiles is also easy. You will need 250ml of the natural detergent we taught above, 100ml of alcohol vinegar, and the juice of 3 lemons. Mix everything and spray over the area to be cleaned, leaving it to act for 15 minutes. Use a sponge or other similarly textured object to scrub.
4. Natural and vegan disinfectant
Does vinegar disinfect? Yes. And this is one of the easiest cleaning hacks. Reserve a large container to pour 500 ml of natural detergent, 750 ml of alcohol vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 10L of water, and finally, 120 ml of your favorite essence (lavender or chamomile, for example). Just stir and mix well to dilute the ingredients, and that’s it! Now you are going to clean your house very well and end the pain in your conscience.
5. Brooms made of PET bottles
Store 19 2-liter PET plastic soda bottles in the same shape and get a broom handle, scissors, stylus, hole puncher, hammer, wire, and nails, you should have most of these laying around the house, you will also need them for other cleaning hacks. Remove the labels and cut the bottom of them with the stylus. Separate one bottle from the other 18. Cut 0.5cm wide strips from bottom to top up to the mouth. Remove the neck of 17 bottles with scissors. Fit the 17 one by one over the one with the neck. This is the basis of the broom. Now cut the top of the separate bottle and fit it over the base. Drill two holes aligned at the top of the base, with a distance of 3cm between them. Fit the wire into the first hole, go through all the layers of bottles, and pull it back through the second hole. Twist the ends to prevent it from coming out. Fit the broom handle to the neck of the base. You may have to sand the bridge to adjust it to the diameter. Secure with the aid of two nails and the hammer.
6. Floor squeegee made with PVC tubes
You will need two pieces of 18cm long PVC pipe, a 3/4 T PVC, EVA rubber. Black 5mm, pen, saw blade, sandpaper, and pipe glue. Sand the ends of the pipes and the T. Use the pipe glue to glue the two pieces to the two upper ends of the T. With a pen, mark the surface to be cut to insert the rubber. You can use a traditional squeegee to know the exact angle and measurement. Cut with the saw blade. Then, take the EVA to make the part that slides on the floor, measure and mark 9cm of the width of the piece on both sides of the rubber. Make the cut using a stylus and the aid of a straight object, such as a ruler. Fold the cut rubber part in half and fit inside the tube. To make the squeegee cable, use another long pipe or glue smaller pieces and fit it on the T leg. This is the most surprising of the cleaning hacks, right?
7. Dustpan made with reused packaging
Reserve an empty softener or bleach pack, scissors or stylus, a slide marker pen, a piece of string (optional), and a plastic bag (optional). Mark the shape of the paddle around the packaging with the pen. Cut the package following the mark you made with scissors or a stylus. Now you have the best dustpan made from recycled material!
8. Plant and produce your vegetable sponge
To make your own vegetable sponge, you need 1 large flower pot or 9 cm pots, vegetable soil, and seeds from the Luffa cyllindrica vine. Germinate the seeds in organic fertilizer. Keep the compost moist. When the roots start to appear, plant them in a flowerpot or in pots with the vegetable soil you can use some other life hacks to decorate the flower pot using broken glass. Water and make sure it’s in a high-temperature place. The ideal is to leave it inside a greenhouse, even if homemade.
As the plant’s stems expand, place support. After about six months, the loofah will be ready to be harvested when its color changes to a yellowish tone. The bushing itself will be wrapped in a shell. Squeeze them gently to remove them. Place the loofah in a bowl of warm water, squeeze, and wash well. The bushing will become more flexible as it absorbs water. Then just hang it up to dry, and cut it to the wanted size. Many industrial-scale cleaners use substances that, besides being harmful to the environment, cause allergies in the human body. On the other hand, when made at home using natural ingredients, they become biodegradable and save you a good amount of money. All of these cleaning hacks do not require complex processes or large amounts of money. Quite the contrary: they can be done in a few minutes and reduce your supermarket expenses – and the toxic waste you produce.