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Monday, 30 December 2013

Make your own Kitchen cleaner and kick those chemical nasties to the curb!

If you are looking for a frugal kitchen cleaner that is toxin and chemical free....you wouldn't believe how easy (and cheap) it is to make!

 I'm not a total neat-freak (come on....my house is lived in 24 hours a day 7 days a week!), but I am a little obsessed by germs and making sure they are dead...you would always find a bottle of antibacterial spray dousing my kitchen worktops after every meal!
So despite wanting to make the switch to something more natural, it took me a little while to actually do it!
I knew these anti-bac sprays are no good for our long term health, and wanted to provide a healthier, safer environment for my family.....so when I found a recipe using vinegar and orange peel it looked so pretty in the picture I knew I had to give it a go!
Its so easy to make, and all you need is:
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Orange peel
  • lemon (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)
So find a large jar or container and fill with around 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water (I'm guessing here! I just eyeball what looks good!.....if you want specific measurements there are plenty of ingredients lists online).
Add left over orange peel, a few drops of essential oil (I used orange) and let it soak for a couple of weeks!
 I had a lemon that was turning past its best, so I squeezed out its juice and sliced to add a bit of extra zing and cleaning boost!
After a couple of weeks its quite hard to believe this liquid was once white vinegar and water because its drawn out all the orange extract it now looks like juice!

Strain all the peel and pour into an empty spray bottle and you a ready to go!

It has a strong unsweetened citrus scent...a huge improvement on the vinegar stenched work surfaces that are left when using just vinegar and water alone!

Not a bad product I have to say and costs literally pennies to make!

I defiantly feel more comfortable letting the kidos clean up after dinner.....if only they would just wipe the table the way I like it done! ......sigh!


What D.I.Y products have you made and tried? Drop a comment below.....I need more ideas!

10 comments:

  1. Asalaamu alaikum. I love the citrus vinegar cleaner my favorite combination is orange and grapefruit! I also do a no cook/no grate laundry detergent that works great mashaallaah, liquid dish soap and a couple of cold/flu remedies.

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  2. wa'alaikum asalaam wa rahmatullah!

    Sounds awesome mashaAllah! I have been looking online for d.i.y laundry detergents! How do you make yours?

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  3. 3/4 cup liquid castile Soap - i usually use the baby mild by Dr Bonner but this last batch I made with the Peppermint and it was surprisingly wonderful!
    1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
    1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
    20-50 drops of essential oil (lavender is nice)

    Pour the Super Washing Soda and Borax into the bottom of a large bucket or container at least 2 gallons (I use a mop style bucket).
    Stir well
    Add enough hot tap water to cover the dry ingredients. Completely dissolve the dry ingredients before adding the liquid Castile Soap.
    add the liquid Castile Soap, then slowly add water and stir.
    Fill the bucket up with hot water (a total of 2 gallons of water - if you using a 2 gallon bucket fill to 2 gal mark.
    I pour the finish detergent into 2 milk jugs.

    I believe that I found this recipe At "My Merry Messy Life" its the 3rd one I have tried and my favorite. I like the powdered detergent too but I hate grating the soap lol.


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    1. JazakAllahu khayr for taking the time to share that! x

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  4. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu dear sister,

    jazak Allahu khayran for the recipe and instructions. i made some earlier this evening - I'm looking forward to seeing the end results!!

    Wassalam alaykum
    umm khalil

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  5. Wa'alaikum asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

    Wa'iyyakim barakAllahu feeki, Alhamdulillah,

    Let us know how it turns out inshaAllah!

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  6. Thank you for sharing. Please add pinterest button to this blog!!

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    1. Alhamdulillah!
      For a couple of weeks I've been trying to figure out how to get the pinterest button to work on the blog.....still haven't got there yet! ....any pointers?

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    2. I can still pin your blog because I have the pin it button in my browser. But it would boost your traffic if you can get the pinterest button to your blog because this is an amazing blog! A lot of amazing mom in pinterest will love your printable resources etc. Here's the llink I hope it will help. https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/website-widgets-and-pin-it-buttons

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    3. Thanks for your help!

      I think I have cracked it inshaAllah .....The easiest button to add was the hover - so when you hover over an image the pin-it button should appear inshaAllah!?!

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