At HealingRadius, we’ve always been an advocate for more Au natural ways to clean. Let’s face it: the fewer harsh chemicals you have lingering around the surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of your house, the better. Coming to us today from across the pond with another HR guest blog is Amber Cross, a London-based writer and small cleaning business owner. She’s written up a few DIY natural home cleaner and air freshener recipes you may want to consider substituting for any harsher cleaners you currently use:
If you’re looking for alternative ways to refresh your home rather than using sprays full of chemicals, you have come to the right place. Here you will find 4 DIY home freshener recipes suitable for ultra-frugal living people. They will cut your expenses and help you keep your carpets, soft furniture, and whole rooms smelling pleasant. Use them to create your own deodorising products and sprays which will serve you for a long time.
Before using refreshing sprays and products in your rooms and on soft furnishings, make sure you’ve effectively cleaned them. This way you won’t mask dirt and mould smell and you achieve better results with the deodorising.
Air Refreshing Spray
The ingredients you need for making this spray are:
- 12-15 drops of essential oil (grapefruit, lemon, orange, lavender, or any scent you like)
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- 1 ½ cups of water
- A spray bottle, small (for more concentrated spray) or large (for less concentrated spray)
Mix all ingredients well in a spray bottle and use directly on items and surfaces you want to refresh. You can create a stronger and more concentrated version of this spray by using more vinegar than water and about 20 drops of essential oil. Or you can keep this spray in a smaller bottle with a diffuser. Use the more concentrated spray for faster effect in bathrooms and other rooms before guests, for example.
Easy Home Refreshing Spray
This one is very simple to do and can be used to deodorise the air in your rooms. The ingredients you need for it are:
- 4 tablespoons of any eco-friendly or natural fabric softener
- A spray bottle
Pour 4 tablespoons of a natural or eco-friendly fabric softener in a regular size spray bottle and fill the rest of it with water. Mix well and spray in the room or area which needs refreshing. Use fabric softener with a scent you like.
Orange Cinnamon Air Freshener
This freshener consists of all natural ingredients. To make it, you need:
- 2 sliced oranges (you can use lemon or orange peels)
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of ground cloves
- 2 sticks cinnamon or 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 quarts water
Pour 2 quarts water into a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and wait for this mixture to boil until it becomes fragrant. While it is simmering, lower the heat. Check the concoction often and, when the water evaporates, add more water every now and then. This freshener will make the room nicely scented and it will keep the orange and cinnamon aroma for a long time.
Long-lasting Carpet Freshener
This carpet refreshing product is cheap and has a lingering aroma. The materials you need for making it are:
- 6 cups of baking soda
- 3 cups of dried or crumbled flowers or lavender buds
- 1 cup of cornstarch
Just mix all ingredients very well in any airtight plastic box or container you have, like an ice-cream pail. Store the products for a few days before using the freshener. Use on carpets by sprinkling a generous amount and letting the mixture work for 1 hour. Then, you can vacuum clean the carpet. End of Tenancy Cleaning Notting Hill suggests cleaning your carpet and refreshing it will be done easier and faster with this mixture.
After thoroughly deep cleaning your home, you can use the presented above home fresheners. If you use them on unclean surfaces, you will only succeed to mask the odour, but not for long. For the best results, before spraying some areas and rooms, always provide suitable cleaning of the area and surfaces.