Do it your­self clean­ing prod­ucts


Store-bought clean­ers can con­tain a heap of chem­i­cal nas­ties that may not be very good for us, or for our en­vi­ron­ment.

Many house­hold clean­ers are easy to make your­self, which means you’ll know ex­actly what is in them. This can also work out a lot cheaper, es­pe­cially if you buy the in­gre­di­ents in bulk on­line or from a bulk store such as Bin Inn.


Mix 3 ta­ble­spoons of liq­uid soap and 25 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bot­tle; fill with wa­ter. Use on bench­tops, floors, toi­let seats any­where you might need a bit of anti-bac­te­rial magic.



1 and cups bak­ing soda (rea­son­ably priced in bulk from Bin Inn)

cup liq­uid soap

2 ta­ble­spoons wa­ter 2 ta­ble­spoons white vine­gar Method: Mix the bak­ing soda and liq­uid soap in a bowl. Add the wa­ter and mix un­til smooth. Stir in the vine­gar last – the mix­ture will foam up a lit­tle. Pour or scoop into a jar with a spat­ula.

How to use it: Scoop the mix­ture out of the jar with a damp cloth and start us­ing. It can be left on sur­faces for a while if your soap scum is be­ing par­tic­u­larly stub­born. This is also a great oven cleaner.



1 and cups bak­ing soda

cup cit­ric acid

30 drops each laven­der, pep­per­mint and le­mon es­sen­tial oils

Method: Mix the bak­ing soda and cit­ric acid in a bowl.

Put the oils in a small spray bot­tle and spray onto the dry in­gre­di­ents lit­tle by lit­tle while mix­ing.

If the mix­ture is too dry – it should just hold to­gether when pressed - add a lit­tle wa­ter to the bot­tle as well.

Put the mix­ture in sil­i­cone trays and al­low to dry for six hours. Store in a lid­ded con­tainer, and throw one in the loo oc­ca­sion­ally.



2 cups bak­ing soda

1 cup sodium per­car­bon­ate (avail­able in bulk from TradeMe or other on­line out­lets).

This oxy­gen bleach is the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in Napisan. It is biodegrad­able and leaves no harm­ful residues.

Method: Us­ing the 2:1 ra­tio, mix as much as you have in­gre­di­ents for. How to use it: Add a scoop (about 3 ta­ble­spoons) per stan­dard bucket of warm or hot wa­ter for soak­ing. The so­lu­tion stays ac­tive for about five hours.


Soda wa­ter does a great job – use from a spray bot­tle and let the fizz do the hard work. Al­ter­na­tively, use a so­lu­tion of half white vine­gar, half wa­ter. Dry with a cloth or squeegee, and then buff with a scrunched-up piece of news­pa­per.

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