For most of us, cleaning is part of our daily routine, especially during the holiday season—we all want our living space to be a healthy, happy haven as friends and family visit to celebrate the season. But if products with harsh chemicals and unpleasant aromas make cleaning feel like an especially unpleasant chore, then look no further than your kitchen cabinet. With a little creativity using products you most likely already have in your kitchen, you can create your own natural cleaning products in a snap. Just follow these easy tips for a holiday cleaning regimen that will leave your entire house feeling fresh, clean and festive.
- Try this all-natural sanitizer for your kitchen sink. Before you prepare your favorite holiday recipes, reach for natural, eco-friendly ingredients to sanitize your sink. Instead of using harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach, try common household ingredients like white vinegar and lemon juice. Rub the sink with a cut lemon and spray white vinegar all over the sink, faucet and handles, allowing the acidity of both ingredients to kill any unwanted germs and bacteria. Then, toss the citrus rinds from the lemon down the garbage disposal. After 30 minutes, turn on the faucet and disposal to allow the rinds to clean and sanitize your sink. Wipe the surrounding areaclean with a damp towel for a sink that will sparkle brighter than your holiday lights.
- Fill your home with a citrusy-fresh scent with this all-purpose cleaner. A simple and smart way to upcycle your old orange peels is to make them into a natural household cleaner. Fill a glass jar with white vinegar and place the peels from about 3-4 oranges inside the jar. Let it sit for 7-10 days, strain the liquid, and use the orange-infused vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner around the house. It smells great (there’s something so refreshing about the smell of citrus during the winter), is safe for all surfaces, and is pretty enough to double as kitchen counter décor.
- Use ingredients from your holiday salad dressing to create a natural glass cleaner. While making a delicious dressing for your holiday kale salad, you can also whip up a natural mirror and glass cleaner, too. Just mix one part water, one part white vinegar and half of a lemon into a spray bottle (you can leave out the oil and spices in this vinaigrette). Shake and spray the mixture onto the glass shelves in your refrigerator, or mirrors and glass tables around your house. Then, wipe off the cleaning solution with a cotton rag. Just keep in mind that, like your salad dressing, this mixture is perishable. You’ll need to use the mixture within 24 hours, but the lemony-fresh smell you get from this natural cleaning solution will make for a pleasant cleaning experience.
These are just a few of the many recipes for creating a natural cleaning product at home that can help make sure your home is fresh, clean, and holiday ready. As always, make sure that you test out these natural cleaning products on a small, indictable portion of the surface that you are cleaning before you get started.
Do you have any tried-and-true DIY cleaning tips? I’d love to hear about them! Let us know in the comments below.