Autumn cleaning naturally

There is something about Autumn that sets me off on a mad cleaning frenzy.  I know I should do it in spring, but for both me and MadDad it is an Autumn thing.  We have just decorated the lounge, sitting room and hall, well painted them and I have the kitchen next on the list.

Cleaning is not my favorite past time, but since having the boys it is something that I get them to help me with.  As I want them to help it is important to me that we use natural products, so that I feel safe having them use them too.  My cleaning kit at the moment consists of white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, a gentle soap, borax substitute, tea tree oil and cloths.

All purpose spray cleaner

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of borax substitute
  • A dab of liquid soap
  • 5 drops of tea trea oil
  • 2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved.  Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.  I have a bag full of old tea towels  t shirts etc that we use in the kitchen, in addition to some microfibre cloths that we use for cleaning.  I also have a post about 15 uses for white vinegar over on A Thrifty Mum.

The only time that I really use kitchen roll is when I am cleaning the bin or the toilets, as I can use the sheet and then pop it in the compost bin for hygiene reasons.  But have to say that I like the fact that

I would love to know what you use to clean and if you make your own cleaning products, what do you use?

4 Responses

Peggy | 10.03.12

Like you I am not too keen on cleaning products so I use ecloths pretty much everywhere and use a steam mop for the floor. The only place I use products is for the toilets.

Wendy | 10.03.12

I love natural cleaning (well not the actual cleaning I won’t ever like that) but when I am cleaning I do use lots of tea tree, baking soda, vinegar and soap flakes.

Jen Walshaw | 10.03.12

Wendy » I haven’t tried soap flakes what are they like?

Jen Walshaw | 10.03.12

Peggy » I have not tried a steam mop for the floor, I must try it

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