DIY zero waste cleaning products

Zwoice . Jul 12, 2018

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All purpose cleaner

Four pink soap bars placed on a net
Ingredients
  • 1l water
  • 10g citric acid
  • 10 drops essential oil

Preparation

  • Dissolve the citric acid in water.
  • Add essential oil. 
  • Pour into a spray bottle.  

Use

  • Suitable for all surfaces, such as windows, mirrors, floors, sinks, bathtubs and even toilet. 
  • Spray on any kind of surface and wipe with a cloth.
  • You can add baking soda or salt for nasty stains and scrub using a brush.

Dishwasher powder

Wooden bucket and water in the background

Ingredients

  • 300g crystal soda
  • 75g citric acid
  • 125g fine salt

Preparation

  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Store in a glass jar. 

Use

  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of the mix into the container foreseen for tabs or gel.

Drain cleaner

Sink drain

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water

Use

  • Remove all water from the sink or tub and pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.
  • Add about 2 cups of boiling water. Wait a few minutes.
  • Pour another cup of baking soda down the drain.
  • Add 1 cup of white vinegar and plug the drain immediately. If you’re unclogging a double sink, plug both drains. You’ll hear sizzling coming up from the drain and see bubbles foaming up.
  • When the bubbles have died down, pour the remaining boiling water down the drain.
  • Repeat this process if necessary. It can also be used as a monthly treatment to help prevent future clogs. 

Laundry detergent - color

Clothes drying on strings in a street

Ingredients

  • 65g grated pure olive soap
  • 1l water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 drops essential oil tea tree
  • 10 drops essential oil lavender


Preparation

  • Boil the water in a saucepan.
  • Remove from fire and add grated soap.
  • Stir until the soap melts.
  • Add white vinegar and stir. 
  • Let the mix cool down, stir it now and then. 
  • Once cold, add the essential oils. 
  • Pour into and store in a bottle.


Use

  • Add one cup directly into the drum or into the detergent compartment of your washing machine.

Laundry softener

Cotton flowers

Ingredients

  • 200ml white vinegar
  • 300ml water
  • 30 drops essential oil


Preparation

  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Pour into a bottle.

Use

  • Add half a cup into the softener compartment of your washing machine.

Wood furniture polish

Olive oil poured into a transparent glass bowl

Ingredients

  • 200ml lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water


Use

  • Lightly apply to wooden furniture using a soft cloth.
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Then buff.

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