Like many folks who are beginning to recognize the negative effects of chemical laden cleaners, I joined the natural movement several years ago. Today, I make an easy homemade cleaner that is used in both the kitchen and bathroom!
WHY I CHANGED OUT MY CLEANING SUPPLIES
Though I was skeptical in the beginning, changing over to natural cleaners seemed to be the only alternative as the ‘normal’ ones bothered my lungs. Besides, I didn’t want to worry about keeping cleaning supplies stashed away where children couldn’t find them!
As time passed, I began to realized that natural doesn’t mean weak. Between my favorite home cleaner, baking soda and borax I feel confident that my home is just as clean as it used to be!
VINEGAR AND SOAP NUTS
Vinegar was my natural choice as it’s a known bacteria killer. But I wanted something stronger than just vinegar! Which is why I began making a soap-nut infusion.
Soap nuts naturally contain cleansing properties, also known as saponins. When combined with vinegar, they make a wonderful cleaning agent! In fact, I so love the properties of soap nuts that I also use them in my all natural shampoo bar!
HOW TO MAKE MY FAVORITE NATURAL HOME CLEANER
To make your own cleaner you’ll need:
- 4 C of white or ACV vinegar (5% acetic acid)
- 6-8 whole soap nuts
- (optional) 1 Tbs of herbs
Directions: take a clean quart jar and place soapnuts and herbs (if using) in the bottom. Fill the jar with vinegar and let it sit in a kitchen cupboard.
In a few hours, the soap nuts will soften. Shake your jar to help release the saponins.
When ready to use, pour liquid into a spray bottle. Leave soap nuts and herbs behind so that pieces won’t clog the spray-bottle’s straw!
This accomplished, you can add more vinegar to the soap nuts in the jar and they’ll do their job all over again!
Soap nuts give this cleaner an earthy smell. But don’t worry! You’ll find both the vinegar and the soap nut odor disappears within the hour (or less).