Have you ever stood in front of the shelf in the supermarket with all those colorful bottles of floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner and many other special products? Even the selection is difficult because all the factors such as cleaning power, price, skin tolerance and environmental aspects can hardly be meaningfully brought under one roof.
Various environmental labels and comparisons offer a certain orientation, or you can use particularly ecological cleaner concentrates such as this one.
However, I have found that all of this is basically not necessary at all. For a few years now, I’ve been making it even easier for myself and making all the cleaners myself. This works wonderfully with inexpensive and environmentally friendly home remedies and even with kitchen waste!
In this way I save money, protect the environment and avoid the stress of shopping. I would like to introduce you to the best ideas and recipes in this post. I am convinced that there will be a suitable homemade no rinse floor cleaner for you too.
Homemade No Rinse Floor Cleaner Recipes
Baking soda cleaner
A simple but very effective recipe for homemade household cleaners consists of baking soda, curd soap and a little lemon juice or essential oil for a fresh scent.
This homemade all-purpose cleaner costs just a few cents and is quick to mix. It is absolutely sufficient for everyday soiling in the kitchen and bathroom, is suitable for all surfaces and completely skin-friendly.
The floor cleaner is even easier to make with vinegar. For the basic recipe, you only need two parts vinegar and one part water. Alternatively, you can use diluted vinegar essence. Simple household vinegar is a wonderful limescale remover and also helps against other soiling and deposits.
If the vinegar smell bothers you, you can rest assured that it will disappear after a short time. You can also add essential oil of your choice to the cleaner to achieve a more pleasant scent and to increase the antibacterial effect. Lavender and tea tree oil are well-suited.
For stubborn or dried-on dirt, you can combine this cleaner very well with the homemade scouring paste with baking soda.
Even if vinegar is very effective against dirt, you should only use it sparingly on silicone joints. In such cases, a recipe with citric acid is more suitable. This white powder is really an all-rounder in the household.
This citrus cleaner is best filled into a spray bottle and used to clean floors, fittings and sinks. If the water in your area is a bit harder, you will love the lime-dissolving power of the citrus cleaner.
Organic cleaner with citrus peel
With a little patience, you can also make a fantastic scale remover and powerful cleaner from the peel of citrus fruits. They contain a high proportion of natural citric acid and cleansing essential oils.
Simply layer the peels tightly in a glass and top up with household vinegar. Make sure all the peels are covered and let them steep in the vinegar. Shake the jar occasionally and add vinegar if necessary. This is important to avoid mold growth.
After about two to three weeks, the peel and any remaining pulp that have come off will be filtered out and your all-natural citrus cleaner is ready.
Note that this cleaner is not suitable for natural stone floors, as lime and other minerals could be dissolved and washed out. At best, highly diluted vinegar water is suitable for such surfaces.
How to Clean Limestone
Even for silicone joints and silicone seals, cleaners with a high proportion of vinegar are only suitable to a limited extent, as the active ingredients in the vinegar can make the joints porous. In these cases, the cleaners with citric acid and baking soda are more suitable. Rubber, on the other hand, is resistant to acetic acid.
Children like to collect horse chestnuts for handicrafts in autumn. The forester is also happy about some food for the forest dwellers. But did you know that the chestnut fruit is rich in soap-like substances? The saponins they contain make chestnuts the perfect detergent, they are just as effective as soap nuts, but unlike these, regionally and completely free of charge.
In addition to the many other uses for horse chestnuts, you can also make a natural household cleaner with chestnuts.
Other organic cleaners
In addition to chestnuts and citrus peel, other plants and “kitchen waste” can be converted into homemade cleaners. Potato peels, for example, are very suitable for cleaning stainless steel, glass and leather and can be used as a basis for organic dishwashing liquid.
Even the water used for cooking pasta does not have to carelessly disappear down the sink. The starch it contains works very well in loosening grease and other dirt.
As is so often the case, the best comes at the end. This recipe works wonders for really stubborn stains. It is not known as a magic solution for nothing and is particularly popular in the Thermomix community. With washing soda, some dishwashing liquid, vinegar essence and essential oil, you can create this magic solution in just a few minutes, with or without the Thermomix.
This cleaner works very well as a spray for surfaces, but can also be added to the cleaning water for floors and windows. It dissolves oil and other dirt very well and is effective against bacteria, viruses and mold.
As you can see, there are many different ways to make an effective, natural and very inexpensive floor cleaner. What’s your favorite recipe? Or maybe you even use a much better one? Then please leave us a comment below!