Because everything in and out the home needs to be cleaned and disinfected now.
As we enter into the phase of the ‘new normal’, we need to be absolutely cautious of hygiene and cleanliness no matter where we are. Having small spray bottles of disinfectant solution in the car and on your work station is advisable as extra measures to keep you and things around you sanitised in all possible situations.
We’ve already walked you through the simple steps on how to make your own hand sanitiser at home. But it is not only your hands that need cleaning — everything else including your smartphones as well as parcels from online deliveries need to be wiped and cleaned properly when they reach you, because as the old adage goes: “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.
Beyond disinfecting yourself, make good use of your time during the MCO to keep your home spick and span. From mixing your own air freshener to cleaning carpets, oven and mirrors, here’s how you can make your own natural cleaning solutions at home — it’s not rocket science.
This all-purpose household cleaner can be used to clean furniture, kitchen surfaces and everything else under the roof. Use this solution to freshen up, scrub and naturally disinfect anything, including those delivery boxes that arrive at your doorstep today.
What you’ll need: 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1tbsp baking soda, 1 litre of hot water, 1/2 a lemon
Scented Cleaning Spray
If you’re looking for a refreshing and pleasant-smelling solution for cleaning, this natural solution can help you wipe away general dirty splotches, disinfect trash cans and even remove hard water stains from any possible surface. All you need to do is combine the ingredients together and let it sit for a week in a spray bottle before using the solution. Do not use this acidic cleaner on marble, granite or stones to avoid etching them.
What you’ll need: 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, lemon rind, rosemary sprigs
Here’s a solution for you to clean mirrors, sliding doors, windows and other glass surfaces at home. Combine the ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle for easy use. Spray the solution on a soft cloth or paper towel first before wiping those glass surfaces. If you’re attempting to clean your windows, avoid doing it on a hot, sunny day. The solution dries quickly and may leave lots of undesirable streaks.
What you’ll need: 2 cups water, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol of 70% concentration, 1-2 drops essential oil of choice (we’d recommend orange)
If you find your carpet feeling grimy and need a quick fix, this homemade carpet freshener can help you disinfect, kill fleas and their eggs, and leave the carpet smelling good right after. All you need to do is combine the ingredients well (this is a dry mix) and store in an airtight container. Sprinkle some of the dry solution around the carpet or rug, let it sit for approximately 30 minutes, and do a quick vacuum to finish.
What you’ll need: 2 cups Borax, 1 cup baking soda, 10 drops essential oil of choice
Homemade oven cleaner
With so much baking done at home, you should ensure the inside of your oven is always clean and grease-free. Simply combine the ingredients into a paste and spread all over the internal walls of the oven. In a scrubbing manner, rub the paste generously and leave it overnight. The next day, spray some vinegar on the dried white patches (it will create a foaming effect) before wiping it off with a damp cloth until clean.
What you’ll need: 1/2 cup baking soda, 3 tbsp water, 1/2 cup white vinegar
Homemade Air Freshener
Spruce up the mood at home with a natural air freshener of your favourite scent. Use lavender or any citrusy essential oil to make this solution but experiment with higher ratios of vinegar to water or increase the amount of oils to make a more potent solution. Make this solution in small batches to retain the properties of the essential oils.
What you’ll need: 12-15 drops pure essential oil of choice, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/12 cups water
Eco-warriors will find this fascinating. Make your own disinfectant wipes using recycled cloths; these can be laundered and reused multiple times. Simply mix the ingredients together in a bucket and let the cloth squares soak up all the liquid. You can store in a container and pull out these disinfectant wipes whenever.
What you’ll need: 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 8 drops tea tree oil, 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 8 drops lemon essential oil, 15-20 squares of cloth (from recycled old-shirts or old dish towels)