- Purchase spray cleaning bottles from a hardware store and fill them with boiled water and a 4 tables spoons of white vinegar. Shake well and leave to stand whilst chopping the herbs.
- Take a handful of the chosen herbs leaves from the list below and, using sharp scissors, chop into small pieces into a mug.
- Pour boiled hot (but not boiling) water over them and leave to steep for at least 15 minutes.
- Strain the juice into a jug.Empty the water and vinegar solution from the spray bottle into another spray bottle for step 7 and fill the original spray bottle with the strained herb juice. Top up with cold boiled water.
NOTE: As there are no added preservatives, these herbal solutions must be kept in a cool dark place. Adding a teaspoon of white vinegar, coconut milk or lemon can preserve them for longer. It will be known when they are no longer usable by the unpleasant smell which is not harmful but means their cleaning properties will have deteriorated. To make a stronger solution add two cups of the steeped herb solution or mix and match different herbs as desired.
- Shake the spray bottle of natural cleaning solution before each use.
- Spray the surfaces and leave them wet for at least one minute before wiping them down.
- Then use the spray bottle filled with clean water and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar to polish dry the surfaces of sinks, baths, showers, toilets, cookers, microwaves, washers, dryers and inside of refrigerators and freezers. The shiny polished surface this creates will not only make it harder for mould and bacteria to cling to but will deter other pests such as ants from taking residence in the home. 2 tablespoons of any steeped aromatic herb solution from the list below, such as lavender, can be added to the polish solution for a pleasant toxin free fragrance.
LIME SCALE AND TOUGH STAINS
For a lime scale and tough stain removing cream cleaner, add bicarbonate of soda to some of the steeped herb solution to make a paste. Some bacteria can survive in a high salt environment so the addition of a herb with this cleaner is necessary. Bicarbonate of soda is alkaline (that means it has a pH greater than 7) and has a gritty texture so it has many beneficial cleaning uses around the home.
EXTRA CLEANING POWER
For extra cleaning power in the kitchen add a tablespoon of the following to the herbs when they are being steeped before straining and leave to steep for an hour. They can also be added to the cream cleaner for stubborn stains.
- Aloe Vera (gel from inside the leaves) – antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal.
- Ash gourd seeds (crushed) – has antiseptic properties
- Cinnamon (ground sticks) – has antiseptic properties
- Cloves (crushed) – antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal.
- Coconut (milk, oil or ground flesh) – is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic
- Coriander seeds (crushed) – contains eight antibiotic compounds that kill food borne bacteria.
- Lemon juice – has antiseptic, degreasing and bleaching properties.
- Peppercorns (ground) – kills pathogenic bacteria found in food.