How to Make Homemade Cleaning Products in Liverpool
The outbreak of Covid_19 has made us all more aware of how we clean our hands, homes and groceries. To protect you and your family from nasty bacteria and viruses, here’s how to make homemade cleaning products easily, quickly and on a budget. Let’s start with homemade disinfectant.
Homemade Disinfectant – Homemade Cleaning Products
A good homemade disinfectant needs to be concentrated and versatile. During social isolation in Liverpool, it can be difficult enough to get a click and collect shop, so if you can’t get your usual cleaning products, here’s how to make a cheap and powerful disinfectant. It’s important to disinfect high-touch areas of the home such as:
- light switches
- kitchen and bathroom taps
- tv remotes
- computer game controllers
Please make sure not to damage electronic items and use a sparing amount of homemade disinfectant on them.
There are many different ways to make a homemade disinfectant but here’s one of our favourite methods!
Apple Cider Vinegar / White Vinegar Homemade Disinfectant
You can make a homemade disinfectant with both apple cider and white vinegar.
To make an apple cider or white vinegar disinfectant you’ll need:
- 1 cup of apple cider or white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- an empty spray bottle
- Add all the ingredients into the empty spray bottle
- Secure the lid and shake well
- Spray onto surfaces you wish to disinfect
- Allow to stand for 2 minutes
- Rinse well
- Dry with a clean cloth
Disinfectants have a dwell time, which is a specific time the homemade cleaning product needs to be on a surface in order to work and kill all the pathogens. This particular natural cleaning product has a dwell time of 1 to 2 minutes. Spray the disinfectant onto the surface, allow 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing with water and wiping clean.
Natural Antivirals – Homemade Cleaning Products
As we know, Covid_19 is a virus, which means it can be spread from person to person through tiny droplets in the air. These droplets can be inhaled or can contaminate your hands, nose, mouth and surfaces. This is why Covid_19 is easily spread. In order to prevent the spread of this virus, surfaces must be cleaned frequently. Washing your hands is very important but if you fail to wash surfaces too, clean hands can become dirty quickly. Here is an easy to make natural antiviral homemade cleaning product that you can use around your home.
How to make a natural antiviral homemade cleaning product
Lemons are a fabulous natural ingredient for homemade cleaning products. Lemons reduce bacteria on hard surfaces and can leave a refreshing scent. The acid in lemons make them a natural antiviral and antibacterial cleaning agent.
To make a lemon cleaning product, you’ll need:
- the juice of 2 lemons
- an empty spray bottle
- the juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- Juice the lemon and lime, making sure to remove the pips and pulp.
- Add all the liquids to the empty spray bottle, close the lid and shake well.
- Spray your homemade cleaning product onto surfaces.
- Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.
- Rinse well with water and dry with a clean cloth.
Natural Antiviral Ingredients You Can Eat
You can also eat and drink natural antiviral ingredients such as lemons, garlic and ginger. If you feel a cold coming on, we recommend this wonderfully powerful herbal drink.
Antiviral Ginger Tea Recipe
- fresh ginger
- a couple of slices of lemon
- Chop up the fresh ginger and add to a pan of water.
- Slice half a lemon and add this to the water too.
- Bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add cayenne and honey to taste and enjoy warm.
Adding fresh ingredients to your daily diet will help boost your immune system. We highly recommend taking garlic daily, either as a supplement or fresh in a meal. Herbal tea such as thyme, ginger and lemon tea are wonderful immune boosting drinks and taste delicious too.
How to Clean Your Groceries – Social Isolation
When you go to the supermarket in Liverpool, or if you have your groceries delivered, you still need to wash each and every item. Here are some tips and advice on how to clean your groceries during the Liverpool lockdown.
- Put all groceries and shopping bags on the floor rather than on a counter top
- Fill the sink with warm soapy water
- Put on washing up gloves or disposable gloves
- Pick each item, remove excess external packaging and throw into a bin or into the recycling bin if they can be recycled
- Wash items thoroughly, paying close attention to lids on bottles, tops of tins, fruit and vegetables you might eat raw
- After washing all items from your shopping bags, you can now wash the plastic shopping bags too
- After washing all items and the shopping bags, it’s time to wash the gloves and remove. Store away or dispose of single use gloves.
- Dry the items and put them away
- Wash out the sink, clean the tap, the draining board and the soap dispenser
- Mop the floor with a homemade disinfectant
These tips will help you to sanitise your Liverpool food shop and protect your household from exposure to any nasties.