I have made my own cleaners, apart from a couple bleach-based ones I use in the bathroom, for a long while now. It started out of penny-pinching necessity but health was an added bonus, because these cleaners are so safe to use that even children can use them. And in my house, they do!
The midget is in charge of cleaning doors and handles and tables and polishing. So long as it involves a spray gun he's a happy bunny. In return for giving him permission to 'shoot' my doors I get a grub-free environment. Win-win.
And it never fails to amaze me how cheap and healthy and moreover so fantastically quick to make homemade cleaners are, that I wonder why people buy ready-made at all!
Take, for example, these two sprays - both were made in under five minutes, they last weeks, smell good and cost pennies. When you see the ingredients you'll be doubting that they work at all, and saying "well, if it were that easy then why do big companies charge big money and add a whole lot more nasties in their stuff" ... a very good question to ask, by the way. But I promise you, they REALLY do work.
So here are the recipes for our current all-purpose surface cleaner, and furniture polish:
1 teaspoon ecover washing up liquid
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons vinegar (I use white, but any will do)
2 cup boiled water
To avoid a volcanic reaction put the bicarb. of soda in the water before you add the vinegar!
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon essential oil (we use Ylang Ylang)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 3/4 cup boiled water
Place in an old spray bottle and off you go.
I know. Seriously.