Are you tired of spending money on harmful cleaning products?
Would you like to reduce the number of toxins you and your family are exposed to?
Many toxic chemicals found in popular, mainstream, cleaning products can cause breathing problems, itchy skin, rashes or burns, irritated eyes AND they are no good for the environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cautions that “some cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals that can enter the body through skin contact or from breathing gases into the lungs.” Making your own natural cleaning products is better for your wallet and your family.
The Healthy Alternative
Limit your exposure to toxins, use natural cleaning products. It's easy to change your cleaning routine and it's worthwhile since your health is literally priceless. Reducing toxins in a home is especially important if there are pregnant women or young children present. So take 10-20 minutes out of your day, save money, and make your own natural cleaning products with this guide. Homemade, organic cleaning products are a safer, healthier, alternative to toxic cleaning products and you probably already own a few ingredients to get started!
The Basic Ingredients You'll Need
Vinegar, the O.G of natural cleaners, vinegar has an acidic property that is great for cleaning. You can buy this in any supermarket.
Baking Soda has SO many amazing qualities and purposes besides sitting in the back of your fridge or pantry. This item is also found in any supermarket.
Liquid Castile soap is an efficient vegetable based soap you will be upset you haven't been using. It has various cleaning purposes like body wash, dish detergent, soap to wash your pets, and all-purpose cleaner. I bought this item at Harmon Face Values for $8, but you can also find it at Walmart, Target and of course online.
Essential Oils are concentrated oils derived from plants that have disinfecting properties and they add an amazing smell to homemade cleaners. The best ones to use for our purpose include lemon, tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and orange. I bought mine from Young Living and Walmart has the Shea Moisture oils.
Water, regular tap water will do.
A few spray bottles depending on how many recipes you like from this article and preferably glass (if you can find it) or you can just reuse a Febreze bottle or the dollar store has a few plastic ones (anything along those lines).
Recipes For Powerful & Natural ‘All Purpose Cleaners’
Ingredients: an empty spray bottle, white vinegar, water, liquid Castile soap, and tea tree oil (or your choice)
Grab your spray bottle, fill it a quarter of the way with the white vinegar, then fill it with water and at the end add a few squirts of the liquid Castile soap and about 8 drops of tea tree oil.
Mix it around and not to be so obvious but to use just spray liberally to clean.
Spray bottle, baking soda and water
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water until it becomes thick in a bowl (for single-time use) or in a plastic container if you want to make enough to save it.
*This option is great for cleaning stainless steel sinks, jewelry, silver utensils, countertops and more. This recipe creates a thick sand-like substance so use a rag to clean and a paper towel to wipe it off after.
Spray bottle, white vinegar, baking soda, lemon or tea tree essential oil
Combine ½ cup of white vinegar with 10 drops of either essential oil of your choice in a spray bottle, then add 2 tbsp of baking soda and mix it well.
Add water to fill the bottle to the top and gently shake it all together.
simply spray the dirty area and wipe with a cloth like you normally would, minus the toxins this time :-) !
P.S- I gave 3 options for the all-purpose cleaners depending on what ingredients you have available and due to vinegar's acidity it can harm granite or marble countertops but it works well on other surfaces for cleaning and mixing it with essential oils makes it smell better.
1/4 White vinegar
2-5 squirts of Castile soap
8-10 drops essential oil
2 cups of water
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend thoroughly.
To use, simply spray onto the window or a glass surface, then wipe with a cloth or paper towel. For tough spots, the rough side of a kitchen sponge always does the job.
Homemade ‘disinfectant wipes’
1 cup of water
1/4 cup white vinegar
8 drops tea tree oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
An empty container (an old baby wipe container is ideal)
15 – 20 squares of cloth from an old t-shirt, dish towel or similar material
Fold and place the cloth squares into the empty wipe container and then set it aside.
Then, in a separate mixing bowl, combine the water, white vinegar, and all three essential oils.
Mix it by stirring. Pour the mixture over the cloths in the container, allowing them to soak.
When you’re ready to clean, pull out and use just like you would a store bought wipe. When done with a cloth wipe, throw it in the hamper and clean it with your laundry for future use.
Homemade bathroom cleaner ‘tub scrub’
An empty spray bottle, Castile soap, water and baking soda
Fill a spray bottle with ⅓ Castile soap and ⅔ water.
Next, spread baking soda generously around tub/shower and spray the Castile soap mixture on top of it.
Scrub with a brush for a naturally clean tub you won’t have to hold your breath while cleaning in order avoid the chemicals in the air from typical store-bought cleaning products- like that one time my uncle passed out from using ammonia to clean the bathroom.
Happy cleaning! Let me know how these recipes for natural cleaning products worked for you and if you would like me to post more blogs for cleaning things like brass, copper, and tiles.