Homemade cleaners are the only type I have in my house.
Many years ago, I found out that my daughter was allergic to many things. Big and I worked hard to figure out what was causing her skin rashes and allergies. Turns out she was allergic to nuts, but also many household cleaners. Bath soaps were high on the list too!
At that point, we decided to use natural cleaners to keep our house clean and smelling good. Essential oils help give the house a good smell, but are not necessary. I find that the smell of vinegar, which is a natural disinfectant, is now something that I relate to “clean”. Many people do not know that vinegar is not only a disinfectant, but also a deodorizer and grease cutter.
My favorite ingredients to use are:
- Baking Soda
- Dishwashing Soap
- Washing Powder
Here are a few recipes of mine:
Window Cleaner (use a lint free cloth or newspaper to clean the windows)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup White Vinegar
Place this mixture in a spray bottle. Spray on window or mirror and wipe off with a lint free cloth or newspaper.
- 1/4 c rubbing alcohol
- 3 drops dishwashing liquid
- 2 cups water
- 5-6 drops essential oil
Place the ingredients in a cleaning bottle, mix gently. Spray on counters and wipe with a lint free cloth.
- 1 Bar (14 oz) Fels-Naptha
- 2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says “Super Washing Soda”)
- 2 C Borax
- Blender/Food Processor (or regular fine grater)
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Use a 1/8 cup per load.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup vinegar
- 2 Cups Warm Water
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. The mixture will foam. When it is finished foaming, put the cap on and spray the surface. Wipe clean with a lint free rag.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 3 – 5 Drops Essential Oils
Turn off flow valve to toilet. Flush until water is drained. Pour in baking soda, then slowly pour in vinegar, being sure to get vinegar to cover as much of the bowl surface as possible, then add essential oil. The vinegar and baking soda will bubble – this is the cleaning action. Use your toilet brush to scrub surface & remove any rings or stains. Turn water back on and flush.
- 1/2 Cup Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup Water
Pour the water and vinegar in a medium/large bowl . Microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove (use a hot pad holder if you need to) and wipe down with a rag.
Need more natural cleaners? Check out these from a few of my blogging friends.
I hope you have found a few great cleaners. I know I feel so much better when I use natural cleaners in my home.