I don’t know about you but conventional cleaning products really freak me out. They come with those really nasty warning labels, horrible fumes that make it hard to breathe, the also contain a list of questionable ingredients that are not only toxic to us but also the environment. I just find it counter-intuitive to try to make your space as clean and healthy as possible when your spraying toxins and chemicals all over the place.
I’m very passionate about safe, natural cleaning products and I say if you can ingest it or put it on your skin don’t use it. So today I’m going over my favorite natural cleaning products. Everything I’m going to share with you is free of nasty chemicals and safe for you and your family.
This is the KING of non-toxic cleaning. There are hundreds of ways to use vinegar to clean and disinfect your home, just fill up a spray bottle and get cleaning! Here are just a few of the many ways you can use it.
- Spray on your counter tops to disinfect them ( Just be sure not to use vinegar on granite or marble counter tops)
- Clean your windows and mirrors with it for a streak-free shine
- Add a small amount of vinegar to your rinse cycle to help soften clothes and keep colors vibrant
- Leave a small bowl of vinegar out overnight to help deodorize a room
If you find you can stand the smell of vinegar try adding citrus peels to it. Just place any citrus peels you have in a mason jar, fill with vinegar and let it sit for at least three days. Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar, and you’ll have a lovely citrus scented all purpose cleaner!
Lemon is very similar to vinegar in its cleaning abilities. It’s fantastic at disinfecting, deodorizing, and makes a great alternative to bleach. Here are some of the best ways to use lemon in your home. While we’re talking about lemons I’m going to add that lemon essential oil is also a great option for cleaning.
- Slice a lemon in half and use it to wipe down your cutting boards. It will kill bacteria, and remove stains
- Use a few drops of lemon essential oil to remove sticky label residue from jars
- Drop a few slices of lemon down your garbage disposal to freshen up for sink
Hydrogen peroxide does so many amazing things for the body, but it’s also an incredible cleaner. It’s great for disinfecting surfaces, it’s a wonderful bleach alternative, you can also use it to clean cuts and scrapes, as well as to remove blood from clothing. Here are some more great tips for using hydrogen peroxide.
- Spray down your counter tops to disinfect them
- Take a toothbrush dipped in hydrogen peroxide and scrub your grout to help whiten it
- Swish a small amount around your mouth to brighten and whiten your teeth.
- Soak your cleaning sponges in a 3% solution of water and hydrogen peroxide to sanitize them
This is a staple in our house. It’s made from a blend of amazing plant oils and can be used for just about anything. Personally, I use Dr.Bronners castile soap because it’s organic and fair trade. Here’s a just a small list of the things you can do with castile soap.
- Mix castile soap and water in a soap dispenser to make your own foaming and soap
- Fill your sink with water and add a few drops of castile soap to wash your fruits and veggies
- Mixed 1 cup castile soap, 2 cups water, 1 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup salt, and 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice to make a great, natural laundry soap.
I’m sure this goes without saying, but baking soda is a must when it comes to all natural cleaning. It’s so cheap, it’s versatile, and just like vinegar, it has hundreds of uses. Here are just some of the great things you can do with baking soda.
- You can avoid harsh drain cleaner by pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drain, followed by boiling water
- Mix baking soda and a little bit of castile soap to make a scouring paste
- Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, let it stand for an hour then vacuum it up to deodorize your carpets
I really hope you enjoyed my natural cleaning guide, and I’d love to know if any of you have a favorite natural cleaning product. Make sure you tell me all about them in the comments below.