Some may view the switch to natural cleaning alternatives as a daunting chore. I assure you it’s more simple than you think. It’s simple because you may have most ingredients on hand already, plus they aren’t difficult to come by at all.
Why Natural Cleaner?
Many household cleaners contain chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment. Not to mention they can be pretty pricey. When you make your own cleaning products, you know exactly what’s going into them, and you save yourself and your family dollars on end.
If you have yet to tackle your spring cleaning there’s still some time to do so. Gather your supplies and let’s try out some natural cleaning recipes.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives
First Things First …. Do you have any of these basic supplies? Here’s what you may need to begin your natural cleaning journey.
Salt (preferably course but any is fine)
Essential Oils of Choice
Check? Now let’s get into these recipes!
1. All Purpose Cleaner
1 cup Vinegar 1 cup Water Spray Bottle (preferably glass) a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil*
Add all ingredients to your spray bottle and shake.
*Esential oil is optional to mask the smell of vinegar; but even without it the smell will fade once it dries away.
2. White Surface Cleaner
Funnel (optional)* Spray Bottle 1 part Baking soda 1 part Hydrogen peroxide
Using your funnel, carefully add your baking soda to your spray bottle. Add hydrogen peroxide and shake. Spray on white surface, leave for a few minutes then wipe clean.
*If a funnel is unavailable to you, you can grab a piece of regular paper, wrap into a cone shape, and use as a makeshift funnel to pour the baking soda.
3. Floor Cleaner
Sometimes you may not need any form of cleanser to clean the floors. All you may need is boiling (or very hot) water. Boiling water is effective because it acts as a makeshift steamer for your floors.
All floors may not take so well to boiling water so here’s a floor cleaner recipe.
2 Cups water 1/2 Cup White Vinegar 4 Drops Castille Soap 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol Few drops essential oil of your choice
4. Oven Cleaner
All you need to is make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Spread the mixture on the bottom of your oven, leave on for several hours (depending on how tough the stains are) then wipe clean!
5. Dishwashing Liquid
It’s super easy to make dishwashing liquid. Take Wellness Mama’s recipe for instance.
6. Shower Head Cleaner
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been on Pinterest before and seen the photo of a plastic bag tied around a shower head. We probably sat and thought, “what the hell is that for?”. Well, the bag is filled with vinegar, and it is soaking the shower head to remove hard water stains.
How-to: take a plastic bag and fill it with vinegar. Carefully tie the bag around the shower head so that it is immersed and able to soak. Soak for 12 hrs to overnight and remove.
7. Laundry Detergent
take this Mommypotamus borax free laundry detergent recipe for a spin!
8. Bathtub Cleaner
Soap scum gathers on our bathtubs (ew) whether we like it or not. It’s an unsightly feature, but it’s super easy to get rid of.
2 Parts Baking Soda 1 Part Borax 1 Part Salt Create a paste with the above ingredients and wipe your bathtub clean with a microfiber cloth(or any cloth you have on hand).
9. Fabric Freshener
Here’s an awesome fabric freshener recipe from DIY Natural
10. Lemon Fresh Glass Cleaner
1 tsp Salt Half a lemon
Sprinkle 1 tsp salt on lemon half, then put in a little elbow grease for hard water stains on your glass surfaces.
OR try this,
Basic Glass Cleaner 1 part water 1 part distilled vinegar
Add ingredients to your spray bottle and shake. Spray on glass surface, leave for a few minutes then wipe clean.
1 cup baking soda 1/4 cup citric acid 1 tablespoon dish soap
Add ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Press the mixture into silicone molds or an ice cube tray. Store in a jar or airtight container. To clean your toilet, just drop one in to watch it fizz and do its magic!
Note: If the above natural cleaning alternatives aren’t for you, that’s totally fine. Maybe you just can’t take the smell of vinegar or would prefer ready-made natural cleaning products. If that’s the case, here are some brands to consider: