Natural cleaners are a great alternative to toxic commercial cleaners but they’re quite expensive. Find out how I make my own for pennies on the dollar.
As natural mamas, we want to clean our homes without harming our health.
I remember cleaning my first apartment after college and having to open the windows, because I felt dizzy. Little did I know at the time it was from all of the toxic fumes of the cleaning products I was using! Yikes!
Fast-forward to today… there’s a whole slew of natural cleaners on the market for those who want to avoid inhaling all of the nasty stuff while they do housework. But mamas, let’s be honest: These products are so EXPENSIVE!
But good news: There is another alternative.
Recently, I have been relying on DIY products. I love these products, because they offer the best clean without hurting your health or pocketbook. There are no harsh fumes, chemicals, or toxins. The ingredients are natural, accessible, and affordable.
All-Purpose Natural Cleaners
Mix 1/2 cup of organic white distilled vinegar or lemon with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Put this mixture into a 1/2 gallon and 2 liters of water.
This little mixture is great for bathroom fixtures, tile floors, glass, windows, and even mirrors. (Just don’t use it on marble or wood.)
Mold & Mildew Natural Cleaners
Mix 1/2 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide or vinegar with 1 cup of water.
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and squirt on mold and then let it sit for up to one hour. You can also add 1-2 TB of baking soda, which will start to bubble from the acidic cleanser. This is good—this means the cleaner is working.
Scrub with a sponge or a brush. Repeat if necessary.
You can also make a thick paste of water, baking soda, and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide for really stubborn spots and stains. In fact, this is a great option for bathroom tile!
Carpet Stain Remover
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly onto stains, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or a sponge using warm, soapy water.
Rugs and Carpet Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on rugs and carpets and wait several hours before vacuuming it all up. This is great, because it cleans and deodorizes!
Floor Cleaner and Polish
Most floors can be cleaned using 1/3 cup vinegar to 2/3 cup water. Add a few drops of mint or citrus essential oils for a nice, clean scent.
If you have wood floors, I recommend investing in a jug of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap. We buy it by the gallon. Pro tip: Buy the baby mild unscented formula and add your own essential oils for a fresh scent that’s nice and safe for floors that little ones and pets crawl around on.
Mix 1 cup of olive oil to ½ cup of lemon and rub a small amount into wood. Remember: A little goes a long way!
How About YOU?
What are your favorite natural cleaners for home? I’d love to hear about all of your best recipes for DIY cleaners. I’m always looking for great, effective methods!