Save some money, the environment, and your health by making your own natural household cleaners!
It’s no secret that most big brand household cleaners are full of chemicals with names we cannot pronounce. Studies repeatedly link them to health problems and illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and cancer.
Some argue that “chemicals” are not as scary as a word made out to be, and they pose a minimum threat. You can’t deny that the USA permits much more questionable ingredients in our cosmetics and cleaning supplies than other first-world countries. While the jury is still out on whether they are truly dangerous, it is wise to find non-toxic alternatives.
What’s better than homemade? Not only are these recipes incredibly easy to make and affordable, but they also provide an effective clean. You won’t need to worry about the ingredients in these cleaners.
Refuse plastic and germs with a natural cleaner for your home. Not only is this recipe non-toxic for your family (pets too), you’ll be enjoying the lovely scenes of lavender and tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties that make it a great cleaning aid. People have used it for centuries to help fight the common cold, treat fungal conditions, and promote wellness.
It can even use tea tree oil to create a hand sanitizer.
Many people believe lavender essential oils have antifungal properties and associate health benefits with la Many health benefits are associated with lavender oil.
Lavender essential oil is associated with many health benefits and antifungal properties. In any case, it will give your mix a lovely scent.
Castile soap does the heavy lifting here. Plant-based and gentle, you can use castile soap for a multitude of purposes. It is incredibly safe to use. For our purpose, substitute castile soap if you are leaving out the white vinegar.
- One teaspoon unscented liquid Castile soap
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 cups of water
Mix all the ingredients gently in a glass container or reuse a plastic spray bottle.
Use your new all-purpose spray in the kitchen with your set of reusable paper towels. The two make a perfect marriage of natural ingredients and low waste living. You can read my guide on reusable paper towels here.
Window & Glass Cleaner
This simple recipe makes a good glass and window cleaner. All you need is some water, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol. It is as simple as putting equal parts to the main two ingredients to get a streak-free shine! Feel free to experiment with your dish soap (or Castile soap).
Distilled white vinegar is a staple in natural cleaning aids because of its low cost and effectiveness. This powerhouse is very popular in cleaner recipes. However, skip it if you have granite countertops. Vinegar’s acidity may eat away its sealant.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar OR
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 teaspoon dish soap or Castile soap (optional)
Recycle your newspapers for the best wipe for glass cleaning. If you don’t read the newspaper anymore, a microfiber cloth or even an old t-shirt can work. This is one easy-peasy natural household cleaner!
This recipe is even more straightforward than the glass cleaner recipe. Water will provide a neutral base while the vinegar will work to disinfect surfaces. You can even skip the vinegar for this recipe. The secret sauce here is the olive oil!
Olive oil will moisturize and condition wooden surfaces beautifully. It seeps into the grains, nourishing the wood and giving it shine. When it comes to dust, oil with lift up and trap any dust for you to wipe away. Like the big dust spray brands full of chemicals, our duster will create a protective shield on the wood.
- One cup of water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil like lemon or orange (optional)
Since oil and water don’t mix well, be sure to shake before use.
Use an old rag or t-shirt for dusting.