Finding cleaning products that fit in with an all-natural, toxin free lifestyle can be a struggle. Many detergents and all purpose cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that most people would like to avoid. They can not only cause health issues, but often also impact our environment. The good news is that there are some great natural alternatives to the traditional cleaning products found in your local supermarket. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that only abrasive chemicals will cut through the grime. However, there are plenty of natural alternatives that will have your home sparkling clean. And the best part? You probably already have them in your pantry. Here are our top three DIY natural, homemade cleaning product recipes that will help you keep your home clean and healthy.
Our top 3 DIY homemade cleaning products
1. Homemade all purpose cleaner
For all of your general surfaces, vinegar is your best all-natural friend. Combine one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and use it as you would any all purpose cleaner.
If you have marble, granite, or stone countertops and are worried about the acidity of the vinegar you can replace it with rubbing alcohol for a less abrasive disinfectant, but for everything else vinegar is completely safe.
Vinegar in a spray bottle is also great to use on glass and stainless steel surfaces, just adjust the ratio to one part vinegar, four parts water. Unlike soaps and detergents it wont leave streaky marks, and if you are worried about the smell, don’t be, it fades away as soon as you polish your surface. Vinegar is also handy to have on hand when cleaning any floors that aren’t wood. Mop with one part vinegar and two parts water to make your floors sparkle.
2. DIY kitchen cleaner
This one is super simple to DIY and remarkably effective. All it really takes is a lemon. This cheap, natural, and acidic fruit is brilliant for cleaning everything from microwaves to cutting boards in your kitchen. To start with the latter, cut a lemon in half and rub it over your cutting board. Be it wood or plastic, the disinfectant properties and porous texture of the lemon will clean out every groove. If you have any particularly tough spots or grimy sections, sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and scrub it away with the lemon. Once you have scrubbed the entire board, leave it be for ten minutes or so and then rinse it off with water.
If your microwave is looking a bit grubby, a simple solution is to cut up a lemon, put it in a bowl with some warm water or vinegar, and set it to two minutes. Leave the door of the microwave closed for a good ten minutes after it has pinged. Take out the bowl and wipe down the sides with a sponge, chux, or cloth, the grime should come right off and the natural cleaner will leave no residue that could seep into your food.
3. Natural bleach alternative
Sometimes it may seem like a natural cleaner won’t get the job done. This is where baking soda saves the day. The coarseness of this natural powder is sure to alleviate any tough stains lurking on surfaces, silverware, in bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. It’s the perfect DIY natural cleaning product that you probably already have somewhere in your cupboard. Especially when combined with vinegar and a little elbow grease, baking/bicarb soda really packs a punch.
To use this natural cleaning powerhouse, simply sprinkle it on tough spots, lather it in with either warm water or vinegar, and scrub the stain away. You can use this simple trick anywhere from the kitchen to bathroom, just keep it away from more porous surfaces such as wooden floors so that you don’t damage them. It even works to freshen up the notoriously difficult to clean grout lines.
It’s important to note that bicarb and vinegar are the all-natural grime-fighting duo that your cleaning routine deserves. Have a blocked drain? Pour in bicarb, vinegar, let it sit, and chase it down with hot water. Want to freshen up your toilet bowl? Scrub bicarb and vinegar throughout the bowl and drop in some essential oils for a fresh scent. Tarnished silver? As long as the silver is durable, sit it in bicarb and vinegar and the tarnish will vanish before your eyes.
With these three recipes you can make your own natural cleaning products at home with just a few basic ingredients. Try them out and see for yourself how easy it is to clean in a sustainable and healthy way.
Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!