You don’t have to surround yourself and your family with chemicals and toxins to have a hygienic home. This guide goes back to the basics of all-natural cleaning that will give your house the shine it needs without costing the earth. Use these super non toxic hacks to clean your home naturally and leave your home feeling fresh and smelling amazingly clean with 100% natural, inexpensive products.
A cleaning staple: Baking soda
Once you realize the many uses of baking soda as a cleaning product, you’ll never live without it. As a natural deodorizer baking soda soaks up offensive smells. Unlike artificial fragrances, baking soda eliminates the odor instead of covering it up. Perfect for a child’s room or nursery. You can sprinkle it in smelly shoes, add it to your laundry, and spread it over musty carpet floors and vacuum the bad smell up. It’s inexpensive and it works!
On top of this, baking soda can cut through grease and stains. We love making a natural stain remover paste with baking soda and a little bit of water. Leave it over-night and you’ll be amazed at the results.
If we haven’t sold you on soda yet, just remember it’s also a great baking ingredient. So if you don’t feel like cleaning, you can always bake a cake instead! It’s a perfect multi use product.
Vinegar is a 100% natural powerful cleaning agent. Instead of pouring money down the drain on expensive and harmful toxic cleaning products, swap them over for a bottle of vinegar. It’s a great cleaner that kills germs, cuts through grease and is relatively inexpensive. What more could you ask for?
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How do you use vinegar in your home?
- Dust your home with a vinegar solution.
- Cleaning your bathroom and toilet with a vinegar solution
- In the kitchen with an all-purpose cleaning solution of vinegar and water.
- Clean the drains in your home with white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
- Clean your windows with white vinegar, warm water and dish washing soap.
- Clean wooden blinds with a very mild dilution of white vinegar and water.
Once you start using lemon juice as a natural cleaner, you’ll never go back. A natural disinfectant, lemon is not only great on mold and grease but it smells absolutely amazing. Why would you purchase artificial lemon cleaners when you can have the real thing! A fun way to freshen up your place is to put lemon in a jar of water to infuse the air with an organic lemon scent.
If you’re worried about losing all the nice smells that come with conventional cleaning products, essential oils are here to save the day! Start adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to vinegar or baking soda as a natural alternative for a simple soft scrub which is great for cleaning a stovetop or grimy sinks.
Recipes for using essential oils to deodorize your home:
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lime essential oil
10 drops wild orange essential oil
Deep Clean Toilet Scrub
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3/4 cup water
Daily Shower Spray
1.5 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1 teaspoon natural liquid dish soap (not castile soap)
15 drops lime essential oil
15 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
Combine in a quart-sized spray bottle. Spray daily on shower door and walls after use (this is a preventative spray, designed to help prevent build-up)
Lemon Carpet Refresher
1 cup baking soda
30 drops lemon essential oil
Combine in a small container, and cover tightly with a lid. Shake well and allow to sit for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle on stale or smelly carpet and allow to sit on it overnight. Vacuum up the next morning.
Fresh Linen Spray
1/4 cup distilled water
3 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
20 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops frankincense essential oil
Add all ingredients to a small spritzer, shake well, and spray on sheets, pillowcases, and linens.
Sweet Lavender Air Freshener
3/4 cup water (I use tap water, but distilled is fine too)
2 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or real vanilla extract
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops chamomile essential oil
Combine in a 8 oz spray bottle, shake to combine. Spray throughout the house to eliminate odors or stale smells.
Tub and Shower Gel
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup natural dishwashing liquid (not castile soap)
Heat the vinegar in a small saucepan on the stove until hot (but not boiling). Carefully stir the dishwashing soap in until combined, then pour into the squeeze bottle. Squirt onto shower and tub, and allow to sit for 1-3 hours.
Wipe off with a scrubber or sponge. I’ve tried many, many DIY shower cleaning recipes, and this is the ONLY one that will easily remove our farm-scum from the tub without requiring a ton of elbow grease on my part. It uses a lot of soap, but it’s worth it to me!
Resource – theprairiehomestead.com
Olive oil is not only a delicious and healthy oil to cook with, but it’s also a great natural cleaning product. Olive oil cleans off grease and increases shine. It’s safe to use on stainless steel, leather, wooden furniture, cast iron, and silverware, to name but a few! If you have some leftover oil, don’t forget to add it to your salads and pasta!
Coarse sea salt is a natural way to scour butcher blocks and cutting boards. Just cut a lemon in half, spread the salt over the board and rub it in. Give the board a rinse and your board will be like new again.
Ok, you’ll have to let us talk about how amazing lemon is one more time! Whenever you are prepping dinner, keep your lemon, lime, and orange peels. Then, pop them into a mason jar filled with vinegar.
Let all of those fresh citrus vibes sit for around two weeks, then throw away the peels and use the vinegar as a cleaner. Not only is this an effective all-purpose cleaner but it’s also a great way to save on waste and make your house smell amazing!
1.Boil 5-6 orange peels in a pot of hot water along with whatever other spices you’re in the mood for. Let the mixture simmer for a little bit. In the past I have added cinnamon with the peels for that fall aroma and then cloves and star anise in the spring.
Your home will smell amazing without the use of chemicals, and this homemade air freshener will even disguise the strongest cooking smells.
2.If you are lucky enough to have a gas stove top then you can try this trick from India. Burn orange peels on the stove. Instant room freshener.
3.Use orange peels to freshen up your garbage disposal. My simple trick was to put citrus peels in along with a few ice cubes to clean the kitchen sink. Makes a racket but works miracles!
4. To make a natural citrus cleaner using orange peels, take a good handful and put them in a mason jar and cover with white vinegar. Leave submerged for a couple of weeks, occasionally shaking every couple of days. Sieve the vinegar out into a spray bottle and use it to clean the kitchen counter, the stove top, even bathroom counters (just not granite – vinegar doesn’t sit well on stone).
The vinegar and orange oils make a 2 X cleaning combination and the smell the mixture leaves behind is unbeatable.
5.Cleaning the microwave is a breeze with orange peels. A bowl of water with orange peels on high for 2 mins will do the trick. Leave the microwave closed for another two minutes and then use a cloth to wipe the inside.
A clean microwave and your kitchen will smell like you’re standing in the middle of a citrus orchard in the Mediterranean.
While cleaning products are meant to clean, their impact on your health may be a little more than you bargained for within your home and body.
Many of us were raised to use some of the most hazardous products on the planet and not think anything of it, but we should give it a second thought and focus on using natural non toxic cleaning products as opposed to the everyday cleaners you can pick up at just about any store.