Cleaning is something we do every day, multiple times a day especially if you have children and/or pets. We have both, so we wanted to make it easier and safer. Months before I got pregnant, we decided to start switching to more natural cleaning products. I’ll admit, it was a little hard to let go of the cleaning brands that I was use to buying (especially from couponing), but ultimately we had to let some go, as I did more research. I’m glad I did! I found that cleaning our house naturally takes the same effort, if not less, than cleaning with store brand products that contain harsh chemicals. Natural/Green cleaning is important to me because it’s safe for kids and pets, environmentally friendly, and improves indoor air quality. Most of the items used for natural cleaning are items we already have around the house, which we use for different purposes. That’s one thing I love about these products, they are so versatile. You can use them for many things, from cleaning, cooking, hair and skin care, Aromatherapy… you name it! Instead of going to the store to buy a lot of different cleaning products, you can make some of your own, right at home. There are over a million homemade products that can be done, you just have to choose which one best fits your home and style of cleaning.
Now, I’m no natural cleaning guru but these products really work for cleaning my home and other things. I love making my own household cleaning products because I know exactly what ingredients are included in it. Also, it’s safe (non-toxic), inexpensive, and allows me to create my own scents.
I am still transitioning, researching, and learning more and more every day about natural cleaning. The more I learn, I will definitely share!
Essential Items for Cleaning your House and DIY Homemade Cleaning Products
Here are some essential household items to have for Natural Cleaning:
Water– H2O! Distilled, boiled, or filtered water works the best and last longer when you make your homemade cleaners.
White Vinegar and/or Apple Cider Vinegar
Baking Soda- Does almost everything!
Super Washing Soda
Castile Soap- It’s biodegradable.
Lemon/ Lemon Juice- Strongest food-acid! It kills most bacteria around the house!
Essential Oils (my favorites are lavender, lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus)– These oils are the best-smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes.
Isopropyl Alcohol(or Vodka)
You will also need spray bottles (preferably glass), microfiber clothes, scrub brushes, small towels, storage containers (with lids), and labels to help get the job done!
DIY Homemade Cleaning Products
Here are a few simple homemade cleaning solutions to get you started:
All Purpose Cleaner: Combine all ingredients below in a spray bottle and shake well before use.
- Warm Water, distilled or filtered (1/2 cup)
- White Vinegar (1/2 cup)
- Essential Oil (of choice, 5 to 10 drops)
- Warm Water, distilled or filtered (2 cups)
- Liquid Castile Soap (1 teaspoon)
- Washing Soda (1/2 teaspoon)
- Essential Oil (of choice, 5 to 10 drops)
Glass and Window Cleaner: Combine all ingredients below in a spray bottle and shake well before use. Spray directly onto windows and mirrors. Use a microfiber cloth or newspaper to wipe window.
- Warm Water, distilled to filtered (2 cups)
- White Vinegar (3 tablespoon)
- Rubbing Alcohol (3 tablespoon)
- Castile Soap (1 teaspoon)
Bathroom Cleaner: Combine all ingredients in spray bottle, and shake well before use.
- Cleaning Vinegar (1/2 cup)
- Juice from Lemon (1/2 Lemon)
- Natural Dish Liquid Soap (1 tablespoons)
- Essential Oil, for scent (of choice, 3 to 5 drops)
Air Freshener/Carpet Deodorizer: Combine ingredients into a Mason jar, mix with a spoon (or close Mason jar shut and shake well). Remove Lid and pour on carpet through a sifter or let sit open as an air freshener.
- Baking Soda (3 cups)
- Essential Oil (10 to 15 drops)
Green Cleaning is Good Cleaning!
Story Time: So one weekend, my friend Chantal came to visit me. After a long day of hanging out, she fell asleep on the couch while watching TV. As she was sleep, I started to clean up the kitchen. All of a sudden, she wakes up, turns to me with a crazy look on her face, and says “WHAT IS THAT DARN SMELL?” (It was sooo funny). I instantly remembered that she absolutely hate the strong smell of vinegar (I did not dilute or add essential oils to this particular cleaner). We both looked at each other and just burst into laughter. Therefore, I explained to her about the importance of natural/green cleaning and how I use vinegar for almost everything. Her words to me “Ugh, you’re so fancy and annoying!” lol. Although she may not like the smell of just vinegar, I also explained to her how there are so many ways to make homemade natural cleaning solutions that can tone down the strong smell of vinegar or simply don’t include it. She understood, I hope!
Guess what she is getting for her birthday next year?!?!… A basket of homemade natural cleaning products (made with vinegar) from yours truly! Just kidding!