Cleaning your house with all natural products is a great way to avoid harsh chemicals and carcinogens, and is also a lot safer for you and your family. When you forego commercial cleaning products, you no longer have to worry about your children or pets getting into something they shouldn’t, and you also don’t have to worry about breathing in harsh chemicals and additives that could make you sick. Here is a DIY guide for making your own natural cleaning products at home, along with a few great tips and tricks. As a professional housekeeper, I can say that this guide works great for keeping your home fresh and clean, naturally!
Making your own cleaning solutions and disinfectants is a great way to save money and know what is being sprayed around your house. One great recipe I like to use is citrus infused vinegar cleaning spray. You can make your own batch by using the following recipe:
- Citrus Peels
- White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Water (optional, used to dilute for cleaning glass)
- Fill a jar with organic citrus peels (I like to combine lemons and oranges)
- Pour undiluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar over them
- Strain vinegar
- Pour combination into a spray bottle and use to clean
This natural cleaner works great for wiping down and disinfecting surfaces, patio furniture, floors, etc. It also works great as a window or glass cleaner when diluted with water.
If you’re tired of trying to battle soap scum on your bathtub or shower then try this homemade scouring powder recipe!
- Baking Soda
- Pour 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax into a jar or bowl
- Mix well
To use your natural scouring powder simply wet the surface with water or undiluted vinegar and sprinkle the powder on. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub with a brush or stone until clean, and then rinse with water.
If you want to make a shaker for your scouring powder, try pouring the mixture into a mason jar and poke some holes in it with a sharp, serrated knife.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Cleaning your toilet bowl with natural products is a breeze! Simply try the following method:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Dump a cup of baking soda into the toilet and let it sit for an hour or two
- Pour a cup of white vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes
Does your refrigerator or freezer smell bad or need a deep cleaning? Then try this recipe! It works great for cleaning up spills, and stains, and gets rid of odor fast!
- Baking Soda
- Lemon or Lime
- In a spray bottle combine 2 parts vinegar and 1 part lemon or lime juice
- Clear out refrigerator and sprinkle a layer of baking soda over shelves
- Spray vinegar & lemon/lime solution over baking soda and watch it fizz
- Let soak and fizz for a few minutes
- Wipe away with a wet rag
For bad stains and caked on food, you might need to use a stone or scrub brush