DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

As a natural momma, I try so hard to be chemical-free, non-GMO, and organic on a daily basis. This includes all the products that I use to clean my house.

Did you know there are over 150 chemicals found in homes that are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and physiological disorders? Most of these chemicals are found in everyday cleaning products! 

And with three little boys in my house, it is often the bathroom that I worry about the most. As a high-traffic room with lots of germs, bathrooms need to be cleaned often.

Like all of you, I want life to be easy! I wish I could just not think about it and pick up whatever I want right off the shelf and not have to critically read every label.

However, I feel like companies are getting sneakier and sneakier. In fact, it has come to the point that I just want to make cleaning products myself. Most of the time it’s cheaper and even more effective.

Instead of using cleaning products with potentially harmful products, there are ways to effectively clean by only using natural ingredients such as grapefruit, lemons, salt, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.

I understand that there are many organic and more green pre-made products for purchase these days, but for me, I am trying to minimize the amount of pre-made products that I use when everyday household products like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda do such a great job.

Here are some recipes that I use to clean naturally.

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients: 1/2 cup peroxide, 1 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (or several drops of lemon essential oil).  Do not use lemon juice or essential oils on a porous stone like marble.

Grapefruit and Salt Tub Cleaner

Ingredients: grapefruit and salt

This recipe will give you a fresh spa-like clean that will make your bathroom smell oh-so-good. All you need to do is cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle it liberally with salt. Next, wet your bathtub with water and sprinkle salt around the perimeter. Use the grapefruit with salt to scrub the tub. Finally, rinse it all away with lukewarm water.

Glass Cleaner

Ingredients: vinegar, lemon juice, and water.

Mix together 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 quart of water and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Next just spray and wipe. 

Floor Cleaner

Ingredients: 2 gallons of hot water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, and 3 drops of your favorite organic dish soap.

Mix together and get mopping! This works great for tile, vinyl, and linoleum. Conventional floor cleaner leaves a residue on your floor that builds up use after use causing dirt to stick to it. This solution prevents that and avoids nasty chemicals in your home. The dish soap is added because it picks up the dirt that sticks to it.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients: baking soda, tea tree oil, and vinegar

How-to: sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil into the mix. Next mix in 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for a few minutes and then scrub the toilet bowl with your toilet bowl brush.

Baking Soda Air Freshener

You can easily create your own toxic-free air freshener and even make it look pretty! Just put a 1/2 cup of baking soda in a sterilized glass jar and about 6 drops of your favorite essential oil in it. Cover the jar with a piece of burlap and tie a pretty ribbon or string around it.

Try these methods to keep your family away from harmful chemicals. 

How do we know natural cleaning products work? Here are some links to research showing the cleaning power of vinegar.

Vinegar is inexpensive and biodegradable and many people have used it as a disinfectant for many years. The acid in vinegar kills bacteria and viruses by destroying their cell structure.

This article links to research on the effectiveness of vinegar and baking soda versus commercial cleaners.

This links to research on malt vinegar killing the flu virus.

Author

  • Elizabeth Hanson

    I’m Elizabeth, a passionate mom determined to create a healthy and wholesome environment for my family and others. My commitment to organic foods and non-toxic living drive every aspect of my life as I strive to provide the best products and choices for my family. My journey began as a little girl watching my Grandma Peg lead a natural lifestyle in her home and garden. She became an organic farmer before organic was even a thing. She lived to be well over 100 years old and I am confident that her natural lifestyle choices helped her live that long. She was a truly inspirational woman! As I grew older I became acutely aware of the hidden dangers posed by unknown toxic chemicals in our everyday products. This revelation ignited a fire within me, and I delved deep into researching products that I could use daily to avoid hurting myself, my family, my home, and the environment. From nourishing organic meals to eco-friendly household products, our home has become a sanctuary for health and wellness. As a single mom, I am also perfecting how to do this efficiently and inexpensively. I’ve learned that with a little effort, and making baby step changes, non-toxic and eco-friendly living is not that hard. This realization has led me on a mission to help others do the same. I feel an unyielding calling to help other families navigate this journey also. To reach out and share the knowledge and experiences that I have gained over the years I started this blog to provide practical tips, expert advice, and product reviews to empower other people to make informed choices. Seeing the positive impact of non-toxic living on my family and witnessing the transformative changes in others’ lives has only fueled my dedication further. Whether it’s guiding my kids towards healthier choices or advocating for safer practices in our community, I am always striving to make a difference. My dream is to see every family thrive in a toxin-free environment, cherishing life’s simple and natural pleasures. Through my journey as a mother, advocate, and mentor, I hope to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless families seeing a safer, more fulfilling way of life. Together, we can create a world where everyone can embrace non-toxic living and live a brighter, healthier future.

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