Good Monday morning, everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve spoken to you at the beginning of the week, rather than the end, but that’s just one of the many changes going on around here lately. Why? Because we love sharing cool things with you so much, we thought we’d do it more often.
We’ve been talking about toxins lately, as well as how to make your own cleaning products, and while that’s all well and good, today we wanted to share with you a variety of ways to clean your home using ingredients that you probably have kicking around the house already, and if not, they’re definitely ones you can snag at the grocery store on your way home from work.
These are all safe ways to clean using non-toxic ingredients. They’re all natural, won’t harm your pets or children, and in most cases they’ll do the job better than those chemical laden cleaners you buy at the store.
We’ll break it down by room, for easy reference.
- To make your own liquid fabric softener, just add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Close the lid, give it a shake before using, and measure out 1/3 cup per load for soft, comfy fabrics.
- Instead of using bleach in the wash, try adding a bit of lemon juice to your rinse cycle to replicate the disinfecting powers of bleach, without all the toxicity.
- To clean and sanitize your cutting boards, just rub half a lemon over it and let the board sit for ten minutes before rinsing. For extra scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the surface before scrubbing with the lemon.
- To remove caked on gunk from your microwave, pour some white vinegar into a small cup, and add a little lemon juice. Run that in the microwave for 2 minutes, let it sit with the door closed for another 5 minutes, then wipe that microwave clean with a warm sponge.
- If you’re someone that washes their dishes by hand, skip the dish soap you buy at the store, and instead combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 3 tablespoons of water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well, and use just like you would any other liquid dish soap.
- Is your fridge looking a little gunky? For an easy cleaner just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a bucket of hot water, then use a clean rag to wipe down the guts of your fridge to get it nice and clean.
- For an all natural disinfectant, combine 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, and 20-30 drops of essential tea tree oil, and disinfect till your heart’s content!
- For a quick and easy recipe to make your own foaming hand soap, check out this link!
- To make an awesome, all natural toilet scrub, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bowl along with 10 drops of essential tea tree oil. Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar into that, and scrub away while the mixture fizzes and goes to work deodorizing and cleaning all that the same time!
- To eliminate mildew in your tub and shower, simply spray the area down with white vinegar, and let it sit for 30 minutes. When it’s done, rinse it clean with warm water. For really grimy areas, don’t be scared to use a clean sponge to help during the rinsing process.
- To make your own wood furniture polish, mix 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1/4 cup of olive oil, then use a soft cloth to work it into your wood for a nice, clean shine.
- For an easy wall scrubbing solution, combine 1/4 cup white vinegar along with 1 quart of arm water, then use a rag to get those walls nice and clean. For stubborn marks, scrub the area with some baking soda.
- If you’re looking for an all natural way to clean your tile floors, mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts warm water, and mop that dirt away with no need to rinse.
- To clean your mirrors and windows au naturel, combine 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle, then spritz and wipe with a sponge or rag. For a fresher scent and more disinfecting power, add some lemon juice to the mix.
There you have it. Simple, effective ways to clean your home using ingredients you probably have at your fingertips.
Ditch those chemicals in favor of these all natural, non-toxic methods, and once you see how effective they are you’ll never want to go back to store-bought products ever again.
For those of you who don’t have any interest in making your own cleaners because you don’t have the time, check out some of the products we’ve already mixed up for you!