These days everywhere you turn there is some sort of chemical product designed to clean this or that, make this smell nice and that shine bright. There are chemical cleaning products to get rid of stains and to soften your clothes. Not to mention the super lethal versions designed for unclogging drains and cleaning ovens. That’s a whole lot of chemical in the average household. Yuck!
Since becoming a mother, the thought of storing and using chemicals all around the house makes me a little nervous, so bit by bit we have been replacing the majority of our household chemical-based cleaning products for natural cleaning products, as a way to simplify our life.
What is really cool about natural cleaning substitutes is the fact that you will likely have most, if not all of the ingredients at home already. This means not only natural and safe, but also cheap and easy to use too!
A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO DIY NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
Most natural cleaning products for the home consist of a combination of these simple ingredients:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Essential oils
- Lemon/lemon juice
- Olive oil
The best option for essential oil is eucalyptus, tea tree oil or lavender due to the extra benefit of having antibacterial properties, however for the purpose of just adding a pleasant scent, other essential oils can work well too.
Pour a generous amount of baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar. The natural reaction between the two products will help unclog blockages. You may need to do it twice if really bad. You can do the same in other drains in the house too.
Fill a bowl with vinegar and water, and turn on microwave. Food build up will loosen with the steam. Find more detailed instructions here.
Burnt Pots & Pans
Add 1 cup of baking soda and 1-2 inches of water to the pot or pan and bring to boil for 10-15 minutes. Scrub lightly to remove burn marks and build up.
Empty dishwasher and place dishwasher safe cup in dishwasher rack, filled with white vinegar. Complete dishwasher cycle. Remove cup and sprinkle baking soda around dishwasher. Run full cycle again. More detailed instructions here.
Showerhead & faucet
Using a bag big enough to fit over your shower head (a zip lock bag is good), fill with 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Tie bag over your showerhead or faucet and leave for several hours to break down scum and build up. Detailed instructions here.
Mix equal parts baking soda and water together to form a paste. Use a scrubbing brush or toothbrush to scrub mixture into grout in circular motions. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 baking soda together and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing your toilet bowl with the mixture, using your toilet brush. Flush and repeat if needed.
Combine 1 litre of white vinegar with 6-8 drops of your preferred essential oils. Shake well. Use around 1/2 cup of vinegar mixture per load of washing in the same way you would have used fabric softener.
Find detailed instructions for cleaning both a front and top loading washing machine using natural cleaning products here. Both only require vinegar and baking soda.
For a list of common stain removal methods, check out this post here, which includes many of the common clothing stains and natural stain remover solutions.
ALL AROUND THE HOME
All Purpose Cleaning Spray
Combine 1 part white vinegar, 1 part water and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle, shake and use like you would any all purpose spray cleaner. More detailed instructions here.
All Purpose Citrus Spray
Similar to the above all purpose spray, however instead of essential oils, it gives a fresh citrus aroma as you clean. Add citrus peels and vinegar to a jar and keep sealed for 2 weeks. After two weeks, strain liquid into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Your spray can be then used to clean all around the house.
Mix 15 drops of essential oil with 2 cups of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda mixture on your carpet and leave to sit for half an hour before vacuuming. This will help deodorise your carpets.
Combine 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the juice of one lemon into a container and shake, then pour onto cloth to polish wood.
Wooden Floor Cleaner
Mix 1 litre of hot water with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2-3 drops of essential oil in a bucket. Use mop or cloth to clean wooden floors with mixture.
Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl. Mix in 15 to 20 drops of essential oil of your choice. Add 2 cups of water and stir until baking soda is completely dissolved. Transfer into a spray bottle and use in the place of store purchased air fresheners.