A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO
DIY NATURAL HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
At the beginning of the year, one of my resolutions was to start making and using my own natural household cleaners. I had noticed that whenever I would spray down the counters in the kitchen it would make me, or if the kids were in there, they would cough. The smell and airborne particles were irritating to the whole family, this was a big motivator in switching over to natural cleaners.
Many of the ingredients in store bought cleaning products are toxic and they can trigger allergies, asthma, and other health issues. My son has battled allergies and asthma and I am always looking for ways to help him.
I did some research and thought I’d start out by making and using my three most commonly used cleaners. For the past few months I’ve been using them consistently. I’m happy to report that we no longer cough when I clean! I’m also happy to report that the three cleaners I’m sharing with you today do a fantastic job.
MOST COMMON NATURAL CLEANER INGREDIENTS
As I researched recipes to create the natural cleaners, I noticed there were a handful of ingredients in the majority of the natural cleaners.
WHITE VINEGAR | CASTILE SOAP | BORAX | BAKING SODA | ESSENTIAL OILS
With those ingredients you can create the majority of natural DIY household cleaners, The great news is that you can find all of the ingredients at Target or at most grocery stores. I was even able to find the essential oils at Target, look for them in the natural cosmetic section.
You will also need some glass spray bottles. I ordered mine from Amazon. Amber colored glass bottles are ideal, the amber bottles ensure that the essential oils do not denature. This is an issue if the bottle is in the light, I keep my spray bottles under the sink, so I opted for clear bottles because I prefer the look of clear.
THIS BOOK was a great resource, along with Pinterest, for recipes on natural cleaners.
I’ve been impressed with how well these cleaners have performed. Here are the recipes I’ve been using.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
This cleaner I use daily to wipe down our kitchen counters. It also works very well on the Dishwasher and other kitchen appliances.
*NOTE-IF YOU HAVE NATURAL STONE COUNTER TOPS, SUBSTITUTE 1/4 CUP ALCOHOL FOR THE VINEGAR
CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANER
With two children and a large dog I find myself spot cleaning the carpet and furniture weekly. This recipe was worked beautifully! Over the weekend our dog cut himself and I didn’t see that he was bleeding until it was all over one of our rugs. I spot treated the large area with this cleaner and it ALL came out!
As with any cleaner spot test an inconspicuous area before you treat your own carpet or furniture.
This scrub does a wonderful jog, although I will occasionally still use some Comet or a Magic Eraser in the sink if there is a stubborn stain. I have a white porcelain sink. The lemon essential oil has been my go-to for this recipe it smells SO good!
Some times change is hard, that’s why I started with just three of my most commonly used cleaners. Now that I’ve been using them consistently, I’m planning on researching some natural bathroom cleaners. I’ll be sure to share in the future.
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, just leave a comment below.
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