homemade cleaners

If you’re making the push towards a more natural lifestyle, you may be interested to know that you can actually make your own chemical-free household cleaners at home.

Commercial cleansers are often laden with chemical additives that can be detrimental to your family’s health. Non-toxic natural cleaning solutions are easy to make, store, and they clean just as well as commercial cleansers. The best part is, you only need a few ingredients for each recipe.

 

All Purpose Cleaner

This recipe is an ideal replacement for your basic all-purpose cleaner, like Lysol. It can be used on sinks, countertops, toilets, and in the shower. This is also a good solution for wiping down the oven and other kitchen appliances.

Mix together 1 part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle.

Just spray the solution and clean as you normally would. Keep in mind that the vinegar only smells until it is dry. However, if this is irksome to you, you can add a few drops of essential oil to mask the vinegar.

 

Bath Scrub

This scrub can be used in place of Soft Scrub or other bathroom scrubs.

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together a squirt of biodegradable dish soap (Seventh Generation works well) with two teaspoons of lemon juice.
  2. Add baking soda slowly until it creates a paste.

Use this paste on showers, toilets, and sinks. Apply it using a scrubby brush or a sponge. You can also let this solution sit overnight to get out the really tough stains.

 

Glass Cleaner

Use this as a substitute for Windex for a natural streak-free shine.

  1. Mix  ¼ c. rubbing alcohol, ¼ c. white vinegar, 1 tbsp. cornstarch, and 2 c. of warm water in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake everything up until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  3. To make sure your glass stays extra shiny, use a newspaper instead of a paper towel or cloth to wipe it down with. The newspaper doesn’t leave any lint and leaves a perfectly clear shine.

It is a good idea to shake the bottle each time you use it as the cornstarch can sometimes settle to the bottom of the bottle and clog the spray mechanism.

 

Carpet Cleaner

For brand new stains on the carpet, use club soda instead of an expensive spot cleaner. It works well on new stains, but doesn’t do much if it has already set in.

  1. For set-in stains, mix together ¼ c. of liquid dish soap with 1/3 c. of water.
  2. Shake this in a spray bottle until it becomes foamy.
  3. Spray the foam onto the stain and rinse with white vinegar.

To deodorize a smelly carpet, lightly sprinkle baking soda on the carpet 30 minutes  before vacuuming. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer.

With only a few ingredients you can switch out commercial cleaning products from your home and use safe, natural alternatives. Not only are these better for your health and the environment, but it making your own cleansers can save you a lot of money !