Clean Your Entire Home With These Eco-Friendly Natural Solutions
Spring is here and you know what that means – Spring Cleaning.
There’s nothing better than giving your home a good once-over after the long Winter months. But cleaning can also mean using lots of different chemicals – some which are dangerously toxic if mixed together (bleach + ammonia, hydrogen peroxide + vinegar, bleach + rubbing alcohol and bleach + vinegar).
Or how about the damage that detergent and heavy chemical cleaners do to the environment. Or the health problems these products can cause?
Back in the the old days, cleaning products had as little as two or three ingredients, were non-toxic and got your home just as clean as today’s products.
Bonus: they’re simple and cheap to make.
So to help you get your Spring Cleaning on without releasing a bunch of toxic chemicals into your home and the environment, here are some down-home eco-friendly cleaning solution recipes.
Here’s two recipes to clean everything from the kitchen sink to the bathtub.
- 1 cup baking soda
- Warm water
- Sponge or cleaning rag
Pour one cup of baking soda into a bowl or dish and slowly fill with warm water, stirring it slowly. When it becomes a paste (making sure it’s thoroughly mixed) dip a sponge or rag into it then clean whatever surface you want (not glass, though). It’s especially good to clean the inside of your refrigerator.
- 1 teaspoon borax
- ½ teaspoon of washing soda (not baking soda)
- 1 quart of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap
- 4 -10 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange)
Mix in a deep bowl or small bucket, stirring slowly as you pour it into the water. Use a damp sponge or rag to scrub your target. This solution can clean just about everything EXCEPT the inside of your refrigerator.
This makes a great all-purpose cleaner that you can spray on anything:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon of dish soap
- 10 – 20 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange)
- Spray bottle
YOu can either funnel it directly into the spray bottle or mix it beforehand in a bowl or small bucket then put it in the spray bottle after. When you’re ready, just spray it on the surface and wipe clean with a clean, damp sponge or rag.
Glass & Chrome Cleaner
Glass and mirrors get clean and a streak-free shine with this mix:
- ½ cup white cider vinegar
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70%)
- 1 – 2 drops of essential oil
- 2 cups water
- Spray bottle
Mix ingredients together in the spray bottle or a small bowl or bucket then transfer to the bottle. Spray the glass or mirror down, wiping with a dry rag or paper towel.
You can safely clean your stone and marble countertops by adding 2 – 4 drops of dishwashing liquid to 2 cups of warm water. Mix it thoroughly, then using a damp cloth or sponge, dip it in the solution and wipe down your counters. Let it dry then buff it off with a clean, dry towel.
Tip: Cleaners with acidic mixtures (containing lemon or citrus) – will damage the stone – don’t use them on these types of surfaces.
Clean all the greasy gunk off your stove top, oven or barbecue grill with this simple mix. Add a half cup of sudsy ammonia (or make it yourself) to a gallon of water. Using a sponge or rag, dip it into the solution and apply elbow grease to get it all clean.
Need to freshen up a funky smelling rug or carpet? Add three to six drops of your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda for a simple carpet deodorizer.
First, empty the baking soda into a large bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil then mix thoroughly. You can either put it back in the box, put it into a large shaker or sift if from the bowl.
You’ll want to vacuum your carpet or rug before you put this down. When you’re done, simply sift the baking soda liberally onto your target then let it sit for several hours (overnight is better). When it's time, just vacuum it up and voila! Fresh smelling rugs and carpets.
Pour the box of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Put 2 – 4 drops of your favorite essential oil in, then mix thoroughly. You can sift it from the bowl, transfer it to a large shaker or funnel it back into the box for use.
Bonus Tip: You can use this on your mattresses. Sprinkle it on, let it sit for a few hours then vacuum it up to have it smelling almost good as new.
There you are – 7 natural cleaners that are not only environmentally friendly, they’re effective as well.
So get to mixing, then get to it. Get your home cleaner than ever and do it without the harmful chemicals.
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