As natural mamas, we want to clean our homes without harming our health. I remember cleaning my first apartment after college and having to open the windows because I felt dizzy. Little did I know at the time it was from all of those toxic fumes!
Fast-forward to today, there’s a whole slew of natural cleaners on the market for those who want to avoid inhaling all of the nasty stuff. But mamas, they’re EXPENSIVE!
That’s why I love these DIY products that offer the best clean without hurting your health or pocketbook. There are no harsh fumes, chemicals or toxins. The ingredients are natural, accessible and affordable.
Thanks to EarthEasy.com for the inspiration!
Mix 1/2 cup organic white distilled vinegar or lemon with 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon 2 litters of water. Great for bathroom fixtures, tile floor, glass, windows and even mirrors. (Don’t use on marble or wood.)
Mold & Mildew Cleaner
Mix 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide or vinegar with 1 cup water. Or better yet, mix 1 tsp. tea tree oil with 1 cup of water.Put in a spray bottle and squirt on mold and let sit for up to one hour. You can also add 1-2 TB of baking soda which will start to bubble from the acidic cleanser (and this means it’s working Scrub with sponge or brush. Repeat if necessary. You can also make a thick paste of water, baking soda, and a few drops of tea tree oil for stubborn spots. Great for bathroom tile!
Carpet Stain Remover
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on rugs/carpets and wait several hours before vacuuming
Floor Cleaner and Polish
Most floors can be cleaned using 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water. Add a few drops of mint or citrus essential oils for a nice, clean scent. However, if you have wood floors, I would recommend investing in a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap or Sacred Lotus’s soap if you prefer unscented or want to add your own essential oils. A few drops of the soap goes a long way and it’s guaranteed to be safe on wood.
Mix 1 cup olive oil to ½ cup lemon and rub small amount into wood. A little goes a long way!
Put a dozen drops of lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint essential oil into 1 cup of water. Both are naturally antibacterial and won’t dry your hands out like the ones with alcohol in them.
How about YOU? What are your favorite cleaners for home?