Between the demands of your career, your daily obligations, and family priorities, it can be easy to gravitate towards the latest cleaning solutions that promise to make daunting chores even easier.
Need a hardcore toilet cleaner? On your next trip to the grocery store, you may grab one of those colourful bottles on display promising to be a quick fix. But did you even consider what’s in that container?
If you clean your home regularly, you need to take the time to consider what you clean it with. Many cleaners are made up of a harsh cocktail of chemicals, which can pose safety hazards to your family’s health. As you start to rethink what these chemicals are doing to your home, you may start looking for greener, non-toxic cleaning solutions.
Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Products
Before we dig into greener cleaning methods, let’s discuss the benefits of using non-toxic cleaning products in your home.
- Healthier Home – If you go green, chemicals will no longer be absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning.
- A Purer Environment – Using non-toxic cleaning products can help to drastically reduce pollution in your waterway and in the air. It minimizes your impact on ozone depletion and global climate change.
- Safer – Traditional cleaning products can pose risks such as chemical burns. Greener solutions are not corrosive and meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, combustibility, and skin absorption
- Increased Air Quality – The clean and green products you can make at home often include pleasant natural essential oils.
- More Affordable – Using lemons, vinegar, and olive oil can do the trick for a lot less than conventional cleaning supplies.
- Fewer Anti-bacterial Agents – Most green cleaning products don’t include these dangerous ingredients.
- More Knowledge of Ingredients – When you make your own cleaning supplies, you know exactly what goes into them.
With all of that being said, here are eight ways to make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies:
All Purpose Cleaner
This recipe is an ideal replacement for your basic all-purpose cleaner. It can be used on countertops, sinks, toilets, and in the shower.
To make, mix together one part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle.
To use, simply spray the solution and clean as you normally would. Keep in mind that vinegar only smells until it is dry. If that’s irksome to you, you can add a couple of drops of essential oil to mask the odour.
Dish Detergent Tabs
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make dish detergent tabs:
- Two cups of baking soda
- Two cups of borax
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- ½ cup of vinegar
- 15 to 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- Two ice cube trays
- Large container for storage purposes
In a big bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Don’t be nervous if the vinegar causes fizzing as this is normal. The ingredients should start clumping together once they have been well combined. Firmly pack the mixture into the two ice cube trays. Let them sit in a sunny spot for 24 hours. After they have hardened, remove them from the trays and store in a lidded container.
Miracle Stain Remover
We all can be messy and end up with stains on our clothes at some point. This cleaning product works like a dream at removing stains and is super simple to make!
All you need to do is to combine dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Use one tablespoon of each.
Laundry Detergent Pods
For pods you’ll need:
- Parchment paper
- Rounded measuring spoon
- 1 ½ cup of washing soda
- ½ cup of grated laundry soap
- Two tablespoons of Epsom salt
- Three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup and two tablespoons of white vinegar and water
- 15 to 20 drops of essential oil
Place the washing soap, grated laundry soap, and Epsom salt in a mixing bowl. Add the hydrogen peroxide and give the ingredients a vigorous stir. Add the vinegar to the bowl. The mixture should start clumping together.
Cover a cookie sheet with the parchment paper and use the rounded measuring spoon to scoop the mixture out of the bowl and onto the sheet. Add the vinegar and water to an empty spray bottle. Spritz the pods and allow them to dry for up to eight hours
Put together this recipe by combining one cup of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and one tablespoon of vinegar. Measure all of the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake well.
Chemical-Free Grout and Tile Cleaner
Your shower and floors can accumulate lots of funk. This easy cleaning hack can make those areas shine!
You’ll need ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Mix all of the ingredients and your homemade rock-star cleaning solution is now ready for usage!
For the set-in stain, mix together ¼ cup of liquid dish soap and 1/3 cup of water. Shake the solution in a bottle until it becomes foamy. Spray onto the stain and rinse with white vinegar.
To deodorize your smelly carpet, lightly sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming. Baking soda is a natural odour killer.
Fab Floor Cleaner
Keep floors clean with natural ingredient. After sweeping up the debris, simply add ½ cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water and mop as you normally would. No chemicals or perfumes – just a shiny, clean floor.
These eight natural cleaning remedies will keep your home spick and span without the use of harsh chemicals! Now you and your family can enjoy a clean and healthy household!