Homemade Non-toxic Household Cleaners

Toxic household cleaners can be some of the easiest toxic chemicals to eliminate as most people already have many replacements lying around in their homes! Vinegar, alcohol, lemon juice, and various essential oils are excellent antibacterials and antiseptics that won't kill your own body's delicate bacteria. Baking soda and salt are great scouring agents that won't irritate your skin or lungs. Olive oil is also a safe and effective polisher.  Using non-toxic products guarantee a safe and healthy environment for everyone in the home.

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Below I have listed a few of my go-to formulas and some links to other good sources.

Simple Household Cleaners

Surface Cleaner:
In a spray bottle, combine roughly 3 cups of water, 1/4 c vinegar, and 15 drops of lemon essential oil or lemon juice. Use as you would any disinfectant cleaner!

Toilet and Bath Scrub:
Sprinkle baking soda in toilet bowl, bathtub, and sinks. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes to loosen up grime. Scrub away grime with a sponge and water or vinegar.

Scum Cleaner:
Sometimes the scum is just too sticky for baking soda but I've found that Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap is AMAZING at removing dirt and scum from the bathtub, shower, tiles, sinks, etc! I think I use it for cleaning the bathtub more than I do baking soda...

Floor Cleaner:
In a bucket, combine about a gallon of water with about a cup of vinegar. Wipe floors with a mop or cloth.

Wood Cleaner:
In a small container, combine about 1 cup of vinegar with 1 Tbsp of olive oil (you can add a few drops of a citrus essential oil as well). Wipe down surfaces with a cloth dipped into the cleaner.

2 Responses to “Homemade Non-toxic Household Cleaners

  • Vinegar was my grandma’s favorite go-to cleaning product. She used it a lot. She was a young woman during the great depression, and she developed a lot of wisdom on how to be frugal, industrious, and self reliant. She’d be proud of you.

    • amoffat
      2 years ago

      Oh that is really cool! Yeah, I’ve found green cleaning products sold in stores can be very expensive–vinegar works just as well! I think I started learning that as a child though.. we had a lot of windows, didn’t we;) haha

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