DIY's Natural Home Cleaners

Before I became a mother, I was like most people; thinking that if cleaning products didn't smell incredibly harsh or come with warnings like "DEADLY IF SWALLOWED" it wasn't going to do it's job.  Only after becoming a parent did I realize the last thing I wanted to clean my floors with was something that was plastered with labels such as "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN" & "MAY CAUSE BURNING ON CONTACT".  What?!?!  With a baby who was crawling & putting anything he could find into his hands & mouth, why on earth would I use deadly chemicals items he's touching?  So I did some research & decided to give some natural cleaners a go.  Guess what?  They works just as well as store-bought! You know what else is great?  They cost less to make, don't make your nose & eyes burn, & they're perfectly safe to use around fur babies & real babies.  I even get headaches now if I smell the likes of Scrubbing Bubbles or 409.  It seems strange that there was a time when that is ALL I used!

A few things before we get started:

  1. Many of these recipes use essential oils.  I use essential oils (EOs) in my daily life & they really do have wonderful benefits when continually used.  I completely understand that good quality EOs can be expensive; however, you usually get what you pay for.  I've tried to cut corners & get cheapo oils only for them to spoil in a month's time or opened the bottle to find the scent was not at all natural.  Do yourself the favor & buy the good quality.  I guarantee you will use the entire thing over time, especially if you continually use these recipes or if you own a diffuser.  My favorite place to buy EOs is Edens Garden.  & before I get asked, NO, I do NOT sell Edens Garden oils.  They are not an MLM company like doTERRA or Young Living.  That is not to say anything negative about MLMs; I know a lot of people can make a living selling through an MLM company.  I however, personally prefer Eden's Garden.  Their oils are 100% pure, 100% therapeutic grade, & affordable.  Also, they have a line just for kids!  Reagan loves his little bottles of oils, & we could not have gotten through the cold season without the Healthy Hero blend.  But anyways, long story short, wherever you choose to buy them, get GOOD quality oils!
  2. You will need to invest in dark colored glass bottles.  I got mine from Whole Foods when I purchased my tea tree oil, but you can find them a number of places including Amazon. Not only is glass a more eco friendly alternative to plastic, there's something about plastic & EOs that just don't mix.  Again, trust me & just purchase the glass bottles.

These recipes have been used consistently around our home for over a year now so I can personally attest to these. It's really comforting to know I'm getting a good clean without the risks & we're saving money at the same time.  

All Purpose Cleaning Spray
  • Mason Jar
  • Citrus peels (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, or a combination of them)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
Fill the jar with citrus peels (I tend to save them in a bag in the fridge until I need them). Pour vinegar over peels until the jar is full.  Seal & store for 3 or more weeks for the citrus to infuse.  Afterwards, strain out peels & pour citrus infused vinegar into a spray bottle.  This is great for most hard surfaces except stone.

All Purpose Disinfectant/Deodorizer Spray
This is my go to for a furniture freshener, sweaty shoes, & when the garbage needs to be taken out.
  • Spray bottle
  • 1/2 cup high proof vodka
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 distilled white vinegar
  • 40 drops tea tree oil

Combine, shake, & spray.  Vodka is a great deodorizer & can be used to clean a number of different things!  The tea tree oil's antimicrobial properties help kill bacteria.

Floor Cleaner
I use this on our hardwoods, tile, & linoleum to keep the floors sparkling.  Because this uses vinegar, I don't recommend on stone, & when it comes to hardwood, a little goes a long way. You can double or triple this recipe if needed, but I find this amount works great if you use a spray mop.
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 20-30 drops EO.  I use this one here, but use whatever scent you like! Citrus blends, tea tree, or rosemary would be good alternatives.
  • 3 drops liquid Castile Soap

Combine & use.  If you're keeping in a container for a spray mop, remember to shake before each use.

Fresh Linen Spray
Great for those days in-between bedding laundry, or to set the mood for romance or relaxation (depending on which EO you use) 
  • 10 drops of desired EO.  I prefer lavender to create a relaxing atmosphere.  If you're wanting a more romantic scent, I suggest ylang ylang as it's an aphrodisiac.  Rosemary & citrus are good fresh scents options. 
  • Small spray bottle.  I find that a 1 fluid ounce size is perfect for this.
  • Small funnel
  • 1 tsp high proof vodka or witch hazel
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. distilled water.
Add everything into the spray bottle.  Shake before using & spritz on bed linens when desired.

Bathroom Cleaner
Thank you to my friend Christina for giving me this recipe!
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 10 drops lemon EO.  I bought the citrus scented Castile soap so I do not use the EO, but Christina has mentioned that she puts peppermint in hers & loves it!
Combine everything until it forms a paste.  Apply with a sponge to toilets, tubs, & showers.  Let it sit a few minutes, then rinse.

Microwave Cleaner
This is probably the easiest recipe on here & that's saying something.  I love that the microwave pretty much cleans itself, perfect for multitasking!
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • Microwave safe bowl/cup
Simply place the 1/2 lemon in the cup of water & microwave for 5 minutes.  After it's done, let it sit another 5.  The lemon is a natural disinfectant, while the steam from the water loosens up even the toughest dried in messes.  Just take a rag & wipe clean! A fresh looking (& smelling) microwave in no time.

I hope you're inspired to try at least one or two of these.  Whether you're looking to switch to something more natural for you or your family, or you're trying to make more eco friendly choices, these little steps can add up big time!  Let me know how these cleaners work for you by leaving a comment below!


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