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:
- 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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.