5 DIY Natural Household Cleaners

We’ve all been hearing for years that many commercial cleaners contain chemicals that well – may not be as safe as we think. So as of late, I’ve really been pondering just how harmful some of my household cleaners are to the family and our cat. After all, some of the fumes alone almost take my breath away and what if using them was affecting our health? Not worth the risk at all, right?

I shopped around for some “natural” cleaners but some of them were just so expensive that I couldn’t help but wonder if there was an easier approach with some of the things I already had. I already knew that vinegar has been a reliable cleaner for years, and baking soda has always worked well for cleaning my stained coffee cups, so I decided to take things into my own hands and make my own cleaners.

 

Here’s 5 DIY basic cleaning mixes you can use in your own home…

All Purpose-Cleaner
This cleaner has worked well on almost all our household surfaces (except for marble, granite and stone surfaces because of the acidity in the vinegar – but don’t despair – the cleaner for marble, granite and stone is below).
· 1 ¼ cups water
· ½ cup vinegar
· 10 drops essential oil of your choice (orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit work well)
Combine ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

Marble and Granite Cleaner
This mix isn’t just restricted to marble or granite– it can be used on all sorts of surfaces.
· 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
· 1 ½ cups water
· 1 teaspoon dish soap
Mix and pour into a spray bottle.

Disinfecting Cleaner
I love a good disinfecting spray (especially in cold and flu season) and this has germ killing properties thanks to the alcohol and vinegar combination.
· 1 ¼ cups water
· ¼ cup vinegar
· ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (or vodka if you don’t mind sparing it for this)
· 15 drops essential oil
Combine ingredients into a spray bottle. Be sure to spray and let sit for 10 minutes before wiping.

Glass & Mirror Cleaner
This quick drying spray will make your glass and mirror surfaces gleam1 .
· 1 ½ cups water
· 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
· 1 ½ tablespoons rubbing alcohol
· 3 drops essential oils
Mix all and put in a spray bottle, spray liberally on surface or directly on a soft cloth and wipe.

Sink Scrub
I love a nice clean sink and this one makes it gleam.
· 2 cups baking soda
· 20 drops essential oils
Add to a container with a lid and shaker top (a glass parmesan shaker from the dollar store is perfect)
To clean, sprinkle onto surface, add a little water (and I add a littles squirt of dish soap for the suds) and scrub with a surface-safe sponge or brush, then rinse thoroughly.

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Happy cleaning!

 

 

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