Natural Household Cleaners
Finding ways to incorporate natural living into our family life was hardly a blip on my radar when we started out. That, of course, changed when I became a mother.
One day during my maternity leave, I was cuddling with my daughter on the couch, flipping aimlessly through the cable channels when I noticed a show about creating a healthy home. Back then I thought it was odd to see a cable show of this nature. It featured topics such as natural home building materials, organic eating, energy efficiency, eco-conscious household products, and natural household cleaners.
I don’t think the show aired for more than one season, but what I was able to watch encouraged me to become less reliant on chemically-laden products.
Homemade cleaners, here I come!
So one day I gave it a try and bought a bottle of natural cleaner from my local health food store. I embraced the simple, fresh scent and found the organic packaging design quite refreshing. But while it cleaned better than regular cleaners, I wasn’t crazy about the price. I paid $3-$5 more per bottle for the organic cleaner than a regular cleaner and felt guilty about the added spending on a reduced budget.
Determined to find a solution, I discovered numerous websites that explained how to make your own household products. I borrowed simple and natural living books from the library to glean even more information. (Now I go straight to Pinterest! So easy!)
Making my own natural household cleaners has saved me so much time and money. The recipes take just a few minutes and a few pennies to create. I consider this a way for me to be frugal, resourceful, and a responsible keeper of my home.
If you’re looking to make the switch to homemade cleaners, start off small and stick to the basics to avoid getting overwhelmed. Talking from experience, once you start making your own products, you’ll never go back to store-bought cleaners. You’ll have so much fun experimenting with different recipes.
6 easy homemade cleaners
Before you get started, look in your cabinets and pantry to see what you already have on hand. Some products to start with include vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vodka, olive oil, lemons, water, and salt.
When you’ve got your supplies, try these popular favorites:
All-Purpose Cleaner – Place peeled citrus rinds in a large mason jar and fill to the top with vodka. Let stand for at least two weeks before transferring the mix to a spray bottle.
Glass Cleaner – Mix one cup each of rubbing alcohol and water with 1 tbsp of vinegar into a spray bottle.
Shower Cleaner – Heat up 12 oz of vinegar until hot. Pour in a spray bottle. Add 12 oz of safe dish soap and shake until blended.
Dishwasher Powder and Rinse – Mix 1 cup each of washing soda, citric acid, baking soda along with ½ cup of table salt. Place about 1tbsp in the holder. Use straight up white vinegar as your rinse.
Glass Stove Cooktop Cleaner – Drizzle dish soap on the cooktop, sprinkle over top with baking soda, and pour on hydrogen peroxide and scrub. Wait about 3 minutes before wiping it off.
Stainless Steel Cleaner – Mix one part vinegar with one part water. Rub with microfiber cloth and polish with olive oil.
So go ahead, try it yourself and reap the benefits of creating a healthier home! You won’t be disappointed after using these natural household cleaners. See for yourself the difference in terms of effectiveness, ease, convenience, and savings!