Natural Household Cleaners: 3 Recipes

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It’s nice to have a clean home—but does it make sense to remove dirt, grease and grime simply to replace it with something that’s more harmful? If your commercial cleaning products contain ingredients such as phosphates, synthetic fragrances, silica powder, triclosan, or others, it’s time to think about switching to natural household cleaners [1].

There are plenty of natural, biodegradable options for household cleaners that will leave sparkling results. Useful ingredients that you may already own include:

  • White vinegar to cut grease and disinfect
  • Baking soda to cut grease and deodorize
  • Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect
  • Coarse salt for an abrasive or anti-mildew agent
  • Lemon juice to disinfect and whiten
  • Borax to disinfect, remove mildew, and whiten
  • Castile soap to cut grease and remove dirt
  • Eucalyptus and tea tree oils to cut grease and fight microbial contaminants

There are many different recipes available for natural household cleaners. Here are three simple options to start with:

1. Multipurpose Cleaning Spray

Once mixed, these three ingredients can help you remove grease and grime from hard surfaces such as counter tops, sinks, microwaves, and more.

In a tinted spray bottle, mix:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

2. Glass Cleaner

Good ole’ vinegar and water is all you need to clean your windows, mirrors, and glass table tops. You could even let older children wash their own fingerprints off the windows using this option. In a spray bottle, mix:

In a spray bottle, mix:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

1. Carpet Stain Remover

If you walk, sit, or even role around on your carpet regularly, clean it with something that’s safe to get on your skin. For general removal of spots and stains, mix the following ingredient in a bowl and vigorously rub the paste into the stain. Allow the paste to dry for a few hours before vacuuming up.

  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. borax
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar

References:

[1] David Suzuki Foundation. “The Dirt on Toxic Chemicals in Household Cleaning Products.” Web. 27 October 2015.