DIY: 9 Safe Cleaning Products

DIY NATURAL-CLEAN-SAFE CLEANSERS

I recommend keeping vinegar, Castile soap, baking soda, and essential oils on hand will enable you to make just about every cleaner you need.

All Purpose Cleaner

– 9 parts water

– 1 part vinegar

– 2-4 essential oil

Widow Cleaner

– 1/4 cup vinegar

– 1/2 teaspoon natural liquid soap

– 2 cups water

Floor Cleaner

– 2-4 tablespoons of Castile soap

– 8-10 drops orange or lemon essential oil

– 1 gallon of hot water

+ add up to 1/ cup distilled white vinegar if the the floor is greasy!

Natural Wood Cleaner & Polish

– 1 gallon hot water

– 3/4 cup olive oil

– 1/2 cup lemon juice

This concoction smells fresh and light; it leaves wood sparkling!

Counters

I usually keep part of the Floor Cleaner mixture in a spray bottle.. If this is not available, I make some disinfectant spray by mixing lavender and peppermint essential oil and water. Adding 2 tablespoons of Castile soap will loosen dirt and grime if necessary.

Disinfectant Wash

for walls, door knobs, crib rails and so on…

– 3 tablespoons of Castile soap

– 2 drops of lemon (or favorite) essential oil

– Mix 1:1 ratio water and distilled vinegar for 16 oz.

Tile Cleaner

– 1/2 cup baking soda

– liquid soap (enough so it looks like frosting when poured into the baking soda)

– 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Toilets

– Sprinkling baking soda and using a sturdy brush works wonders.

– Pouring a little scented (or straight) distilled white vinegar into the bowl is a great way to clean and deodorize. For regular toilet seat wipe downs, keep a mixture in spray bottle handy!

Bath & Shower

– 3/4 cup baking soda

– 1/4 cup castile soap

– 1 tablespoon water

– 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Spray walls regularly with distilled white vinegar and lemon juice combo to prevent soap and scum buildup. Stains? Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water, let sit for 60 minutes and wipe away.

When switching to nontoxic cleaning products, it may take you a while to get used to not having that pine forest or lemon smell that has signaled “clean” for, oh, your whole life. But trust me–odorless (or naturally scented) is much healthier!

mop and broom

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