Happy Sunday, Gorgeous!
A couple months back, I wrote a guest post on non-toxic natural cleaners for the website Move Nourish Believe run by Lorna Jane Active Living. You should have a peep over at their blog – it’s a great place for wellness and natural living resource, especially for my beauties who are living down-under in Australia and New Zealand. While cleaning up my apartment over the weekend, I realized that it would be a good idea to share some of my DIY concoctions for cleaning the home.
Enjoy and have fun with this non-toxic cleaning experience!
All Natural Household DYI Cleaners
At this time of year, we start looking to cleanse everything: our bodies (juice detox, anyone?), our spirits (time for a yoga retreat!) and our homes too (oh wait…I have to clean). As with any cleanse, you want to do it gently and naturally, without any harsh products or practices that are hard on the body and the environment. If you want to read up on some of the toxic chemicals in your household cleaning products, check out my post on that here.
What’s great about these green-cleaning recipes is that most of the ingredients you already have in your home, so it’s just a quick mix and go!
Here are a few quick tips to get you started:
- Grab a few spray bottles from your local shop (or recycle used ones)
- Use a funnel to combine ingredients in spray bottles easier
- To make all the recipes below, make sure you have these ingredients on hand:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castille Soap
- Natural Dishwashing Soap
- Baking Soda
- Pick up a couple essential oils (make sure they’re 100% pure) to help make your products smell like spring is in the air and make your cleaning session double as an aromatherapy treatment. Some of my favorites are:
- Tea Tree
- Clary Sage
All-Purpose Natural Cleaner
This is the one where you can use almost anywhere – the kitchen counter, tabletops, bathroom fixtures and other hard surfaces. It is also a great cleaner to use when you get around to wiping down the deck furniture that’s been sitting in the shed. This cleaner disinfects – naturally – through the addition of vinegar, while the castile soap helps lift dirt and grime.
Sparkling Natural Bathroom Cleaner
Ok there is nothing glamorous about this one, but it’s non-toxic and it works. Use this mixture all over the bathroom sink and tub. The vinegar and lemon work together to disinfect while the baking soda deodorizes odors and scours stains.
Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Somebody’s gotta do it…..but by avoiding harsh chemicals, it doesn’t have to be all that bad! Turn on your favorite tunes while you make that porcelain shine.
Note: If you’re working on a difficult toilet bowl, throw some baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes, then add 1 cup of vinegar. From there scrub with a brush!
Hit-the-Deck Natural Floor Cleaner
Somehow floors are almost always last on my list (yes, even after the toilets), but it is so necessary to give them a good clean. With this easy mixture, you can grab your mop and be done in no time.
Note: If you want a bigger batch (or a smaller one) just keep the proportion of water to vinegar equal.
Just-Like-New Furniture Polish & Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you want your furniture to last year after year, you’ve gotta take care of it! Dip a dampened rag or t-shirt into this concoction, wipe on furniture or stainless steel surface, and buff off with a dry towel (preferably an old one).
Clear-As-Day Glass Cleaner
Whether it’s in your car, your kitchen, or your bathroom, you want to be able to see the view clearly! Make those windows and mirrors sparkle in no time with this super easy homemade cleaner.
Note: Use essential oil of choice for your favorite scent!
So there you have it! Once you’re done cleaning, you can pat yourself on the back as you enjoy your new “naturally” neat home.
Microfiber Cloths by Norwex
For washing down floors, and other surfaces around the home, I love Norwex microfiber cloths. They can be used with or without solution depending on the job at hand. They are designed in Norway, although that’s not why I love them (ha), but rather because they are the best dust removers, and stainless steel polishers you can find.