Ditch the reeking and polluting toxic cleaners and join the club of natural cleaning! Using alternative cleaning products and home-made recipes is a great way to preserve the health of you and your family while being cheaper and environmentally-friendly. Here are some of my favorite tips to clean the house the natural way room by room.
In the Kitchen
For your kitchen, baking soda and vinegar are ingredients that clean, sanitize and deodorize just as well as the classic detergents.
Against stubborn greasy stains in your pots and pans, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, 1 cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar. Let it boil for 10 minutes. The stains will come right off!
Need an all-purpose, disinfectant cleaner for counter-tops and other surfaces? Throw away your antibacterial disposable wipes and instead, add a few drops of lemon essential oils in a glass spray bottle filled with half vinegar and half water.
To clean your fridge, use a clean cloth soaked in a solution of 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Keep a little cup of baking soda inside your fridge to neutralize bad odors.
Freeze lemon or orange peels in ice cube trays with vinegar and throw these in your garbage disposal to clean it and combat odors.
Looking for a safe and efficient alternative to the toxic oven cleaners sold on the market? Spray your oven with a water bottle then sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda. Let it set for a few hours (oven off) and wipe clean. Repeat for tougher stains but ensure all baking soda residue is removed before turning on your oven, to prevent smoking.
In the Bathroom
White vinegar is the best to descale and make your faucets and tile shine. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water to clean tile, counters, cabinet fronts and soap scum. For anything in stainless-steel, lemon juice is a great option.
To clean gunk in your enamel sink, shower or tub use a vinegar and baking soda paste. Even the toughest stains won’t resist!
For marble surfaces, stick to water and stay away from baking soda and anything acidic like vinegar and lemon juice as these are too abrasive for marble.
To sanitize other surfaces, ditch the bleach and use instead 2 or 3 drops of essential oil of thyme diluted in a tablespoon of vinegar and a bucket of water. It will be less abrasive but just as powerful.
Lastly, for stains in your toilet bowl, make a “potty powder” by filling a mason jar with citric acid and a few drops of essential oils such as lemon or orange. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the powder in your toilet bowl before going to bed. This will keep your toilets fresh and clean!
In the Bedroom
To get rid of dust, a simple damp microfiber cloth will do the trick. It is a much better alternative than the anti-static and polishing products containing VOCs (Volatile Organic Compound).
You can still make your furniture shine by using flaxseed (linseed) oil or beeswax on a clean cloth. In your dresser or closet, use a few drops of cedar essential oil on a cotton ball to prevent moths.
In the Entire House
Clean your windows with half white vinegar and half hot water mixed in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of Castile soap (or dish soap) if your windows are really dirty.
For the floor, microfiber cloth are the best at capturing the dirt. Dilute ½ cup of Castile soap in 3 gallons of hot water with a few drops of essential oils and you have the perfect mopping solution. My favorite combos are lemon + lavender or melaleuca + eucalyptus.
Finally, to get rid of ants, poor hot water into a spray bottle, add ¼ cup of Castile soap and 5 drops each of tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils and spray away!
I hope you enjoyed these few tips and I can’t wait to hear your favorite recipes for natural cleaning!