For me, it has become a mission to find substitutes for all commercially bought cleaning products. I want my home free from dangerous chemicals. I like to use essential oils, natural castile/Marseille soap, white vinegar, and baking soda. Here are my best tips:
Why Choose Natural Cleaning Products?
Using natural cleaning alternatives not only helps to protect your health but also the environment. Commercial cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals that can be toxic when inhaled or come into contact with the skin. By opting for natural alternatives, you can create a safer and healthier living space for you and your family.
1. Essential Oils for Freshness
Essential oils are not only great for aromatherapy but also cleaning. They have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that can effectively eliminate germs and odors. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, peppermint, or lemon oil, to your homemade cleaning solutions for a pleasant and refreshing scent.
2. 100% Natural Soap Base for All-Purpose Cleaning
Natural soap base, made from 100% organic vegetable oils, is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used for various purposes. Formulated without surfactants, fragrances, or preservatives, it is naturally rich in glycerin known for its moisturizing and protective properties for the skin. It is gentle yet effective in removing dirt from different surfaces. Add essential oils and use it as a general cleaner for floors, countertops, and even dishes. Wash your hands and body with it as well!
3. White Vinegar for Streak-Free Surfaces
White vinegar is a powerful natural cleaner that can tackle tough stains and leave your surfaces sparkling clean. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean windows, mirrors, and stainless steel appliances. Its acidic properties help dissolve dirt and grime, leaving no streaks behind. Add Lemon, grapefruit, lime or peppermint essential oils to get the benefits of the oils and the amazing scents!
4. Baking Soda for Tough Cleaning Jobs
Baking soda is a gentle yet effective abrasive that can tackle stubborn stains and odors. Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces like sinks, bathtubs, and ovens, then scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. It works wonders in removing grease, grime, and even baked-on food residues.
5. Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Here's a simple recipe for an all-purpose cleaner using natural ingredients:
- Mix 2,5 dl of water, with 2,5 dl of white vinegar, and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle (I like to mix 10 drops Lemon and 5 drops Peppermint together).
- Shake well to combine the ingredients.
- Use this solution to clean various surfaces in your home, including countertops, floors, and bathroom fixtures.
6. Essential Oils for Washing Kitchen Surfaces
I find these essential oils especially nice to clean the kitchen with. Always dilute them in some white vinegar and water in a spray bottle or 4-6 drops in a bucket with warm water and organic soap to use on different surfaces. Use them in a diffuser in the kitchen as well.
- Eucalyptus radiata or globulus
7. Essential Oils for the Bathroom
The best kind of bathrooms are germ-free! Here are some disinfectant and antimicrobial essential oils to use:
By using these natural alternatives, you can maintain a clean and healthy home without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals. Give them a try and experience the difference!