Have you ever felt nauseous or light headed while cleaning with certain products? I sure have! Even my niece and nephew have complained of the terrible smell that is left behind when I’m done cleaning. Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is common for some people to have adverse side effects to certain cleaning products.
Chemicals released when using some cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.“
In an effort to wean myself off of using harmful cleaning products, I have slowly been incorporating all natural recipes that are just as effective and environmentally friendly. Check out these 12:
*Before applying any cleaning formulas, it’s a good idea to do a sample run in small hidden areas (if possible). Use caution with any new product in your home. Remember to make clear labels on any cleaning formulas and keep them safely stored away from the reach of children*
1. Bath Tub:
If there is one thing that gets on my nerves, it is seeing grime around my bath tub! I am specifically weary of using harmful chemicals in this section of my home, because our feet and sometimes our entire bodies come in contact with it. Luckily, Eucalyptus Oil is here to the rescue! It contains naturally disinfecting and deodorizing properties.
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Combine the baking soda and eucalyptus oil in a small bowl, stirring well until the oil is completely incorporated.
- Using a damp sponge or cloth, scrub the mixture onto the tub or shower, paying attention to areas that are prone to buildup. Allow the cleaner to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it away with warm water.
This recipe is for a toilet bowl that needs some heavy-duty scrubbing. These 3 ingredients will get rid of unsightly rings and stains.
- 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- Pour the ingredients into the toilet bowl.
- Scrub away with a toilet brush.
3. Room Air Freshener:
Who doesn’t love a clean smelling home? Well, this recipe will give any room a burst of freshness! With the freedom to adjust the essential oils to suit your preferences, you can create whatever mood you’d like. Lavender-based room refreshers are perfect for bedrooms, while a higher concentration of peppermint and eucalyptus are ideal for living and dining areas.
- 1 ½ ounces of Distilled Water
- 1 ½ ounces of high-proof Alcohol, such as Vodka or Everclear
- 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 7 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 7 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- In a clean 4 oz. spray bottle, combine the alcohol and essential oils. Shake well to combine.
- Add the distilled water to the mixture, shaking to combine.
- Shake the bottle before each use, and then lightly spritz the room refresher until it reaches your desired strength of scent.
Want to kill some germs with out the use of bleach or harmful antibacterial chemicals? Well, all you need are these 3 handy ingredients. FYI: Tea Tree Essential Oil is a great all-natural antibacterial and antimicrobial solution.
- 2 cups of Water
- 3 tablespoons of Liquid Soap
- 25-30 drops of Tea Tree Oil
- Mix the ingredients in an new spray bottle (remember to label for storage).
- Spray on desired area and wipe of with a cloth or paper towel. (avoid wood)
5. Drain Cleaner
How many times haven’t we had backed up sink drains? It is quite common to see people use bleach or other highly toxic chemicals to unclog drains. These steps should help fix your problem in an environmentally friendly way.
- 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
- 1 cup of White Vinegar
- 2 quarts of boiling water *boiling water should only be used with metal plumbing*
- Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the clogged drain.
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar and make sure to block the drain with a stopper.
- As the baking soda and white vinegar combine, carbon dioxide will be created. The trapped gas that is created will force the blockage to clear itself.
- Wait 15 minutes and then remove the plug. Follow up by pouring the boiling water down the drain. The hot water will remove and carry away any gunk. (Please keep in mind the boiling water method should only be used for pipes that are made of metal and not of plastic).
6. Glass Cleaner:
Get those windows and mirrors squeaky clean!
- 1/2 cup of White or Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups of Water
- 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 to 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (it is antiseptic and smells great)
- Unused spray bottle
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. (Please add proper labels when ready to store).
- Spray the mixture on a paper towel or soft cloth as well as a bit on the window/glass. Then proceed to wipe off any stains.
- It is recommended that you use this solution in the evening or on a day when it is not too hot so it does not dry too quickly.
7. Pots and Pans
There’s nothing more annoying than seeing burn marks on your nice pots and pans. Sometimes these are unavoidable when cooking certain meals. This next recipe has only 4 ingredients but it is quite powerful. Just be ready to put those arms to work as some pots may require lots of scrubbing.
- 1 cup of Vinegar
- 1 cup of Water (may need more depending on the size of the pan)
- 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda
- 1 Scouring Pad (metal mesh pad)
- Fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of water.
- Add the vinegar.
- Bring the pan to boil. It should be looking a bit cleaner already.
- Remove the pan from the heat and empty out the vinegar.
- Add the baking soda and a bit of water and scour (scrub).
- If you still have stubborn marks, make a paste of baking soda and a couple drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.
I think we all agree that keeping a tidy refrigerator is absolutely necessary. We want to keep it free of all bacteria and funky smells. In my house we try to follow this recipe at least every 2 weeks to keep it odor free.
- 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
- A bucket of warm water
- Remove all food from the section you will be cleaning and any removable shelves or drawers.
- Add the baking soda into the bucket.
- Mix slightly.
- Dip a cleaning cloth into the mixture and wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. (You can wash removable shelves and drawers in the sink)
9. Greasy Stove Top:
Cleaning greasy stove tops can be quite the challenge. This quick and inexpensive solution will remove the gunk and leave your stove top looking like new.
- 1 tablespoon of Salt
- 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda
- 1 tablespoon of Water
- Mix the salt, baking soda and water in a bowl to create a paste.
- Then, dip a cloth in the paste and scrub until the grease is removed.
Perhaps one of the most annoying things to clean is the oven! Yet, I find it to be one of the most important things to clean naturally since our food is in constant contact with it.
- Baking Soda
- Make sure your oven is off.
- Spray the walls and bottom of the oven with water.
- Distribute a thick coat of Backing Soda on the bottom and if any of the baking soda is still dry, spray with water once again. You can also use a paint brush to rub water and baking soda paste on to the walls of the oven.
- Leave the Baking Soda and water paste sitting at the bottom for about 6 hours. Then come back and use a damp cloth to wipe off the residue. (If you have rubber gloves those will come in handy) If there are tough hardened spots, you can reapply the water and baking soda and use a scrubber sponge to further remove the grime.
11. Tile Floor
When my nephew and niece were toddlers, I remember them “living” on the floor. I mean these kids wanted to eat on the floor, play on the floor and sometimes even sleep on the floor. LOL. This recipe should help with keeping floors kid friendly.
- 7 cups of water
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
- 1/2 cup White Vinegar
- Mix all of those ingredients in a bucket and pour some in a large spray bottle.
- Spray your floor and let it sit for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Proceed to wipe floor.
This last recipe is meant to give your wood furniture a shiny polish. It is wax free and it will give your furniture a nice shine without the streaks and buildup.
- 3/4 cup of Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup distilled White Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
- You will need a measuring cup, funnel and a small plastic container with a lid.
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze half of it into the measuring cup.
- Then using the funnel, pour all of the ingredients into the small plastic container and mix thoroughly.
- Apply the solution to a cloth and gently polish the wood. Let it air dry and buff with a clean cloth.
Do you have other all-natural cleaning recipes? If so, please share with us in the comments below.