I hate the smell of chemicals, especially the most hated of all, bleach. My ex-husband always loved when he came home and I had cleaned the bathroom with bleach, he said it smelled like clean. I thought it smelled like a headache. When I switched over to homemade cleaners I loved the fact that I could keep my kids in the same room as me. I didn’t feel the need anymore to send them out of the room when I cleaned so they wouldn’t be breathing in toxic fumes.
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup hot water
10 drops essential oil
This is the most simple cleaner I use, and I use it pretty much everywhere. I love that I know that the vinegar is killing off the germs and leaving a clean surface free of chemicals. Just mix this up, stick it in a spray bottle and go to town on any surface you need to clean.
1/4 cup vinegar
2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup hot water
Again simple, just mix, put in a spray bottle and wash those pictures, mirrors, and windows. I use my microfiber clothes with this to make sure I don’t have any streaks. You can add a few drops of essential oils to the mix as well, but the alcohol and vinegar really overpower the good smell while it’s wet.
Foaming Hand soap
1 cup hot water
3 tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap
7-8 drops of essential oils (I use Peppermint)
I buy solid Castile soap and make my own liquid soap, but you can do it either way. Just mix the ingredients in the soap dispenser and pump it a few times to get the soap flowing. My kids love the foaming soap, I love the fact that they have clean hands with no chemicals involved.
This is my favorite liquid laundry detergent recipe to whip up when I run out of detergent. It takes me about 10 minutes and makes the house smell amazing while it is on the stove. Just a couple of teaspoons clean a large load of towels and blankets. It has even taken out poop stains in my daughter’s onesies when she was little.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
2-3 drops essential oils (Lavender is my go-to in the bathroom)
Add the baking soda directly to the toilet bowl water and let sit for a few seconds. Add the vinegar and essential oils to the water and scrub with a toilet brush right away. You won’t believe how nice and clean it will make your toilet bowl and how fresh it will smell. No chemical smell at all.
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup baking soda
This is a great way to speed up a slow drain. I use it in the summer when the fruit flies become unbearable, since they lay their eggs in the drain pipes to hatch a week later. This keeps them from hatching. Just mix the water and baking soda to make a liquid you can pour down the drain. Wait 10 seconds and then pour the vinegar straight in. I usually pour some more boiling water down after the vinegar, but you don’t have to. The vinegar and baking soda mixture alone will do the trick!
Carpet spot cleaner
3 Tablespoons Baking soda
Vinegar/water surface cleaner spray
Make a paste with the hot water and baking soda. I use an old toothbrush and really brush it into the stain. Once the paste is covering the carpet area completely (really rub it in), you will see the baking soda soaking up the stain and turning dirty. Spray heavily with the vinegar/water spray. If you think the stain needs more elbow grease, feel free to rub the foaming mixture in more. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the stain out of the carpet. Sometimes I have to add more vinegar/water to get all of the stained baking soda paste out.
Do you use homemade cleaners at home? What else would you add to the list?