Ready to go natural? We’ve compiled a handy guide of simple and inexpensive yet effective cleaning tips to eliminate toxins from your home and make every room shine! Read on to find out how to tackle all your biggest household tasks sans chemicals.
Citrus vinegar solution– Versatile and effective, vinegar and citrus are the foundation of any natural home. Fill a mason jar with citrus peels of your choice, and cover with undiluted white vinegar. Let sit for up to two weeks, and strain to use as a floor cleaner or disinfectant.
Vinegar glass cleaner– For windows and mirrors, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar, two cups of water, and a dash or two of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Wipe with a piece of newspaper for a streak-free shine.
Marble counter top cleaner– Stir one tablespoon liquid Castile soap into a quart of warm water. Soak a cloth and wipe counter surfaces. Rinse and wipe dry.
Floor cleaner– You can use the diluted vinegar solution above to clean floors, but vinegar isn’t the best choice for wood or marble. Almost any kind of floor can be cleaned with a solution of 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap and two gallons of warm water.
Lemon salt scrub– If you’ve got tough stains on plates or even glass, simply halve a lemon, sprinkle salt in the pulp, and then get scrubbing. This works for everything from sinks to flatware to cutting boards.
Baking soda and vinegar garbage disposal freshener– Something wicked emanating from your garbage disposal? Neutralize it by pouring in 1/2 cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Let sit for ten minutes then run the disposal with the water on.
Stovetop and vent hood de-greaser– Add some generous squirts of liquid Castile soap to two cups of hot water, then scrub the stovetop, vent hood, an burners to cut through built-up grease.
Baking soda oven cleaner– Even if you have a self-cleaning oven, this simple fix is handy to know. To get a shiny-like-new oven, spritz the interior down with plain water, then sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda everywhere, especially the bottom. If there are any dry spots of baking soda left, spritz them lightly with water. Leave it for a few hours (with the oven OFF). Wipe up the paste, and all the baked-on grime should come with it. Be sure to clean up any bits of paste that may have dried and been left behind so they don’t smoke the next time you use your oven.
No-scrub toilet cleaner– Dump a cup of baking soda in the toilet and let it soak for at least an hour. Then dump in a cup of white vinegar, soak for five minutes, and flush.
Toilet spray cleaner– For difficult grime, add two teaspoons of tea tree oil to two cups of water in a spray bottle, and spritz all around the inner rim. Let sit for up to 30 minutes and scrub.
Vinegar showerhead soak-For icky mineral deposits on showerheads, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead. Secure with rubber bands and let soak overnight. Rinse in the morning.
Multi-purpose scouring powder– Mix one cup baking soda, 1/2 cup non iodized salt, 1/2 cup washing soda, and five drops lemon essential oil (optional) in a bowl. Pour into a mason jar and cut holes in the top for easier sprinkling. Dampen surface with water or white vinegar, sprinkle powder, and let sit for five minutes. Scrub until clean, and rinse with water or vinegar.
Powder laundry soap– Grate a whole bar of Castile soap and mix in a large bowl with two parts washing soda and two parts Borax. Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired. Store in Mason jars and use 1/8 to 1/4 cup for each load of laundry.
Steam iron mineral removal– Fill the iron with equal parts white vinegar and water and press the steam button to clean mineral deposits. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.
Orange oil gum remover– Apply orange essential oil to gum-encrusted surfaces with a cotton ball. Launder de-gummed clothing immediately.
Urine stain cleaner– This once-off cleaner is a life-saver for parents of both human children and furbabies. Mix eight ounces of hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda, and one drop of dish or Castile soap in a spray bottle. Swish, DO NOT SHAKE to mix. Use within 20 minutes of mixing. If any dried baking soda remains, wipe or vacuum away.