Toxic cleaning supplies are one of our biggest concerns. Indoor air quality is directly affected by the use of hazardous cleaners inside the home as chemicals linger in the air for hours before dissipating. Not only that — each year the poison control center receives thousands of calls about children ingesting dangerous chemicals found in the family's cleaning cabinet.
With tens of thousands of potential ingredients, and too few rules governing their safety, we've found the easiest way to avoid these dangerous toxins is to just make our own cleaning supplies.
So when it comes to spring cleaning this year, give these easy DIY natural cleaners a try in your home instead! They're fast and simple recipes that provide the perfect way to ease the transition to cleaning without toxic chemicals in your home while drastically reducing indoor air pollution at the same time.
And don't miss our Green Cleaning Guide with the top 7 toxic cleaners + safer alternatives for even more in-depth information on pre-made cleaning products.
Non-toxic Homemade Cleaning Recipes
It wasn't until we were desperate for safe cleaning supplies that we realized how simple it really is to make our own. Most of us have these ingredients sitting in our pantries right now! With just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes, you've got a cleaning arsenal that's both non-toxic and effective. Even with better store-bought cleaning products available now, you can't beat these 5 frugal recipes made with simple, safe ingredients to keep your home clean and your family healthy.
1) All-Purpose Cleaner
Our everyday, quick cleaner that gets the job done all around house. This simple recipe kills germs and freshens your home from top to bottom. It can even be used on food surfaces!
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 20-30 drops organic lemon essential oil*
- 1 cup water
- 8oz or larger spray bottle (we love these glass spray bottles)
Combine the vinegar and essential oil in your small spray bottle. Add the water, shake it up and it's ready to use! Shake before each use for best results.
*We always recommend certified organic essential oils to avoid the presence of pesticides that may become concentrated during the extraction process.
2) Bubbling Scrubber Cleaner
If you love bubbling bathroom cleaners but want a healthier option for your family, this easy homemade cleaner will get the job done without the toxic chemicals. Perfect for grimy areas and places with mold and mildew.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tablespoons castile soap
- 1 cup water
- 16oz or larger spray bottle (we love these glass spray bottles)
Combine all ingredients in your spray bottle. Shake well and spray on dirty areas that need scrubbing. Let sit until the bubbling stops, and wipe away.
3) Scouring Powder
An abrasive cleaner is often necessary to get tough dirt and stains out of textured surfaces. This scouring powder is your non-toxic and effective cleaning option for removing stains from porous countertops and tough jobs like sinks and bathtubs.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon castile soap
- small non-metal bowl or container (glass, ceramic or plastic work well)
Combine the baking soda and castile soap in your non-metal bowl or container. Sprinkle on the surface to be cleaned and rub in a circular motion until clean.
*This cleaner is abrasive. Do not use on scratchable surfaces and watch for signs of scoring.
4) Soap Scum Remover
This acidic combination is completely non-toxic and effective at breaking down and removing tough soap scum in the shower and on the shower doors. Use on tile, faucets, bathtubs and sinks or wherever you have soap scum build up.
Mix the vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle and shake. Removing soap rings around the tub is as easy as spraying until heavily soaked and letting sit for at least 10 minutes. Then gently wipe and rinse away with minimal work.
5) Carpet Deodorizer
Carpet is one of those things that attracts odors that can be difficult to get rid of, and carpet stench can really hang in the air so it's a nasty double whammy. This carpet powder is all natural, smells great and gets the job done.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10-20 drops organic essential oil of your choice*
- shaker bottle (you can pick up bottles like this, or an upcycled spice jar or parmesan cheese bottle works perfectly)
Place the drops of essential oil into the baking soda inside your shaker bottle. Shake well and let sit for a few days to allow the essential oils to fully mix with the baking soda. Sprinkle on the carpet and let sit for about 30 minutes before vacuuming up. For more potent fragrance and stronger deodorizing, sprinkle on carpet before bed, let sit overnight and vacuum in the morning.
*We always recommend certified organic essential oils to avoid the presence of pesticides that become concentrated during the extraction process.
What are your favorite homemade cleaning recipes?