5 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaning Recipes
There are commercial green cleaning products that you can buy these days and with a little research feel pretty safe using them in your home, but if you are a DYI enthusiast who likes to keep it simple, save money, and be completely sure about the safety of the ingredients you are using, here are a few basic recipes for non-toxic cleaning products you can make in your own kitchen. There are more complicated recipes around but you won't find them any better at their job than these few recipes listed below using basic ingredients.Safe, chemical free and non-toxic techniques and DIY products for cleaning your home.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED
- A few spray bottles - they can be recycled from other products
- Baking Soda
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Castile Soap
- Lemon Juice
- Essential Oils
- Liquid Glycerin
- Your Krystal Klear Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Household Vinegar contains acetic acid, a powerful antimicrobial that kills salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Readily available and cheap to boot, vinegar solutions in the proper proportions are a safe and effective alternative to harsh commercial cleaners.
Castile Soap does not contain harsh synthetic detergents and the best ones don't add any skin irritating artificial colorants, fragrances or preservatives. If you use the Dr. Bronners famous brand it is a great product made of organic, vegetarian oils. and includes water, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, and tocopherol, or vitamin E (a fat soluble chemical). It’s highly concentrated, so a tiny bit goes a long way. If you purchase a less well known brand be sure to read the labels when you shop to be sure you are getting a pure castile soap.
Castile Soap can be used as hand soap, face soap, body soap and shampoo. You can wash your clothes with it, as well as your dishes and even your food. By adding some baking soda, you can create an effective soft scrubbing cleaning paste.
Lemon Juice is a natural disinfectant, stain remover and wonderful for polishing metal
Baking Soda is a mild alkali and so can dissolve grease and dirt when mixed with water. When only partially dissolved it can be used as a mild abrasive when sprinkled onto a cloth and wet slightly with water to scour surfaces like tubs, sinks and toilets clean.
Liquid Glycerin is a natural moisturizer to protect skin during the use of cleaners. You can add this to any of your mixtures to protect and moisturize your skin as you clean.
Essential Oils have lovely scents and can be used in a diffuser to add fragrance to your rooms and clean the air of the bacteria that creates odors but pure essential oils also have antimicrobial qualities that make them powerful cleaners for killing bacteria, fungus and viruses. Some are more useful than others for cleaning and so the recipes below include those specific to cleaning.
As a substitute for chemical fragrances add 5 - 10 drops of essential oils to 3 cups of any homemade cleaning recipe. If you want to make use of the antimicrobial properties of an oil 15 - 30 drops are needed. I drop a few drops into my dish water and into my water when cleaning the floor with my microfiber mop. You can also drop a few drops onto a tissue or cotton ball and place it into a room if you don't have a diffuser to clean the air.
Krystal Klear Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Using a Krystal Klear microfiber cleaning cloth with your homemade cleaners and essential oils not only helps tremendously with the pick up of grease and dirt but also increases your confidence in bacteria pick up as the microfibers pick up 99% of the bacteria they come into contact with. Then simply wash the bacteria down the drain with hot water.
We suggest using a cloth dampened only with water for surfaces that need a streak free finish and a different one if you are cleaning with essential oils as they will leave an oil residue behind.
We could break these recipes down into a special recipe for each room or cleaning job but I find it just isn't necessary because one of the great things about making natural cleaners is that you learn you really don't need a lot of different products to get the job done. These are good general cleaning and disinfectant recipes you can carry throughout your house that will get many jobs done well without changing up your spray bottle or ingredients.
Daily Cleaning Spray
1 part water
1 part vinegar
5-10 drops of essential oil ( lemon is a nice bright smell and doubles as a de-greaser)
Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle being sure to add enough essential oil that the fragrance breaks through the vinegar smell. Spray anywhere you are doing a daily wipe down around the kitchen, bathrooms etc. Leave on for a few minutes and wipe away.
If you have marble, granite or stone counter tops skip the vinegar and just use water and your Krystal Klear Cloth. The essential oils will leave a filmy residue behind and the vinegar is acidic and can be harmful if used regularly. Your Krystal Klear Cloth can be used safely to remove the dirt, grease, and bacteria while leaving them streak free.
Commercial air fresheners of all kinds contain some of the most toxic chemicals on the shelves. Try this simple recipe for freshening up your rooms naturally.
1 small mason jar w/lid
baking soda 1 cup
15 drops of essential oil
Poke small holes in the lid of the mason jar using a small screw driver and pour in the baking soda. Add 20 drops of whatever essential oil you love; peppermint, lemon and pine make nice air fresheners. If you don't want to poke holes in your metal lid just cut out a piece of card stock the size of the mouth of your mason jar and use a thumb tack or pin to punch your holes in it.
Shake the jar once in a while to release the fragrance into the room after it has settled. You can use this same freshener on carpets. Sprinkle it on your carpet, let it stand for 30 minutes and vacuum.
1/2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Flush the toilet to wet the sides and then sprinkle the baking soda to coat the sides. Add the vinegar, a bit more of the baking soda and the essential oils to the water sitting in the bowl. Let it all sit for 15 minutes, swish to clean and flush. The baking soda works as a scrubbing agent, the vinegar is a cleaning agent and the essential oil is both an antibacterial and a nice fragrance to leave behind.
Lemon Juice Bleach
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 gallon very! hot water
Soak the clothes in this mixture for at least an hour, overnight is best for heavily stained or yellowed fabric. When the soaking is complete add both the mixture and the clothes to the washing machine and wash as usual. This solution works best on cotton and polyester and should not be used on silk.
ESSENTIAL OILS how and where to use them
Essential oils are truly indispensable in preparing your non toxic cleaning recipes. With their antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties you can get rid of even your most toxic cleaners like bleach for almost every task if you learn how to use them in your everyday cleaning.
Lemon (natural antibacterial and antiviral -good for freshening the air)
Tea Tree ( powerful for fighting germs, bacteria and viruses. Use in wipes, hand soap or a daily shower spray)
Rosemary (natural antibacterial and antiseptic; good to add to natural laundry soap)
Wild Orange (lemon and orange are great degreasers; mix them with castile soap to wipe down stove tops and counters or make an energizing kitchen spray)
Thyme (powerful against all germs including salmonella - use it as a hand washing ingredient and to clean cutting boards that have been used for raw meat)
Lavender (one of the most popular for it's beautiful and versatile aroma. It's anti-bacterial properties make it great for first-aid kits and any general disinfectant sprays and cleaners you make)
2 cups of water
3 tablespoons of unscented castile soap
20-30 drops of Tea Tree or Thyme essential oil
This is a good spray for disinfecting the kitchen and bathroom. If you add a splash of vinegar to the tea tree oil in this spray it makes an effective cleaner for cutting boards as well.
Castile soap is biodegradable and so this spray can be used safely inside or outside without harming plants, animals or waterways. It's safe and gentle to the skin as well.
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
3/4 cup baking soda
1 tbsp liquid glycerin (a natural moisturizer to protect skin during use of cleaners)
12 drops tea tree essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
Use anywhere you use chemical scrubs; kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, showers and tile.
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