Spring is a time of refreshment after frosty winter. It is a good time to have a clean up of your house, if you want to do it in a sustainable way, you can find some eco-friendly cleaning tips and learn how to make your own natural cleaners in this blog.
Most common household cleaners are toxic, chemicals they contain can be harmful for you, your pets, and the environment. With just a few organic and inexpensive products you can substitute your household cleaners and keep your home tidy.
- White vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria by creating an acidic environment. It is completely non-toxic and easy to use. (Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are common alternatives to white vinegar).
- Baking soda acts as a natural abrasive, deodorizer, and cleanser. It is gentle enough to use on nearly every surface.
- Olive oil is a perfect product to polish furniture and oil wood without harmful additives.
- Hydrogen peroxide will help you removing stains naturally and easily. Always be sure to check for color-fastness before use.
- Soap nuts are a berry-like fruit harvested from a tree. They contain saponins, which clean anything from clothing to dishes. If you cannot find soap nuts, try grated handmade soaps (often found at a farmer’s market) or natural, biodegradable dish soap.
- Essential oils are a good addition to any natural household cleaner, especially those with cleansing and purifying properties. It will add aroma to a product and does not contain harmful “perfumes” that increase your toxic load.
Using the ingredients listed above you can make all of the following natural household cleaners:
All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaners
In a spray bottle, mix 9 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. You can add a few drops of dish soap, as well. Add essential oils if you would like to minimize the strong smell of the vinegar. Lavender can be used as a cleansing, deodorizing, and purifying agent.
Natural Scouring Alternative
Simply sprinkle baking soda over the area to be cleaned or onto a rag and begin scrubbing.
Natural Furniture Polish
Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of oil. You can use this in a spray bottle or a small amount on a cotton rag.
Natural Oil or Wax for Wood
For wood surfaces that require regular oiling/waxing, switch the ratios to 1/4 cup oil and 1 tablespoon white vinegar, lemon juice, or lemon essential oil. Allow it to soak in for at least 12 hours before wiping off any excess with a dry cloth.
Natural Soap from Soap Nuts
Soap nuts can be added whole to your washing machine or boiled to create a liquid soap nut concentrate. Add two soap nuts per cup of water and boil for approximately 30 minutes, mashing them periodically. Strain, add essential oils and store in a sealed container.
With listed cleaners, you will accomplish your goal in a safe, non-toxic way, and remember that keeping your house clean is about more than scrubbing up messes. One of the easiest things you can do is open the windows and let the fresh air flow.