Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Products

Posted July 18, 2016 by Lauren Dibble in Going Green / 8 Comments

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The Mr. and I got into a big discussion over organic vs not organic, chemicals, clean living, etc. Reading things like Skinny Bitch, watching videos such as The Toxic Baby and  Robyn O’Brien on TEDtalks and thinking about all of the chemicals we’re exposed to nowadays that our grandparents never knew makes me want to go find a cabin in the woods somewhere and become a hermit.

Later on in the conversation, though, I mentioned getting a facial for my birthday and getting a chemical peel, when the Mr. politely piped up and commented on how odd it was I was willing to cover my face in chemicals, but wanted to avoid plastic water bottles for fear of chemicals leaching into the water. Damnit. He had a point. So I’m making moves, now, to replace all of my beauty products (like my fluoride-free organic toothpaste) with organic, or at least natural products, and replace all of my cleaning supplies with natural alternatives. Off to the store we went to buy the necessary ingredients.

I bought white duct tape to cover the markings and logos on my spray bottles (you could easily use the spray bottles for cleaning agents you already have) and labeled them with a sharpie. I created three different cleaning agents: one for dusting, one for all-purpose cleaning and one for windows. See below for the recipes:

Dusting

I doubled this recipe to fill my entire spray bottle. I suppose the olive oil helps repel dust and condition furniture. Shake before using.

All Purpose

I use this as a generic all-purpose, hard-surface cleaner but it can also be used on carpet! First sprinkle corn starch on carpet stains, let sit for 20  minutes. Vacuum it up and then spray with this all-purpose cleaner and blot. I was amazed at the results!

Windows

Some of these may take a little time to get used to. They’re not as caustic as the chemical ones so it may take a little extra elbow grease to accomplish the same thing, but spending a little elbow grease is good for the biceps!

Creating your own homemade, natural cleaning supplies is inexpensive, insanely simple, and gives you a peace of mind you can’t buy off of a shelf. Let me know what your favorite going-green cleaning recipes are!

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Posted July 18, 2016 by Lauren Dibble in Going Green / 8 Comments


8 responses to “Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Products

  1. I’ve got one for you. My mother-in-law works for the city and educates the community on green cleaning and shared a very simple recipe for cleaning tubs, sinks…

    – half part baking soda
    -half part murphy’s oil

    mix together until it creates a creamy like paste. Use a green pad to scoop out some and scrub your tub and sinks. Smells great and it’s very safe, very chemical free and very easy to throw together.

    • Ingrid, I love that! I have found my all-purpose cleaner requires a bit more elbow grease that I would like to do the bath tubs. I will definitely be trying this out! Thank you!

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