It’s now well known that conventional cleaning products are full of some pretty icky stuff. Considering that even something as innocuous-sounding as “fragrance” can contain toxic chemicals, just imagine what’s in the rest of those ingredients! Now more than ever, people are turning to DIY, natural solutions. It’s simple to whip up an array of toxin-free DIY cleaning products that can keep every corner of your abode sparkly clean. Here’s our comprehensive guide.
When it comes to DIY home cleaners, a few ingredients stand out from the pack in terms of their ability to natural clean and disinfect. Here are a few of the ingredients you'll be using and why.
Borax: Borax is a mineral also known as sodium borate. It is a type of salt that has a number of applications when cleaning. It helps make your cleaner basic, which makes other cleansers more effective. It can also convert water to hydrogen peroxide, which has cleaning applications of its own. All factors combined, Borax is effective in removing grease and grime.
Vinegar: Vinegar is a fantastic cleaning agent, as it has disinfectant properties yet is completely natural. It is capable of killing both bacteria and mold.
Baking Soda: Baking soda is another useful ingredient to have in your natural cleaning arsenal. For one thing, its mildly gritty texture makes it useful for scrubbing off dirt and grime. But, much like Borax, it is basic in its pH... Which means that when it reacts with vinegar (an acidic ingredient), the results are explosive! This fizzy combination can help remove dirt and grime, unclog toilets and pipes, and much more.
Washing Soda: Many DIY cleaning recipes call for washing soda, which isn’t to be confused with baking soda. Though the two are closely related, they have a different chemical makeup. Washing soda helps to soften the water, allowing this mixture to more easily lift grease from dirty dishes, pots and pans.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant that can kill certain strains of bacteria. It also helps to keep your home clean by prohibiting bacterial reproduction.
A good all-purpose cleaner can fight bacteria, help wipe away dust and dirt, and give a pleasant fragrance to your entire home. Our favorite recipe makes use of old-fashioned ingredients that are able to gently and naturally disinfect your home with the trifecta of hydrogen peroxide, Borax and vinegar.
A good window cleaner won’t include ingredients like Borax or baking soda, because those kinds of ingredients could cause streaking. Instead, this recipe contains subtle antibacterial properties thanks to lemon, as well as the gentle-but-tough cleaning capacity of vinegar.
Looking for a dish soap that will be effective at removing food and grime while still remaining affordable and natural? This is it.
A good dusting spray should be (extremely) mildly sticky. This is because it needs attract dirt and dust to your rag, and leave a light coating to make your furniture and floors nice and shiny. This natural DIY dusting spray does just that with natural olive oil.
Your clothes sit against your skin all day — why wash them with products that contain toxic substances, irritating artificial fragrances and who knows what else? This DIY detergent will get your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
Finally, no cleaning list would be complete without taking care of one of the dirtiest places in the home: the toilet. This DIY cleaner freshens things up and washes things out while remaining as nontoxic as it gets.
With all of these natural DIY cleaning options, your home is sure to be sweet-smelling and freaky chemical-free in no time!