Non-Toxic Cleaners for a Healthy Homestead
It’s been bugging me for a long time…
When it was just me cleaning my house, I could find excuses for using toxic, chemical-laden house cleaners. But the last straw for me was once I had little hands and feet with curious eyes wanting desperately to help their Mama.
So I went on a hunt for healthy, natural alternatives.
At first, I went to the store in town. “Natural and hypoallergenic,” the label said, so I purchased it. After using the popular “Non-toxic” cleaner, we all ended up with rashes. Just imagine the damage our livers are sustaining from toxins like that. Nope. Not healthy.
So I started searching for DIY home cleaners. Do you have any idea how many different recipes there are out there???!!! So I started trying them, one at a time, until I found a few that I really liked.
These recipes work exceptionally well to clean the tougher jobs in my home (and I have two toddlers—need I say more?). And it feels so good to keep toxic chemicals out of our home with these simple “liver-friendly” options.
So here are my 3 favorite recipes (the ones we use in our home):
Non-Toxic Window spray:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Combine the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Spray on the glass and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or newspaper.
Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner
I use this for just about everything!
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon natural dish soap (NOT Castile soap)
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 20 drops melaleuca essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake to combine. Spray and wipe on counters, cabinets, sinks, toilets, and anywhere else.
Non-Toxic Deep Clean Toilet Scrub
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 30 drops essential oils of choice (lemon, Melaleuca, On Guard blend, etc)
- 3/4 cup water
Mix together in a squeeze-type bottle, then squirt into the toilet. Scrub and let stand 20 minutes.
For caked-on food in a pot, I simmer some baking soda with water and let stand for an hour or more if necessary. The food comes off easily.