Walking into my apartment last night the smell of toxic cleaner hit me like a ton of bricks. My roommate was doing an awesome job of cleaning the kitchen floor, but within about 10 seconds of shutting the door I had a horrible headache and felt like I might throw up. I ran around the house opening all of the windows and then had to leave because I couldn’t take the smell. That headache stuck with me all night and into the morning, so I couldn’t get out of bed until about 10am (I’m typically up before 6).
I have always been uncomfortable with conventional household cleaning products. The toxic smells and the fact that they either gave me a headache, a stomach ache, or made me feel like I was going to pass out every time I used them has (obviously) caused me a lot of concern. After researching more about these products I have finally begun to take steps towards getting them out of my home! I was doing this gradually, trying to not ruffle too many feathers since I do have two roommates, but yesterdays experience has sent me into over drive. I am sensitive to the fact that we have all likely been brainwashed at some point to think that these toxic chemical cleaning products are necessary to have a clean home, but it’s just not true! The truth is we can be healthier, have a cleaner house, and save a whole lotta money by using home made cleaners. More on that later.
Now is the time for action, so below is a list of cleaning methods and home made cleaners I will be using moving forward. These methods and recipes are a compilation of research I’ve done on the web (shout-out to two of my favorite websites – the amazing Wellness Mama and ever inspiring Trash is for Tossers) and also from my wonderful Mom who has been trying and testing natural cleaning methods for years. Scroll down to see the recipes for each of these home made cleaners and to see my shopping list for whole household cleaning with just 6 simple ingredients!
- Spray with 50/50 Vinegar & Water mix (refereed to as V&W from here on out)
- Wipe down with a old rag or microfiber washcloth and use a second rag or microfiber cloth to polish dry
COUNTERS / TILE / TUB:
- Spray V&W mix and wipe down with an old rag or microfiber cloth
- For stuck on guck in the tub use Homemade Tuff-Stuff Powder
- For grout – Sprinkle baking soda and spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a gentle toothbrush
- Spray with Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and wipe down with an old rag or microfiber cloth
- Dust with a moist old rag or dry microfiber cloth (these grab the dust)
- Clean tables and any other dirty surfaces with Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
- Mix water & Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castel Soap
50/50 Vinegar & Water Spray (V&W)
- This one is pretty self explanatory. Mix equal parts white vinegar & water and place in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
- Ingredients: 1 tsp borax, 1/2 tsp washing soda, 1 tsp liquid castille soap, a few drops essential oils if desired (lavender, lemon, or peppermint all work quite nicely)
- Place borax powder, washing soda, and soap in a spray bottle and add 2 cups of warm (preferably distilled or boiled) water.
- Cover bottle and shake well
- This can be used as a bathroom and kitchen cleaner, or on any other surface to disinfect
Homemade Tuff-Stuff Powder
- Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup borax powder
- Pour all ingredients into a jar and stir until mixed well
- To make a shaker for easy use put the mix in a pint or quart mason jar and poke holes in the top
- To use: lightly wet surface with water or V&W, sprinkle powder and let sit for 5 minutes, scrub with a brush until clean, rinse with water
- White Vinegar
- Borax Powder
- Washing Soda
- Dr Bronner’s Castel Soap (I already had this – I use it when backpacking)
- Baking Soda
- Salt (probably already in your kitchen cabinet)
I will report back and edit this post as we tweak these methods to clean our own home. This post helped me to organize my ideas around using homemade all-natural cleaners, so I hope that you find it helpful as well 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other tips!
All the love,