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Natural and Holistic DIY Cleaning Solutions

Updated 3/6/22

We believe in keeping our homes clean, but we also understand the importance of avoiding some of the harmful chemicals in cleaning supplies. Many families are switching to natural and holistic cleaning methods, and for good reason.

We’re bringing you several DIY, non-toxic cleaning recipes so you can keep your home clean AND free of toxic ingredients. The best part is you likely have many of these ingredients already in your home. Baking soda, white vinegar, dish soap, and water are used in many of these recipes and combine in a variety of ways for non-toxic cleaners that work.

All-Purpose Spray

½ cup white vinegar
2 Tbsp baking soda
10 drops of tea tree, lavender or lemon essential oils

In a bowl, first mix the vinegar, essential oils and a little water. Next add the baking soda and pour into a glass spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Gently mix the ingredients and use throughout the home: tabletops, bathroom and kitchen countertops, shelves, etc.

Scrubbing Cleaner
1 ½ cups baking soda
½ cup environmentally friendly dish soap
10 drops of tea tree, lavender or lemon essential oil

In a bowl, mix the baking soda and laundry soap, stirring to create a paste. Add the essential oil and mix. Store in an airtight container. If it begins to dry out, add a little water. This scrub is great for cleaning the kitchen: scrubbing countertops, appliances, and other hard surfaces.

Dish Soap
½ cup warm distilled water
2 tsp kosher salt
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
1 tsp lemon juice
Lemon essential oil (optional)

First combine the water and salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, Sal Suds, and lemon juice. Combine the two mixtures and stir until thickened. You can choose whether to add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, both to disinfect and to provide a fresh scent. Place the mixture in a recycled dish soap container.

Drain Cleaner

¼ to ½ cup baking soda
¼ cup vinegar

First sprinkle the baking soda down the clogged or smelly drain, then pour a splash of vinegar. The mixture will begin bubbling; let it sit for about an hour. After letting the mixture sit, rinse the drain with boiling hot water. Repeat the mixture and cleaning steps as necessary. Begin doing this regularly and your smelly and clogged drain woes will be a thing of the past!

Mirror and Glass Cleaner
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
8-10 drops of essential oil (of your choice)

Simply add all of the ingredients above to a spray bottle and shake to mix. Be sure to shake well to allow the cornstarch to integrate – it is the ingredient that will prevent streaking on your windows and mirrors. Shake before each use!

Laundry Detergent

½ cup Borax
½ cup washing soda
½ cup Dawn dish soap
4 cups hot water
Empty plastic gallon jug

First combine the first three ingredients in the empty gallon jug, then pour in the water. Fill the container up to the top with cold water. For a standard laundry load, use ¼ of a cup. Shake well before each use!

Laundry Stain Remover
2/3 cup Dawn dish soap
2/3 cup ammonia
6 Tbsp baking soda
2 cups warm water

In a bowl, combine all the above ingredients, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray on the stain, let the mixture soak into the stain and then launder as usual.
However, a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution is also an incredible stain remover. Spray onto the stain, let it sit and then launder normally.

Carpet Freshener
2 cups Borax
1 cup baking soda
10 drops essential oil (of your choice)

Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container. Sprinkle the mixture on your carpet, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum it up! Voila!

Carpet Stain Remover
Baking soda, enough to cover stain
1 Tbsp Dawn dish soap
1 Tbsp white vinegar
2 cups warm water

Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum. Mix the dish soap, vinegar and warm water, and sponge the mixture onto the stain. Blot the stain with a dry cloth and repeat as many times as necessary.

Let us know in the comments below if you create any of these non-toxic homemade cleaning solutions! And if you have a favorite natural mixture of your own, please share that as well!

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