5 simple natural cleaners! That is all you will need to clean 93.3492% of the surfaces in your home. OK, so clearly I made up that statistic, but seriously most of your home can be cleaned with 5 simple, cheap, safe, readily available ingredients. It’s probably what your grandma used. And grandma is always right!
I could go on and on about how toxic the air inside your home can be, or how commercial cleaners are potentially dangerous. Instead, I’m going to appeal to your cheap, eh I mean, frugal side. If you could get away with spending like $5 a year on cleaning solutions, wouldn’t you! ? Again, pulling that $5 out of the air, but it’s not far off.
Ingredient – Natural Cleaners
1) White Distilled Vinegar – disinfects and deodorizes
2) Baking Soda – mild, scrubs without scratching
3) Hydrogen Peroxide – disinfects (recognized by EPA as a disinfectant)
4) Rubbing Alcohol – disinfects
5) Castile soap (or other liquid soap of your choosing, NOT anti-bacterial) – you need some sort of soap
I bet you already have these in your house.
You will also need some empty spray bottle and labels! You can find bottles at dollar stores, Home Depot, hardware stores, Walmart,Target among other places. Do yourself a favor and label the bottles with the recipe and directions if needed so when they run out, they can easily be refilled.
All-purpose cleaner (Cost $0.75, without essential oils $0.15)
This can be used on any hard non porous surface. NOT FOR GRANITE OR MARBLE.
2 cups water
½ cup distilled white vinegar
Optional (10 drops lavender, 10 drops lemongrass, 10 drops lemon)
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle.
If you don’t like the smell of the white vinegar, try infusing it with citrus peels first.
Granite Cleaner (Cost: $0.10)
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
3 drops liquid soap
2 cups water
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle
Disinfectant (Cost: $1)
Put a spray top on that bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to keep the hydrogen peroxide in the brown bottle. Light will break it down.
Spray the surface – counter, doorknobs, faucet, lunch box, water bottle, .. .– with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit. For lunch boxes and water bottles, I rinse after at least 10 minutes, then let dry.
For extra disinfecting
Spray some pure vinegar on the surface, then spray the hydrogen peroxide.
The mixture of the 2 creates a super disinfectant. Some sources claim this combination will kill Salmonella and E. Coli. Never combine the 2 into one bottle and store. This can create a bad combination to leave around your house. I use this on my counters on occasion, cutting boards, kids’ reusable bottles, anything I feel needs a little extra attention.
Baking soda mixed with a bit of water to form a paste.
Sprinkle with baking soda
Spray with water to moisten
Let sit over night, might need to re-moisten
Scrub off in the morning
Into the bowl – 1 TBSP of castile soap, 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup vinegar
Let it fizz for a few minutes
Windows (Cost: $0.30)
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
¼ cup white vinegar
1 TBSP cornstarch
2 cups hot water
OK, so cornstarch wasn’t on the original list. You caught me! (good for you for making it this far!) It can be left out, but I’m guessing you have some.
Combine everything into a spray bottle and shake well, each time before using.
May need to clean a few times to remove the ammonia residue from old cleaners.
For Hardwood or other sealed wood floors – mostly just pick up the dust with a soft dry mop or vacuum with a gentle vacuum – ie. No beater brush as you would use on a carpet.
When you mop – use some white vinegar with warm water.
Same vinegar and water solution as above.
Mix baking soda and soap into a paste.
Scrub with an old toothbrush.
Foaming Hand Soap (Cost: $0.50)
¼ cup (2oz) castile soap
2 cups Water
Place this mixture into any foaming hand pump. You can do this with any liquid soap. Some people melt a bar of soap in water. You can also get fancy and add essential oils for scent or glycerin for moisture.
With one more ingredient, you can make the BEST stain remover for clothing EVER!
What other cleaners do you use?
This post is part of Green Sisterhood’s Earth Month Blog Party. For more great ideas from my sisters, check out the following blogs: