How to Make Natural Home Cleaning Products

Housecleaning is much easier today than it was for earliner generations.

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There are have so many selections of cleaning products available today, yet that convenience may be jeopardizing the health of your family. Many cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that you may not want in your house, no matter how well they claim to clean. Making your own natural cleaning products doesn't take rocket science. Using a few general household products, you can keep your home clean for a fraction of the price of those store bought cleaners and you can rest assured you are not compromising your family's health for a clean home.

Make a disinfectant all purpose cleaner. Mix 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 teaspoon borax in a 16-oz. non-aerosol spray bottle. Add 2 cups warm water. Shake to mix well. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to add scent if desired. This cleaner can be used to wipe down bathroom and kitchen counters.

Mix together a tub and tile cleaner. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub over the tub to remove dirt and grim, then rinse with warm water. For tougher jobs, spray white vinegar over the tub and tile first to help break up the grime. Follow by scouring with the baking soda on the sponge. Rinse well with warm water and a clean sponge.

Make a simple floor cleaner. In a bucket, combine equal parts of white vinegar and water. Start with 4 cups of vinegar and 4 cups of water. Add more or less depending on the size of the floor you will be cleaning. Add about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix well. Use this cleaner on vinyl and linoleum. Only use on wood floors that require damp mopping.

Mix together a window cleaner solution. In a liter spray bottle mix 2 teaspoons white vinegar with 1 liter of water. Spray on windows or mirrors. Use crumpled up newspapers to wipe down. The newspaper print prevents streaks on the windows.

Clean toilet bowls by combining 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar in a bowl. Stir to mix well. Flush toilet and then add the mixture. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush. Flush to rinse. A substitute would be using 1 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Clean the toilet in the same way.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Borax
  • Lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  • Buckets
  • Sponge

Tip

  • Always have good ventilation in any room you are cleaning, even when using natural products.

Warning

  • Keep products out of the reach of children and pets.

About the Author

Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.