Healthy Household Cleaning Options For Your Family

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a number of people ask me about how and why I go about making my own household cleaners, so I thought I’d do another post on homemade cleaners and green cleaning. These recipes will have your home clean, sparkling and fresh with little to no chemicals and at a fraction of the price you’re probably paying now! I’ll start with the Why then get to the How.

My Top 5 Reasons to Go Homemade and Green With Your Cleaning:

  1. You and Your Family’s Health and Well Being: Chemicals found in basic household cleaners (fragrances, dyes, harsh cleansers) can make you and your family sick, from tummy troubles to cancer, just by exposure via normal cleaning.
  2. The Environment: The chemicals from basic household cleaners, like bleach and disinfectants, find their way into our ecosystems in many ways, like when they are produced and when people use them, track them around, and wash them down the drain and subsequently into the water supply.
  3. Fido and Fluffy: Household pets are often exposed to the chemicals we use in the home as they are walking on surfaces and then licking their paws. If their bedding is sprayed with fabric refreshers or washed with fragrances and dryer sheets, they are most definitely ingesting those chemicals too.
  4. Less Money: There isn’t a whole lot some baking soda, vinegar, a little borax and a few other ingredients can’t tackle. For pennies on the dollar you can clean your entire house, wash your clothes, and run your dishwasher.
  5. Less Waste: This fits under the environment tab too, but I think it deserves its own spot. Making your own cleaners means buying less bottles, boxes, and bags. Recycling containers is great, but  not using them in the first place is even better!

As with anything you wouldn’t want your child to consume (like a bottle of vinegar or a box of baking soda) keep all cleaners, green or not, out of the reach of children. To be extra safe, have a list of ingredients on spray bottles and containers in case of ingestion.

With that in mind here are my tried and true favorites for you to try in your home. Some of them do call for additions, like Lemishine in the dish washer powder. You can replace this with any citric acid, including a packet of lemon kool aid, and the Fels Naptha in the laundry detergent can be replaced with any soap, including Dr. Bronner’s if you like. I’ve researched the Borax, Borax is NOT the same as Boric acid. This being said, I don’t recommend consuming it, but why would you….

Dish Washer Powder 

I C Borax

1 C Washing Soda

½ C Kosher Salt

1 C Lemishine

Add a bundle of rice in cheesecloth and shake repeatedly as this will clump in the first 24 hrs. (If you have a Brown Sugar Bear, toss it in, they work the best for reducing clumps!)

Dish Soap

2 C Castille Soap

½ C Water

½ tsp Lemon Oil

Floors (Both Tile and Wood)

1 C White Vinegar

1 Gallon Warm Water

Add lemon oil for tile floor if desired

Water and Vinegar Floor Cleaner Before Mopping

Water and Vinegar Floor Cleaner Before Mopping

Water and Vinegar Floor Cleaner After Mopping

Water and Vinegar Floor Cleaner After Mopping

Glass Cleaner

¼ C Rubbing Alcohol

½ C White Vinegar

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

2 C Warm Water

Toilet

½ C Baking Soda

½ C White Vinegar

10 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Place baking soda in bowl, add Tea Tree oil, and then vinegar. Let bubble, scrub bowl and let sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing again and flushing.

No really...it works!

No really…it works!

Tub, Sink and Outside of Toilet Cleaner

1 C Baking Soda

1 tsp Liquid Soap

15 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Place all ingredients in bowl, form paste, drop onto surfaces and scrub.

Clean, Green and Cheap!

Clean, Green and Cheap!

All Purpose Counter Cleaner

2 tsp Borax

1 tsp Washing Soda

½ C White Vinegar

½ tsp Dish detergent

2 C Hot water

Place ingredients, in this order, in spray bottle, mix and use

Oven Cleaner

5 Tbsp Baking Soda

5 Drops Dish Soap

4 Tbsp Vinegar

Mix into paste, adding more baking soda if needed. Wipe onto oven surfaces, leave for 15 minutes, then scrub with half a lemon and rinse.

Laundry Detergent

1 C Borax

1 C Washing Soda

1 Bar Grated Fels Naptha Soap

Place in container and mix. 1 Tbsp per regular load, 2 Tbsp for a large/super load

I’d love to know how you find these to work in your home!

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