Cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when you’ve got kids. Now that you have more messes per minute, you might be tempted to amplify your cleaning routine with potent cleansers. Cleaners with intense stain-lifting power, bleaching agents, and mold killers that make you dizzy might be the first things that come to mind. But if you are light-headed while cleaning the bathroom, do you really want to bathe your baby there?
Here is a list of natural cleansers you can make yourself. Most are made from everyday ingredients you probably already have on hand. They are safe to use around kids and pets, tried and tested, cost a fraction of what you’d spend for the toxic equivalent and most importantly, they work!
Vinegar kills mold, bacteria and germs. Lavender essential oil and tea tree oil are antibacterial. Lemon juice dissolves hard water and soap scum deposits.
2 cups of water
1/2 tbls natural soap
15 drops tea tree oil
15 drops lavender oil
2 cups of water
2 cups of vinegar
1 cup of lemon juice
20 drops for tea tree oil
1 cup or water + 1 cup of white vinegar + 10 drops of your favorite oil
1/2 tsp washing soda + 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp lemon juice + 4 tsp white vinegar + 3 cups hot water (works great on tile)
? Bathtub scrub: 1 cup baking soda + 1 cup borax + 1 cup salt + enough water to make a paste
Baking soda + water to make a paste. Scrub and let it stand for 20 minutes. Wash with warm water.
? Slowly running drains: Pour 3/4 cup of baking soda in to drain, pour some hot water just to wash it into the drain. Let it stand overnight (doesn’t work if drains are blocked).
? To unclog drains: 1 cup of baking soda in the drain. Then pour 1 cup of vinegar and cover (it?s going to bubble ). Let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash it out with pot of boiling water. Repeat if needed.
? Mold: 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide + 2 cups of water: spray on mold and leave it at least for an hour
1 tsp of tea trea oil+ 2 cups water. Spray and let it sit for 24 hours. Do not rinse off.
? Shower curtain: wash it with regular detergent + 1 cup of vinegar. Hang it back up right away.
? Shower head: 1 cup of vinegar in Ziploc bag. Place shower head in bag and secure bag to shower head with rubber band or tape. Soak it overnight.
1 cup vinegar + ? baking soda. Soak it for 2 hours.
? Toilet bowl: 1 cup of vinegar + 1/4 cup baking soda. Scrub.
1 cup of lemon juice + 2 cups of borax. Let sit for 2 hours. Scrub.
? Mirror (or window) cleaner: 1 cup of vodka or rubbing alcohol ( prevents streaks) + 1 cup of water + 1 tbls of white vinegar.
Vinegar in mist spray bottle and microfiber cloth. Spray on cloth and then wipe.
? Coffee and tea stains: scrub with salt and vinegar paste
? Cutting board: to remove odors, scrub with ? lemon and salt. Rinse with water
Rinse with hydrogen peroxide (kills bacteria). Rinse with water.
? Dishwasher: (clean it between washes) 1 1/2 tsp baking soda + 2 tsp Borax
1/2 cup of lemon juice
To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher.
? Fruit flies: 1 cup of vinegar + 3 drops of dish soap. Mix together in a bowl.
Piece of banana + balsamic vinegar in a bowl
1 cup on red wine + 1 cup beer
? Garbage disposal: 1/2 cup baking soda + 1 cup vinegar
? Microwave: 2 cups of water + 1/4 of vinegar (3 T of lemon juice is optional). Place it in microwave and cook it for 3 minutes. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Wipe.
Just bowl of vinegar. Cook it for 3 minutes. Wipe.
2 cups of water + 15 drops of tea tree oil. Cook it for 3 minutes. Wipe.
? Sink (or bathtub) : mix baking soda with water to make a paste ( add lemon for whitening). Scrub and let it stand for 20 minutes. Wash out with water.
? Refrigerator/ Freezer: to remove bad odor: place 1 cup of baking soda and let it sit for 1 week.
Cut 1 orange/lemon in half, scrape out the inside, and fill it with salt or baking soda. Discard after a week.
- To clean fridge: I use 1 cup of vinegar + 2 cups of warm water. If you need to scrub make a paste from baking soda+ water.
- To clean the outside stainless steel fridge: spray it with vinegar and wipe.
? Oven: 2 tsp liquid soap + 2 tsp borax + 2 cups hot water. Mix and spray in the oven. Let it sit 1 to 2 hours. Scrub with baking soda and water paste. Rinse.
? Pans and pots:
- Cast iron: salt and water
- Copper: lemon and salt mixture
- Brass: cover burn with ketchup. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse
- Stainless steel: cover burnt-on food with baking soda and water mix and let it sit for a couple hours (overnight for really stubborn stains). Do not remove baking soda. Add 2 parts of water + 1 part of vinegar and boil. Let it cool and wash.
- General for burnt-on food: 1 cup of vinegar (or lemon juice) + 2 cups water. Boil, it loosens the burnt residue. Wipe it off.
1 cup olive oil + 1/2 cup lemon juice. Spray mixture on rag and apply it on furniture.
? Chewing gum stain: place egg whites or mayonnaise on gum, let it sit couple minutes and slide the gum out with your fingers (works great if gum is in hair).
Spray on hot vinegar, let it sit 3 minutes. Scrub with toothbrush.
? Diaper rash: use corn starch
? Stuffed toys:
- To kill dust mites: place stuffed toy in a bag and put it in the freezer overnight. Take it out of the freezer and vacuum dead mites from the toy.
If toy can be washed in washing machine, place it in pillow case and wash it with hot water. Tumble in dryer on low or let it dry in the sun.
- To clean large toys: place it in a trash bag sprinkled with baking soda, close the bag and shake it. Leave it in the bag for 1 hour. Vacuum.
? Humidifier: 1 cup of vinegar + 2 cups of water in water tank. Let sit for an hour and rinse it with warm water (needs to be done daily while using humidifier).
Rinse water tank with clean water. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar and let humidifier run for couple of minutes. Keep your windows open! Rinse with warm water.
? Stickers on walls (price tags on glass, etc.): soak sticker with vinegar and let sit for 20
? Bath, teething, plastic toys (to remove mold): soak in 2 cups of vinegar + 4 cups of water overnight.
? Baby bottles: to clean a”cloudy” bottle, scrub with baking soda and water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well.
- To remove grease: 2 T lemon juice + 2T vinegar + enough warm water to fill the bottle. Let it sit for 20 minutes and wash.
- For small parts: 1/2 cup lemon juice + 1 1/2 cup water. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.
- To sterilize: steam bottle and its parts for 20 minutes. Air dry.
? To bleach clothes:
1 cup of lemon juice + 1 cup of baking soda (works only if you dry clothes in the sunshine/outside) Does wonders on stained white shirts.
1/2 cup baking soda (outside or dryer)
1 cup white vinegar + 6 cups water. Soak overnight then wash.
Use 1 cup of vinegar instead of fabric softener
? For naturally freshly scented laundry: place 10-15 drops of essential oil onto fabric scrap (good use for husband’s old tee shirt) and dry with load.
? To remove yellow sweat stains from material, soak it in a mixture of salt and water.
? Laundry detergent: 1/2 baking soda+1/4 washing soda+1/4 borax+1/2 soap flakes (grated pure soap such as Ivory). Use ? cup at a time.
? Add 1/2 tsp tea tree oil to laundry to prevent molding on items such as pillows/blankets/towels.
? For the laundry hamper: to prevent bad odors, sprinkle with baking soda.
? To prevent moths: Place dried orange or lemon peels into drawers or closets.
? Chocolate: 1 cup 3% peroxide + 3/4 cup dish soap. Soak for 30 minutes. Wash.
? Cranberry sauce: soak it for 30 minutes before washing: 1 cup of washing detergent + 3 cups of white vinegar.
? Ink: spray with a lot of hair spray. Wash off.
? Urine on a mattress: soak the area with paper or regular towel. Wash stain with 1 cup of water + 1/2 cup of soap + 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Use paper towel to soak up soap/water/vinegar mixture. Cover the whole wet (now clean) spot with baking soda. Wait until the baking soda gets wet and then remove the paste. Again cover the spot with baking soda and let it get wet. Once it dries, vacuum the baking soda. Repeat last step if the spot is still damp.
? Marks on walls (such as crayons, pencils): make a paste from baking soda and water and scrub the drawing on the wall.
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? Tomato sauce: 1/3 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide + 3 cups of water (needs to be made fresh). Soak for 1 hour. Wash.
? Wine: Pour club soda over the stain. Dry it with towel.
Pour salt on stain until it absorbs wine, soak it in salt and cold water mix for 30 minutes then wash. *Only works on fresh stains*
1 tsp borax + warm water. Soak for couple minutes. Wash.
1 gallon water + 1 cup vinegar (add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for more pleasant smell)
There you have it! Everything you ever needed to know about making safe, inexpensive, and effective household cleaning products with ingredients you likely already have at home. Get creative with some essential oils and use aromatherapy to make your cleaning experience less of a chore. A special thank you to HumptyDumptyParent.com for their amazing tips and recipes. Make sure you check out their site and show them some love on their Facebook and Twitter pages too 🙂