Yesterday I covered my top picks for green cleaning products and brands, and while I am thankful there are so many great options for safe and effective cleaning products out there, the reality is that you can meet pretty much all of your family’s cleaning needs with simple and affordable products you probably already have sitting on your kitchen or bathroom shelf.
In our home, we use homemade cleaning products because they are easy to make, very effective at cleaning, safe for using around my kids, and especially because they are so much cheaper than buying cleaning products!
The best part about green cleaning is that you can encourage your toddler to help clean right along with you. My kids love to have their own rag and to spray and wipe down tables, chairs, the floor, and everything in between. And I don’t have to worry if they happen to spray each other (by accident of course, ahem), or if they lick their fingers after dipping them in the toilet bowl cleaner container (happened yesterday)!
If you’re interested in making your own homemade non-toxic and effective cleaners at home, here are the ingredients I recommend you keep on hand.
White Vinegar 1 of 10White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and when mixed 1:1 with water is an effective cleaner for all around the house that costs just pennies.
Baking Soda 2 of 10Baking Soda is a gentle yet effective natural abrasive and great alternative to powdered cleansers. I use it to clean my toilet, tub, white kitchen sink and glass top stove.
Castile Soap 3 of 10Castile Soap is probably my favorite multifunctional green and natural products. I use it to make my favorite multipurpose cleaner that I use all around my house.
Lemon Juice 4 of 10Lemon Juice is a natural brightner and whitner, use it for everything from a bleach alternative in the wash, to homemade dish washing soap because it is excellent at cutting through grease.
Tea Tree Oil 5 of 10Tea Tree Oil is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, add it to your homemade cleaners for all natural disinfecting.
Hydrogen Peroxide 6 of 10Hydorgen Peroxide is another natural disinfectant. You can mix it 1:1 with water (keep it in it's original brown bottle or it will break down) to spray on kitchen counters, around the bathroom, or any area that needs a good disinfecting.
Natural Dishsoap 7 of 10Natural Dishsoap can be used for so much more than washing dishes. It's an effective and gentle cleaner for all around the house. I just mopped all of my wood floors with warm water and a few squirts of dishsoap and they look wonderful and my house smells naturally beautiful.
Borax 8 of 10A great laundry additive that increases the effectiveness of your detergent, you can also use borax in homemade cleaning recipes and as a scouring cleanser all around the house.
Essential Oils 9 of 10Adding essential oils to your homemade cleaners not only add a lovely, natural scent, many essential oils also have natural germ killing qualities. Citrus scents are some of my personal favorites.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 10 of 10No green cleaning routine is complete without reusable microfiber cloths. They can be used for dry dusting and even clean well using only water. Throw them in the wash and reuse them for years and years, breaking your reliance on disposable paper towels.
2. Baking Soda
3. Castile Soap
4. Lemon Juice
5. Tea Tree Oil
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