Like many people, I am not a fan of cleaning, but with two crazy kids, it has to be done, all the time. So often, that I can’t just wait for a time when I am by myself, which is usually never. So, I’ve had to figure out a way to make it safe for my kids to help and be involved in the process, even if it means it takes a little longer. The only way I was comfortable letting them get involved is if I used natural safe cleaners that wouldn’t harm them. As you’ve seen from some past posts, we make a lot of our cleaners and only buy a few ingredients to do this. I’ve made a list of THE ONLY 9 INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE and added a few extra recipes/directions for your basic cleaning needs.
- White Vinegar
- Washing Soda
- Castile Soap – Liquid and Bar
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Dr. Bronner’s All-In-One Liquid Soap
- Essential Oils – my favorites are lavender and peppermint
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Here is a list of past posts about homemade cleaners:
Here are some new ones for you to try!
Hand-washing Dishes: I put 2 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s All-In-One Liquid Soap into 1 quart of water. You get a mild, slightly foaming dish soap that will get those hand-washed pots very clean!
- 1 cup vinegar
- 2 teaspoons liquid castile soap
- small dash of borax
- 1/2 cup water
Clean Your Floors:
- 1 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 8 cups of water
Clogged Drain: Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup salt. Then pour down 1 cup vinegar. Let this sit for 10 minutes and then turn on very hot water to clean drain.
Tough Stains Stove: Baking soda and vinegar
Carpet: Mix 3 cups water with 1 cup liquid castile soap, shake in container until foamy, then apply.
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
Toilet scrub: combine 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar, add to toilet and scrub away.
Add a few drops of essential oils to these cleaners and you’ll have a better smelling experience!!
Bleach: We still keep a gallon of bleach on-hand for some of our cleaning, particularly when we’re disinfecting things for some of the animals and cleaning surfaces for butchering and processing meat. BUT, I did recently find a recipe to make your own bleach using some basic ingredients. The recipe comes from one of my new favorite books Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs, she does an amazing job at summarizing hundreds of cleaning and household recipes that you can use for a more sustainable and natural home.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 15 cups water
Spring cleaning is almost here, so stock up on these natural, simple ingredients, rather than buying harmful chemicals that aren’t good for you or your kids! And now you can teach your kids to clean your house and someday we’ll get to just sit on the couch and watch, right?