DIY Natural Cleaning Supplies

Today I’m excited to introduce Tabbie Stark from homeyou.com.  Tabbie has written an article for us on the healthy and budget-wise alternatives to cleaning solutions for our home.  We’re all concerned with eating healthy but do we give enough thought about what’s going into our homes and surroundings?  These things have a big impact on us as well and today we’ve got some great information on how to save money as well as keeping those chemicals out of our environment.  I learned a lot today and my cleaning cupboard is getting a big makeover!

DIY Natural Cleaning Supplies

When I was growing up I always wondered why my mom always bought gallons of vinegar instead of Clorox, boxes of baking soda instead of Scrubbing Bubbles, lemons and cinnamon instead of air fresheners, and borax for literally everything. I always thought she was just being cheap and not buying the stuff that “really works”. And when I moved out, I bought my first pack of cleaning wipes and was hooked. I kept trying to get my mom to convert and save herself of energy. But as many things my mom taught me that I didn’t listen to as a child, the joke’s on me. I got more concerned about what was around me and my family and what chemicals I was exposing us to and that’s when it all clicked. If you are also worried about cleaning your kitchen and home with these harsh chemicals, these are some options for you and your home that are more natural and just as effective.

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Oven Cleaner

This is by far one of the most harsh chemicals a lot of people keep in their home but when it comes to an oven with burnt on stains, it feels necessary. But luckily there is a much better solution for your oven.

2 Cups of hot water

1 Tablespoon for liquid dish soap

1 Teaspoon of borax

To clean the oven, mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and let sit for 20 mins. Then use a soft towel or recycled flannel material to clean it off. This should be able to help you get even the most baked on spots out of your oven without all the chemicals.

Disinfectant All-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner is great for all over the house including bathrooms and kitchen. It works on tough countertop stains and kills germs all over the bathroom and doesn’t have the same skin damaging chemicals as most store bought brands that can be dangerous to families and pets.

2 Teaspoons of borax

4 Tablespoons of vinegar

3 Cups of hot water

¼ Teaspoon of pure castile soap

5-6 Drops of lemon and lavender essential oil (optional)

While this isn’t an antibacterial spray, most bathrooms and kitchens aren’t in need of them except in extreme cases. This all purpose cleaner should be a perfect option for all your cleaning needs.

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Window/Glass Cleaner

Window cleaners are great when it comes to making sure your glass surfaces look beautiful but for families with asthma or allergies, they can be a big problem. Luckily there is an option that will cost you less than 25 cents a bottle.

1/4 of Vinegar

2 Cups of Water

Mix these in the bottle and use it as you would any other glass cleaner.

Pro Tip: skip paper towels or fabrics that leave specs on your glass and instead opt for coffee filters to clean your windows. They leave your glass clean and clear.

Drain Cleaner

Drain cleaner is one of the most dangerous chemicals we keep in our homes, but as a woman with long curly hair, it’s almost a necessity for my bathroom. But I was tired of locking away the drain cleaner like it was a nuclear bomb from the kids and pets, I looked for a natural solution and it’s as simple as your 5th grade science project.

1/2 Cup of baking soda

1/2 Cup of vinegar

First pour the baking soda down the drain and then the vinegar. The chemical reaction will break down the blockage and cause it to drain correctly. After 15 minutes, pour boiling water down the drain to clear it. This method should only be used if you have metal pipes as plastic pipes will melt if too much boiling water is used.

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While sometimes buying cleaning supplies from the store can feel easier but a little bit of time and a change of habits could save your family from health risks and save you money. Many other recipes for cleaning supplies can be found online but if you are just getting started your best bets would be to invest in vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, a pure castile liquid soap and a couple of essential oils of your choosing. With these supplies you can clean almost everything in your home!

Article written by Tabbie Stark, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check more on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

20 Comments

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    Anita Rivera
    July 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

    A M E N!!!!!!!!!!! I have to admit that I neglect certain cleaning jobs because of the harsh chemicals necessary (or so we’re told) to clean these areas. But I just discovered Castile soap and I LOVE IT! I have the lavender scent and it does the job! Hey there, my friend!

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      Robyn
      July 22, 2016 at 7:52 am

      I haven’t used Castile soap but will definitely try it soon. Don’t you love the answer to the oven cleaning! Are you melting today? Whew, it’s HOT!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 21, 2016 at 8:33 am

    We use vinegar on everything! It may smell for a few minutes but it works amazingly well. Love all these ideas and I can’t wait to try the oven cleaner! Sharing and pinning 🙂
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      Robyn
      July 22, 2016 at 7:56 am

      I used baking soda and lemon to get rid of the tough spots but these tips are going to help me get back to natural. Glad you enjoyed the post, Tricia! Happy Friday 🙂

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    Mindy
    July 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Great tips! Vinegar is s wonder and I love the fresh scent of lemon.

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      Robyn
      July 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

      I needed to be reminded of these natural methods, Mindy. I used to use them all the time, not sure when I veered off to the poisonous junk!

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    cheri
    July 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Great post Robyn, yes it is kind of crazy we care so much about our food but not so much about the other stuff. Last year I started cutting out the amount of plastic that I store our food in. I can clearly see now that I need to do much better. Hope you are having a great week!

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      Robyn
      July 22, 2016 at 7:55 am

      This is so much easier and cheaper, Cheri. I’m not sure why more people don’t use these methods but I’m definitely tossing out anything that’s not natural.
      A great week here, I hope yours is fun. The heat though…whew!

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    Linda
    July 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Great tips for natural cleaning. those harsh chemicals are so bad for all of us. I use lemon a lot. They also clean your copper very well. Vinegar and water works like a charm. Wonderful post with important tips. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Great idea! I try to use natural whenever I can, so love these tips and recipes 🙂
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    Marla
    July 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Great tips and cleaning ideas. I never use anything anymore but DIY cleaners – it is so much healthier and easy on the wallet as you said. I use peroxide a lot with some essential oils at times, but lemon,vinegar, baking soda and I make my own homemade all purpose cleaner with orange peels and white vinegar. You just save your orange peels or any citrus peelings and put in a jar with covering with white vinegar on a window sill for about 3-4 weeks. Presto you have a great cleaner without the strong vinegar smell plus the citrus benefits. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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      Robyn
      July 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Oh wow, Marla, never heard of that one before. Do you have a post on it? I’ll add it to my next Tuesday Tidbits!

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        Marla
        July 23, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        Hi Robyn,
        No I don’t currently. I actually learned how to do it off the internet and so many people were posting articles about it that at the time I didn’t want to be duplicated information so I decided to wait awhile. I usually make it in the winter because that is when we buy oranges (right now if you buy then they go bad too fast) and I made a lot this past winter and spring. I don’t have any pictures to use of my own and I would want to use my own so I have to wait until I make new which probably wouldn’t be until a lot closer to colder weather. I make many 2 quarts jars of it at a time to last me for months until the oranges come into season again. I would be happy to let you know when I do a post on it which will be when I able to make new. My husband claims is the best cleaner is ever used since he cleans out our shower. I use it a lot too and I give some to Mother & sister regularly to use too.
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          Robyn
          July 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

          That would be great. Thanks, Marla!

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    Anita Rivera
    July 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Good morning my friend! YES, it is a HADES type of hot! Today is our last day, supposedly of this infernal heat. And that Castile soap is fabulous!

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    Debbie Harris
    July 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Robyn~I really enjoyed your post on natural remedies and reading the comments were helpful too, loved what Marla shared.
    When my girls were young I made my own laundry soap and loved it,I think I changed because I had a hard time getting the hard soap that I would grind up with a hand meat grinder. Sometimes certain products are hard to find.
    I am in the process of making my own body lotion and I’ve tried a number of pharmacies to get the unibase our aqubase but to no avail. A pharmacist told me of something else that would compare without being oily so I will give it a try.
    I make my own deodorant as well and have for years and been quite pleased with it.
    Essential oils are my love and there is so much you can do with them.
    Enjoyed my visit, sweet friend.
    Have a wonderful weekend~~
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    Anita Rivera
    July 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Good morning dear friend! Your presence and comments on my blog mean a LOT to me. Thank you for coming by, and again as I said on a quick FB comment, I would not be doing any of this photography if it wasn’t for YOU.

    LOVE.

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    July 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    All great tips. I always have a big bottle of vinegar in my laundry that I use in the fabric softener cup on my washing machine when washing my white towels. It helps kill bacteria, keeps them super white, soft, and fluffy.
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      Robyn
      July 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Oh, I like that tip, Karen! Thanks!

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    Angie Rose
    August 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Such great tips! Vinegar can truly work wonders 🙂 I’m always looking for natural cleaning solutions, thank you so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! Hope to see you back this week!

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