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Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

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Today, Kathleen is sharing her tips and recipes for toxin-free cleaning to help you keep your family safe, your home clean, and more money in your budget!

Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

Oh, cleaning. One of the most burdensome and tiring jobs in the world. And one of the nastiest as well. Having to come face to face with so many disgusting germs and grime is a sad reality we come to terms with each and every day. Nevertheless, we all enjoy the smell of a clean home. Unfortunately, it usually comes with the smell of toxic chemicals. The sad truth is that we use too many harmful substances to treat our living spaces.


It’s no secret that many household cleaners are loaded with chemical compounds which are anything but safe for our families and pets. Then why use them at all? Isn’t the price we have to pay too steep? Are we ready to sacrifice our health for the sake of a clean environment? If the answer to this question is “no”, we suggest you have a look at the natural cleaning alternatives we have provided down below because it is possible to keep your home clean with safe, natural cleaning alternatives.

Natural Cleaning Alternatives

White vinegar.

It’s no secret that vinegar has amazing cleaning powers. Our great grandmothers probably used it all the time to sanitize their homes before toxic store-bought cleaners came to light. It has antimicrobial properties, which make it a perfect pick for any cleaning and disinfecting job. Mixing it with other natural ingredients, you can create powerful house cleaners. And while vinegar is an inexpensive alternative to store-bought cleaners, you shouldn’t use it on iron, stone floor tiles, marble and granite countertops and hardwood floors. But it’s ideal for the rest of fixtures and fittings.

Lemon juice.

It can work its magic when it comes to killing bacteria and loosening dirt and grime. A bowl filled with water and lemon juice will leave your microwave sparkling in just 10 minutes.

Baking soda.

The white powder has been known for centuries for its deodorizing and cleaning properties. It is slightly abrasive, which makes it a strong yet gentle cleaner. It scours, softens water and cleans.

Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.

Whenever you need a natural disinfectant, use rubbing alcohol. It is safe to use and it works miracles.


Cornstarch can be used to absorb spills, polish furniture and clean windows. If you like implementing natural substances into your cosmetic products, you should know that cornstarch is a basic ingredient in homemade deodorants. So many uses, so little money.

Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

1. All-purpose cleaner.

Mix together 1 cup of water (distilled), ½ tablespoon of castile soap (liquid) and 10-15 drops of essential oils (of your choice). Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use around the home.

2. Mold remover.

Combine two parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide in a clean spray bottle. Apply to moldy areas. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Rinse well.

3. Bathroom cleaner.

Mix together 2 tablespoons of vinegar (white), ½ cup of water, ½ cup of liquid soap and 1 ½ cups baking soda in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Use on bathroom sinks, tiles, floor and bath tub.

4. Glass cleaner.

Mix about 4 cups of water (warm), 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ½ cup white vinegar into a bowl and give it a stir. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and clean your windows with a microfiber cloth.

5. Sink cleaner

(for stainless steel, copper and brass fixtures and sinks). Combine equal parts salt and lemon juice and stir until you form a paste. Cover your sink with the paste and let sit for a while. After that gently scrub and rinse.

Hope these tips help you to move away from using harsh chemicals to clean your home. Being environmentally-friendly is no longer a trend. It’s a reality that thousands of people have come to embrace. It deserves a try.

For more information on Natural Cleaning Alternatives:

Do you know what’s in your cleaning products?

Decrease toxins with 4 frugal cleaning ingredients.

Green Carpet Cleaning

How to Clean Porcelain Sinks without Bleach

This article was written by Kathleen Crane of City Cleaners Tooting, UK.

How do you keep your home clean and safe at the same time? Please leave your best tip below!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankmjskit says

    Thanks for these great ideas Michelle! We got rid of all of the nasty cleaners about 5 years ago and starting making our own cleaner with orange peel, vinegar and water. During citrus season I put all my orange peels in vinegar and let sit for a few weeks. Then I strain it and mix the vinegar with water for a great cleaner. I thought I got the idea from you but I can’t find the post. Anyway, some more great cleaner ideas.

  2. blankJoanna Watkins says

    Fantastic list with natural cleaners . I could add one more. Boiled water is perfect cleaner, too. I cleaned my son`s plastic toys. It is natural and non-toxic. Best regards!

  3. blankMorgan says

    Love this post! You are so right. So many cleaning products can be dangerous to use in your own habitat. Safe cleaning products are great alternatives to those that could potentially cause harm. This is an amazing resource! Thanks so much for sharing all of this!

  4. blankJulie @ Crown Cleaners Blog says

    I’m so happy I ditched toxic cleaners a while ago. I mostly use soapnuts, vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Great roundup of DIY cleaners! I love making my own cleaners and other household products using basic ingredients I can find in my pantry and some of my favorite essential oils. Thanks so much for including my bathroom ideas…pinning all the others too!

  5. blankA.Mitchel @ Cleaners Putney says

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve read in some blog that vinegar and baking soda should not mix. If so they will neutralise and not be so powerful as cleaning products. Is there any method to mix them but avoid this result.

  6. blankjohn says

    Wow great tips for cleaning.All the household solutions provided above are very effective.Their results surprised me.Thank you so much for sharing such precious post!

  7. blankBrian says

    I hate always using so many chemicals around my house but I never knew any alternatives that were safe. Thanks for putting this article together! I’ll have to give these a try.

  8. blankCleanbright says

    Thanks Kathleen ! really you give us Cleaning alternative easy recipes tips . I cherish awakening to a decent clean house on the grounds that everything has been done the prior night!

  9. blankHygo says

    Hi Michelle, Loved these natural cleaning alternatives. I never thought that white vinegar could actually be one of the alternatives. Thanks! I learned a lot from your article.

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