Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners


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These Natural Cleaning Alternatives Tips and Recipes for toxin-free cleaning will help you keep your family safe, your home clean, and more money in your budget without exposing your family to toxic cleaners.

Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners

Cleaning can be one of the most burdensome and tiring jobs in the world. As well as one of the nastiest too. Having to come face to face with so many disgusting germs and grime is a sad reality we face daily. Nevertheless, we all enjoy the smell of a clean home. Unfortunately, the smell of clean tends to come from toxic chemicals. Sadly, we use too many harmful substances to clean 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 a clean environment? If the answer to this question is “no,” we suggest you look at the natural cleaning alternatives we have provided 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. Its antimicrobial properties 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 tiles, marble and granite countertops, and hardwood floors. But it’s ideal for the rest of the fixtures and fittings.

Lemon juice

It can work its magic when killing bacteria and loosening dirt and grime. A bowl of 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 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 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 it around the home.

2. Mold remover.

Combine two parts of water with one part of 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 two tablespoons of vinegar (white), ½ cup of water, ½ cup of liquid soap, and 1 ½ cups of baking soda in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Use on bathroom sinks, tiles, floor, and bathtub.

4. Glass cleaner.

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

5. Sink cleaner

For stainless steel, copper, and brass fixtures and sinks, combine salt and lemon juice equally and stir until you form a paste. Cover your sink with the paste and let it sit for a while. After that, gently scrub and rinse.

I hope these tips help you avoid 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 the health and financial savings they offer.

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

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. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. 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. 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. Some great tips! I love waking up to a nice clean house because everything has been done the night before! xx

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.