Are you wanting to reduce toxins in your home? This 10 ingredient natural cleaning basket is just what you need to keep your house fresh and clean all year long!
By contributing writer, Victoria
I am in full Spring cleaning mode, how about you?
I don’t know what it is about the change in the weather, but when the temperature starts to rise, the sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom, all I want to do is throw open the windows, air out the house and get to work freshening up the inside through cleaning and purging of junk.
Spring cleaning fever sets in and I go to work deep cleaning my home from top to bottom.
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I used to buy a mix of pre-made cleaning supplies without really thinking about what was in them, but the more I have learned about the safety of using those cleaners, I have slowly started to incorporate more safe and natural options into the cleaning of my home.
Additionally, so many of those natural cleaners for sale in the store are expensive. Sure they may be convenient and worth the cost in some instances, but did you know that you can easily make your own cleaning supplies for a fraction of the cost?
For pennies, you can whip up a whole host of safe and natural DIY non-toxic cleaners using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry to begin with.
Everything from all purpose cleaners, scrubs, furniture polish and even air fresheners can be mixed and stored to clean your whole house, top to bottom, using only 10 simple ingredients.
Today I wanted to share with you what I use to make my 10 ingredient natural cleaning basket.
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10 Ingredients Needed for Your Natural Cleaning Basket
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- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lemon Juice
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Olive Oil
- Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
- Essential Oils (lavender or lemon are preferred but you can use your favorite)
- Kosher Salt
You will also need several plastic spray bottles to store you mixtures in.
I like to print the recipe with ingredients on a label to stick on the bottle so that way I can easily make a new batch of the mixture when I am running low.
Along with spray bottles, you will need your favorite cleaning tools too.
All Purpose Cleaner
I use this to clean counter tops both in my kitchen and bathroom. In fact I use this all-purpose cleaner several times of day for a number of different purposes!
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 TBSP baking soda
- 1/4 gallon hot water
- a few drops of essential oil (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a large bucket. Allow to cool before pouring into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before each use.
Sometimes you need the disinfecting power of bleach without all the harsh chemicals and smells. This recipe is perfect when you need to disinfect and kill germs on your counter tops or whiten your clothing in the wash.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 15 cups water
Mix together all the ingredients and store in a large jug, similar to an empty bleach bottle. You can also pour the solution into smaller bottles for convenience. Since the hydrogen peroxide will oxidize and eventually loose strength, it’s best to use this bleach solution within one month.
Homemade Window Cleaner
Safe to use on all glass and windows, this provides a streak-free clean. I like to use a microfiber cloth to prevent any lint left on the glass.
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups water
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before beach use.
Give your wood furniture a safe, chemical free shine and glow. Just use a little to avoid a greasy buildup.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 TBSP white vinegar
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well before each use. Store the spray bottle in the refrigerator to prevent the lemon juice from souring.
All-Purpose Abrasive Cleaner
When you really need to scrub the built on gunk off, this abrasive cleaner will do just the trick. Perfect for stove top cleaning as well as removing burnt on residue on your pots and pans.
Mix to form a foamy paste, scrub on and rinse off with water.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This recipe couldn’t be any easier, plus you might even interest your kids to help clean to see the fun fizz form in the toilet.
- 1/4 cup Borax or baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
Mix together the ingredients in the toilet and let sit for 15 minutes or longer. Scrub and flush.
This recipe really works to clean the mildew off of tile grout in the shower or around the sink.
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide
- 2 parts water
Mix together in a small spray bottle (16 ounces). Spray on the area and let sit. Rinse with water after one hour.
With three little ones, two of which are in diapers, sometimes the house can really start to stink! I’ve always said that it only takes one diaper to really stink up the house! Most air fresheners are filled with harsh chemicals that can cause many health problems when breathing in.
So what are you to do when you want your house smelling fresh? Make a safer version!
- 2 parts water
- 1 part rubbing alcohol
- Essential Oil of choice
Mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Experiment with how much oil to add, but you can start with 5 drops and increase from there. Just remember that a little goes a long way! Don’t spray this on silks or delicate fabrics.
Confession: I used to love the cleaning power of Comet. It really worked at cleaning the soap scum off the bottom of the bathtub and other areas. This scouring powder is just as effective, if not better at cleaning! Plus it doesn’t have that harsh, chemical smell. I don’t miss Comet anymore.
Combine all the ingredients in an airtight jar. Sprinkle the mixture on the area to be cleaned, wipe with a wet sponge and rinse clean with water.
As women our hair often is the main culprit as to why the drain is slowly draining. Before, I would reach for some Draino but now this simple, fizzy mixture does just the trick. Plus your kids will really enjoy watching the fizz!
- 1/2 cup baking soda or Borax
- 1 cup vinegar
Pour the baking soda or Borax down the drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let the mixture sit and fizz for 15 minutes then rinse with very hot or boiling water. If the drain is really clogged or backed up, you may need to repeat or leave the mixture fizzing in the drain overnight before rinsing clean with the hot water.
Our hard surface floors take a beating with all the daily traffic. Instead of using different cleaners for all those surfaces, mix up this one cleaning recipe to clean with. Safe for tile, linoleum, stone and other floor surfaces. If you are looking for a safe and natural DIY wood floor cleaner, this one works really well.
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 2 gallons hot water
In a large bucket, mix the Borax and water together. Apply to your floor using a mop or sponge.
That’s my 10 ingredient natural cleaning basket. Everything I need to keep my house fresh and clean for a fraction of the cost of store bought natural cleaners!
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