You want your home safe and clean, but that doesn’t mean you have to coat your home with chemicals or toxins. Many cleaning products are filled with ingredients that, despite tackling grease and dirt, actually increase the health risks in your home. Why add that extra layer of fear and concern about your family’s health and safety?
Thanks to recent events, more people now realize that we need to be attuned with nature, while also prioritizing cleanliness. What better way to explore that unique relationship with Mother Earth than by using homemade, all-natural DIY cleaning products?
CREATE THESE SAFE, NATURAL HOME CLEANERS:
Sanitize High-Contact Surfaces
Wipe down your groceries, door knobs, light switches, handles, faucets and other frequently touched surfaces with an organic DIY disinfectant spray that you can make with:
- 1 and ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- ¼ organic grain alcohol (like vodka)
- 15 drops of essential oils
Keep your family safe with this recipe for a clean, chemical-free cleaner.
Keep Bugs Out With Essential Oils
In addition to keeping bacteria, fungi and viruses out of your home, certain antimicrobial products can also repel bugs. From ants to spiders to roaches, keep the pests at bay with essential oils. The following scents will help keep bugs away:
- Citronella for mosquitos.
- Geranium for flies.
- Lemongrass for ticks and fleas.
- Peppermint for spiders and ants.
- Four thieves for mosquitos and microbes, such as viruses and bacteria.
Mix two and a half teaspoons of the essential oil of your choice with one cup of grain alcohol (like an organic vodka) and mist throughout the house. Although essential oils might take longer to work than traditional bug killers, you won’t have to worry about exposing yourself and your loved ones to harmful toxins and chemicals.
Homemade Glass Cleaner
- 1 cup witch hazel
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
This all-natural can also be used to clean and eliminate germs on hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces— especially helpful at times when illness lurks around, like cold and flu season.
AN Air Freshener WITH AN Immune Boost
Orange is a common source of vitamin C— and also a common source of many household recipes. Known as a potent immune system boost, vitamin C is an easy way to help safeguard yourself and your family from illness. After you make a nice big glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, be sure to check out this citrus potpourri recipe that makes great use of the orange peels.
- Dried orange peels
- Cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and dried flowers
Combine them in a jar and shake. When you aren’t in need of a citrus boost, place the lid on the jar. That way your potpourri will stay fresher longer.
Soap Nuts: Nature’s Antimicrobial Soap
Toss out those harsh, toxic soaps and cleaners and grab a handful of soap nuts. An eco-friendly natural soap, the cleaning properties come from a substance called saponin, which foams when the nut comes in contact with water. They are anti-fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial.
While this isn’t a recipe and therefore has no specific ingredients, take care with soap nuts. They aren’t specifically toxic, but they can give you an uncomfortable stomach ache if ingested. Place them in a soft, decorative bag to store with your cleaning supplies. You can drop in a sprig or two of lavender for an extra burst of freshness every time you use them.
Making your own all-natural homemade cleaners is a great way to make your home clean and safe, while also keeping busy and staying creative. Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable, where you can trust that you are safe and secure. Try out a few of these DIY cleaning product recipes and see for yourself just how easy— and fun— it can be.