All Natural, Non-Toxic DIY Household Cleaners to Use Everywhere in Your Home

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Many of you know I like a clean house. I have also been working hard doing research on eliminating toxic chemicals in my home. I have made some DIY household cleaners and DIY natural cleaning products that I would like to share with you. I have used simple ingredients to make household cleaners to replace store-bought cleaners that often contain harsh chemicals. I hope this inspires you to make your own homemade cleaners and come up with unique cleaning solutions using natural ingredients. Enjoy the following recipes!

You might also be interested in my toilet bowl cleaner hacks, vacuum hacks, or stain remover hacks, 2 ingredient cleaner for carpets, and oven cleaner

Put 3 Tablespoons Castile Soap and 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake well.

DIY Household Cleaners

Multi Purpose Cleaner –

Put 3 Tablespoons of Castile Soap and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well.

*Castile soap is a natural, non-toxic, multi-purpose vegetable-based soap. It’s biodegradable, you can get it scented or unscented, and categorized as a disinfectant that will kill 99% of germs. You could alternatively use liquid dish soap.

This is safe for marble, granite, will remove grease and grime, and has a pleasant scent.

You can use this to clean your kitchen, bathrooms, and just about anywhere in your home. As an added bonus - this cleaner is safe for granite counters!

You can use this to clean your kitchen, bathrooms, and just about anywhere in your home. The good news is this cleaner is safe for granite counters and natural stone or any hard surfaces!

Mix 1/2 cup washing soda, 1/2 cup borax, and 1/4 cup salt together.

Dishwasher Detergent –

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda or washing soda, 1/2 cup borax, and 1/4 cup salt together.

Use 1 Tablespoon in your dishwasher. You'll save a ton of money by making this recipe.

Use 1 tablespoon in your dishwasher. By using these basic ingredients you’ll save a ton of money.

*Need a rinse agent too? – just use straight vinegar in that dispenser.

You'll make a ratio of 1:10 of vinegar and water. (1 being the vinegar)

Tile & Grout Cleaner –

You’ll make a ratio of 1:10 of vinegar and water. (1 being the vinegar)

Squirt this on your tile in your kitchen back splash, your showers, tubs, etc and wipe up with a scrub pad or clean cloth.

Squirt this on the tile in your kitchen backsplash, your showers, tubs, etc, and wipe up with a scrub pad or clean cloth.

*Have tile floors? Mix the same ratio of 1:10 in a bucket of water. Use a deck brush to clean your floors with this mixture. After, use a clean mop with a warm water rinse to mop it up.

Mix 1 Tablespoon Castile soap and 1 cup water together. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and place in a container of your choice. Pour the water soap mixture over the paper towels. After a couple minutes, pull out the paper towel tube in the middle. It'll come right out. Pull the paper towels out of the middle.

Cleaning & Hand Wipes –

Mix 1 Tablespoon of Castile soap and 1 cup of water together. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and place it in a container of your choice. Pour the soap and water mixture over the paper towels. After a couple of minutes, pull out the paper towel tube in the middle, It’ll come right out. Pull the paper towels out of the middle for ease of use.

*You can use reusable clothes instead. Place your clothes inside, pour the mixture over, use the cloth and then launder it. You can place the clean clothes back into the container.

Wipe off any surface to clean it. It's safe to use on granite, and you can also use this as hand wipes.

Wipe off any surface to clean it. It’s safe to use on granite, and you can also use this as hand wipe.

Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 Tablespoons vinegar together.

Wood Cleaner Furniture Polish –

Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 Tablespoons vinegar together in a small bowl.

Use this to clean and moisturize your wood surfaces with a microfiber cloth

Use this to clean and moisturize your wood furniture with a microfiber cloth or soft cloth.

Mix together 1/3 cup Castile soap, 2/3 cup baking soda, and 1 Tablespoon water.

Soft Scrub –

Mix together 1/3 cup Castile soap, 2/3 cup baking soda, and 1 Tablespoon water.

Scoop some in your sinks, bathtubs, shower basins, etc. Scrub with a scrub pad and then rinse.

Scoop some in your sinks, bathtubs, shower basins, etc. Scrub with a scrub pad and then rinse with tap water.

Mix 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon baking soda, and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (or feel free to leave it unscented as the baking soda is an odor eliminator) in a spray bottle.

Air Freshener/Room Spray –

Mix 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. You can also leave it unscented as the baking soda is a natural deodorizer.

Spray in a room you wish to deodorize.

Spray in a room you wish to deodorize.

DIY Household Cleaners

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DIY Household Cleaners Q & A

Is Dawn and vinegar a good cleaner?

Yes, a mixture of Dawn dish soap and vinegar can be an effective cleaner for certain purposes. Both Dawn dish soap and vinegar have cleaning properties and can be used in various cleaning tasks around the house.

When combined, Dawn dish soap and vinegar can create a powerful cleaning solution that can help remove dirt, grease, and grime. The soap helps to break down and lift away the dirt, while vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant and helps to cut through grease.

Here’s a simple recipe for a Dawn and vinegar cleaner:
Ingredients:
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap

Instructions:
Mix the white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Add the Dawn dish soap to the mixture and gently swirl to combine.
Spray the mixture onto the surface you want to clean.
Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes to help loosen any dirt or grime.
Use a sponge, cloth, or scrub brush to scrub the surface.
Rinse the area with clean water and wipe it dry.

This mixture can be effective for cleaning various surfaces such as countertops, stovetops, bathroom fixtures, and more. However, it’s important to note that vinegar is acidic and should not be used on certain surfaces like marble or natural stone, as it can cause etching or damage. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area before using it on a larger surface to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions.

What not to clean with vinegar?

While vinegar is a versatile and effective cleaner for many surfaces, there are some materials and items that should not be cleaned with vinegar. Here are a few examples:
Natural stone surfaces: Vinegar can etch and dull the surface of natural stones like marble, granite, limestone, and travertine. It’s best to use a cleaner specifically designed for these types of surfaces.

Egg spills or stains: Vinegar can actually cause egg stains to coagulate and become more difficult to clean. Instead, it’s better to clean up egg spills with a mild detergent or soap and water.

Hardwood floors: Vinegar’s acidity can damage the finish and potentially strip the protective coating on hardwood floors. It’s safer to use cleaners recommended specifically for hardwood floors.

Irons and steamers: Vinegar can corrode the internal components of irons and steamers, so it’s best to avoid using it in these appliances. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning methods.

Electronics and screens: Vinegar is not suitable for cleaning electronic devices, including computer screens, TVs, smartphones, and tablets. It can damage the delicate coatings and screens. Use specialized screen cleaners or microfiber cloths instead.

Some kitchen appliances: Avoid using vinegar to clean appliances with rubber seals or gaskets, such as coffee makers and dishwashers. The acidity can deteriorate the rubber components over time. Refer to the appliance’s manual for recommended cleaning methods.

Cast iron cookware: Cleaning cast iron with vinegar can strip away the seasoning and damage the pan. Instead, use a mild dish soap and water, or follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning cast iron.

It’s always a good idea to read the care instructions for specific items or surfaces before using vinegar or any cleaning product to ensure you’re using the appropriate method for cleaning and protecting them.

Can you mix baking soda and vinegar to clean?


Yes, baking soda and vinegar can be mixed together to create a cleaning solution. When combined, they can create a foaming reaction that can help remove dirt, grime, and certain stains. Here’s how you can use them together:

Surface cleaning: Sprinkle baking soda on the surface you want to clean, such as a sink, bathtub, or stove. Then, spray or pour vinegar over the baking soda. The mixture will begin to foam and fizz. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to let the reaction work and loosen dirt and grime. Then, scrub the surface with a sponge or brush and rinse with water.

Drain cleaning: Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam and fizz, which can help remove buildup and odor. Let it sit for a few minutes, then flush the drain with hot water.

Stain removal: For certain types of stains, you can create a paste by mixing baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for a while. Then, scrub the area gently with a brush or cloth and rinse thoroughly.

It’s important to note that while baking soda and vinegar can be effective for certain cleaning tasks, they may not be suitable for all surfaces. For example, the foaming reaction can be too abrasive for delicate materials or finishes. Always test a small, inconspicuous area first and follow any specific instructions or warnings provided by the manufacturer of the surface you are cleaning.

Many of you know I like a clean house. I have also been working hard doing the research on eliminating chemicals in my home. I have some DIY household cleaners that I am using to share with you.

Learn more about β€œWhy to Deep Clean and Organize Your Home” to save money, function better, and keep your sanity.

I hope you find these cleaning recipes easy to follow and that it will motivate you to use natural cleaners in your home for your daily cleaning chores.

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26 Comments

  1. I was on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop when I found you and I’m glad I did! These are all so great and I have all the ingredients, too, so yay! I’ve been using vinegar and baking soda for everything (other than wood, of course). I’m going to add some of these into my cleaning routine. Thank you!

    1. Hi Chelsea, and I’m so glad that some of these will work for you. I use a lot of baking soda and vinegar as well πŸ™‚ Thank you so muc for stopping by.

    1. Hi, I was so interested in the cleaning to keep virus from spreading. I wanted to print those ideas out to keep them next to me. It’s hard to remember them. Is there anyway I can print them all out without using all my paper?

      1. Hi Marie, I’m thrilled you are interested in saving these tips. You have a few options, you can “bookmark” it on your computer so you can come back and reference it. You can highlight everything and then copy and paste it onto a word doc to save or print. You can always google search it on my sight as well. I think I need to create a book with some of these important cleaning tips.

  2. Oh, thanks for sharing all of these recipes! I am slowly trying to switch to green cleaners, and I’m definitely going to be trying a couple of these out. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Amy, and I’m excited you want to try some of them out.

  3. wow, so much amazing info in one post! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday! With Passover in just over 3 weeks, our major spring cleaning is about to move into full gear, actually looking forward to it as everything is a bit grimy at this point!

    1. Thank you Sara, I love that you like a clean house too πŸ™‚

  4. These are great! I think I may pick up some castile soap next time I am in a store that has it chezmireillefashiontravlemom.com

    1. Thank you Mireille, I’m thrilled you want to give some of them a try πŸ™‚

  5. This is very valuable info right now! Pinning.
    Have a safe and fun week,
    Kippi

    1. You’re so sweet, thank you Kippi I appreciate it. Same to you – hope you’re all safe and having a lovely week πŸ™‚

  6. I have four dogs so I am definitely going to try the air freshener recipe. Thanks for much for sharing some great homemade products with us at #HomeMattersParty.

    1. Thanks Donna for sharing what might be helpful for you and your home. Love learning what speaks to everyone πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve been looking for a great post on homemade (and non-toxic) cleaners to link to in a blog post that I wrote! This is perfect, I’m so happy I came across this Artsy Fartsy Momma link party!

    1. Thank you so much Julie, and I’m flattered you’d like to use it in your post. Thank you!

  8. I have been using Castile in the shower for years but never thought about using in the house. Thanks for sharing at #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party

    1. Thank you so much Antionette, I’m thrilled you’re using it too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sarah, and I’m excited you’re going to try some.

    1. Thank you so much, and I’m thrilled you think so too.

  9. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn Please everyone stay safe and healthy. Hugz.

    1. Thank you Marilyn, hope you are all safe and having a lovely week

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