Organic Home Cleaning

2 Dec 2014
Did you know that you can make your own household cleaners with items from your pantry? Here are some safe, non-toxic recipes and techniques for organic home cleaning!

Some of the ingredients you will need for creating your DIY cleaners are Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Borax, Essential oils like eucalyptus oil, lemon grass oil, tea tree oil or lavender oil, fresh herbs, citrus, citrus peels, olive oil, water etc.

  • All-Purpose Cleaner:  Use a funnel, put ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon dish soap, and 1 tablespoon vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir/shake. Let it sit for a minute, now fill the bottle with warm water and shake it up. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, then add a few drops of essential oil if desired.
  • Garbage Disposal Freshener:  Take the pulp from a lemon, (preferably one you've squeezed to use for something else) and toss it in the garbage disposal, along with a few thin strips of the peel. Turn on the water and the disposal. 

  • Sink or Stovetop Cleaner:  Put a 1/4 cup baking soda in a bowl. Mix in enough warm water so that you get a nice moist paste. Put the paste on a sponge or brush and scrub away. Make it as you need it.

  • Bathtub and Tile Cleaner:  In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.

  • Scouring Powder: Combine ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup borax and ½ cup kosher salt in a jar. Sprinkle on the area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner:  Mix ½ cup borax or baking powder and 2 cups vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush. 

  • Glass Cleaner: Combine ½ cup vinegar and 8 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

  • Drain Cleaner: Pour ½ cup baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. May need to repeat or leave baking soda and vinegar overnight for better effect.

  • Floor Sanitizer:  In a bucket, mix 1/4 cup borax with 1 gallon hot water. Apply with a mop or sponge. Rinsing is not necessary.

  • Soap Scum Remover: Sprinkle on baking soda, scrub with a cloth or sponge and rinse. Vinegar or Kosher salt also works.

  • Calcium or Lime Remover: For calcium or lime deposits on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.

For more on organic living check out "Creating a Home Herb Garden"