If you are the type of person who is careful with what you put in your body, then you would probably like to avoid using harsh chemicals around the house too. Here are some great recipes for DIY natural cleaners to try out at home. Some countertops and wood surfaces are delicate, so it’s a good idea to test it out any new cleaner in a hidden area first to be safe. Using natural cleaners is a great way to create a healthier environment in your home and can also save you quite a bit of money, so it’s a win-win! xJacq
Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.
Countertops and bathroom tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scrub, and wipe away.
Floors: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. You can add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly, leaving behind only the scent of the essential oil.
Wood furniture: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth, and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.
Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 cups hot water, and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.
Mold and mildew: Wipe with straight vinegar.
Air freshener: Place a few cotton balls sprinkled with your favorite essential oil in a jar or cup and stash it in a corner of the room. If you have kids or pets that like to get into things, it’s best to keep it out of their reach. Also check out my post on DIY Natural Room Sprays to find out which essentials have the best aromatherapy benefits for different rooms around the house.