Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of your store-bought cleaning products? The majority of household cleaning products are jam-packed full of toxic chemicals which are linked to a number of serious health problems.
Take formaldehyde, for example. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, meaning that the government is aware that formaldehyde causes cancer in humans. Despite this, formaldehyde is often used in cleaning products, and in a test done by the EWG, formaldehyde was found in Comet, Pine-Sol and Simple Green cleaning products.
According to the EWG, some of the health problems associated with the toxic chemicals found in cleaning products include:
- Respiratory issues
- Birth defects
- Chemical burns
- Skin irritation
- Reproductive issues
- Hormonal issues
- Brain and nervous system toxicity
Given the serious health problems associated with many of the chemicals found in household cleaners, many people are starting to turn to more natural solutions, including making their own cleaning products.
Homemade cleaning products contain none of the toxic chemicals found in the majority store-bought cleaning products, they’re better for the environment and added bonus – they’re substantially cheaper, too.
When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started doing a lot more research into the products I was using, and as such, I made the switch to 100% natural cleaning products. I do not use chemical-filled cleaning products and we’re all healthier because of it.
Below, you’ll find 10 amazing homemade cleaning recipes that you can use to replace virtually all of your toxic cleaning products.
10 Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes To Make Your House Sparkle
1. Homemade Floor Cleaning Solution with Reusable Swiffer Pads
If you’re a fan of the Swiffer (I love mine) then you’ll love this homemade floor cleaning solution along with a tutorial for making your own Swiffer pads. Not only does this solution work great and removing dirt and grime from the floor, it smells fresh and clean, has no nasty ingredients and will save you a ton of money (those Swiffer pads are expensive!) Find the recipe and tutorial here.
2. Homemade Drain Cleaner
There’s nothing worse that a stinky, clogged drain. But the ingredients in regular drain cleaners are downright scary. Fortunately, you’re able to clean your clogged drain with just a couple of ingredients you probably already have at home. Click here to find out how.
3. Citrus & Lavender Toilet Fizzies
These citrus and lavender toilet fizzies are like bath bombs for your toilet! I mean, who doesn’t love a good Lush bath bomb, right? Why should your toilet miss out on all the fun? 😉 Seriously though, these toilet fizzies do an amazing job of getting your toilet sparkling clean. Read the recipe here.
4. Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets
I don’t actually use dryer sheets. I like to line dry my clothes on one of these, and when I do use the dryer, I just don’t use dryer sheets… However, I know many people love their dryer sheets so I thought I’d include a natural alternative to dryer sheets on the list. Click here to read the tutorial.
5. No Streak Glass Cleaner
This DIY no-streak glass cleaner costs just pennies to make, and has none of the toxic chemicals found in regular glass cleaners. I use this to clean all the glass and mirrors in my house, and it works a charm. Here’s the recipe.
6. Natural Stove Cleaner
The best way to avoid getting a build-up of baked on grime on your stovetop is to wipe it down before it dries. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and before you know it your stovetop is looking pretty, well… gross. Here are 3 natural stove cleaner recipes that will help you get rid of that baked on grime once and for all.
7. Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning wipes are handy to have around the home (I use them everyday with a 2-year-old!) I love this recipe for homemade natural antibacterial cleaning wipes that work just as well as Clorox wipes without any of the harsh chemicals.
8. Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner
Cleaning the oven can be backbreaking work, and the ingredients in store-bought oven cleaners are incredibly toxic. Considering that you’re going to cook your food in that same oven that you just doused with toxic chemicals, it’s probably a good idea to use a non-toxic oven cleaner like this one.
9. DIY Disinfecting Spray
It’s always a good idea to have a disinfecting cleaning spray on hand, especially during cold and flu season. This homemade disinfecting cleaning spray is just like Lysol except better.
10. Homemade Abrasive Cleaner
This homemade abrasive cleaner is made from eggshells and a few other natural ingredients, and can be used in a variety of different ways including as a toilet bowl cleaner, to remove baked on grime, and anywhere you would need an abrasive cleaning product. Find out how to make it here.