Research has proven time and time again that natural cleaners are a far healthier alternative to commercial cleaners that line the shelves of most grocery stores. The long list of toxic ingredients is enough reason to try an alternative, not to mention all the ingredients that most manufacturers don’t even bother adding to the label.
A few essentials
Before you begin making your own homemade cleaners here’s a list of items that you will need. Most of them are easily accessible and very affordable.
- Spray bottles – to store the cleaners you will be making
- Porous cloth
- Mason jars (or other glass jars)
- Labels for containers
- Oranges & Cloves
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Your favorite essential oils to; rid of ants, use in general purpose cleaning sprays and air fresheners
Option 1: Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to some baking soda in a glass jar is a wonderful natural air freshener. Simply cover the jar with a porous cloth like cheesecloth and poke holes in it to regulate the amount of fragrance being released.
Option 2: Orange balls are another creative all-natural air freshener that is a super fun activity if there are children in the house. The balls are made by poking holes into the oranges with cloves and kids can get their waggle on by creating designs with cloves. The combination of orange and cloves work wonders as fragrance around the home, and the balls and will display well in your fruit bowl. Take note if you have fruit knats in the warmer months then this option might not work.
Tip: An easy way to get rid of those pesky fruit flies simply put out a small jar of Apple Cider Vinegar along with a couple drops of dish soap, place the container on the counter and the apple cider vinegar will attract the flies and the soap will drown them.
You don’t need expensive chemicals from the grocery store to clean your windows. A simple mixture of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water is a great window cleaner. Combine the two ingredients in a spray bottle and use a soft cloth to wipe the windows until dry.
All-purpose cleaners are good to have in your arsenal of cleaning supplies they are easy to make, like everything else on this list.
Option 1: Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda into 1 quart of warm water. This mixture is good for wiping or scrubbing general surfaces. No rinsing required.
Option 2: Combine ¼ cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of borax and 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Simply spray the surface and wipe with a soft cloth to clean.
There are tons of options for natural pest repellents, with most of these varying depending on the pest in question.
Generally, wiping down surfaces with vinegar is a good way to avoid many pests while food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) works wonders on fleas, ants, roaches and other creepy crawlers. Treat by sprinkling the powder on the affected areas but if you have them crawling on your counter-tops you can use essential oils to deter them.
Treating ants can take some time, but don’t give up. Determined to get rid of these pesky annoying ants I finally got rid of them with using natural essential oils. Ants don’t like the smell of many essential oils I used them to help me get rid of my kitchen ants, typically called “sugar ants”.
Simply add 10 drops of each peppermint oil and tea tree oil to a spray bottle of water and spray the areas where you see them most like; your pantry, countertops and they also hid in the cracks and crevices around your kitchen. This natural remedy takes time but they will eventually flea. Make sure you continually wipe your countertops, refrigerator handles, keep your floor free of crumbs, thankfully my dog Kacie loves to lap up any crumbs after I cook to help me with this task. Also, keep food especially protein and sugar foods in an airtight container. You will win the battle, just keep at it as part of your daily routine!
A very good natural furniture polish can be made from two simple ingredients – 3 parts Jojoba oil or olive oil combined with 1 part white distilled vinegar. You can experiment with this mixture until you find a consistency that suits you. More vinegar gives a sharper scent and works for cleaning while more oil makes for a shinier surface. To clean the surface use a soft recycled cloth like flannel.
In addition to the health benefits associated with using homemade natural cleaners, it is worth mentioning that these options always cost a fraction of the store bought toxic version. Giving you yet another reason to give it a waggle and go all natural with your cleaning regimen. Don’t forget to let us know how we are doing and be sure to leave your comments below.
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