Happy October, everyone! We’re not sure about you, but we’ve got cleaning on the brain now that it looks like fall! Thinking of ways to be more conscious of the products you’re using in your home? Check out some nontoxic cleaning recipes below.
After doing a deep dive on nontoxic cleaning solutions, we learned that making your own solutions help in several ways. Nontoxic and plant based solutions lack harsh chemicals and fumes that can be overwhelming and leave you light headed. Making your own cleaning solutions can help reduce waste as well as save you money in the long run. You just need a few ingredients and supplies to start:
- Spray Bottle
- Quart Sized Jar
- Cleaning Cloths
- Regular and Scrubbing Sponges
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Distilled Water
- Castile Soap
- Essential Oil
Pro Tips: You can find affordable spray bottles, cleaning cloths and sponges at Dollar Tree or Ikea! Scrubbing sponges work the best on tough cleaning needs, but Trader Joe’s also has some great pop up sponges made from natural vegetable cellulose. They are compostable and at a great price point – perfect for wiping down counters or small spills with a multi-purpose cleaner.
Here are a few simple recipes you can use to replace your store bought cleaners:
A simple 50/50 solution of distilled water and distilled white vinegar. Use this multi-purpose cleaner anywhere except marble or granite.
*You can add a few drops of essential oil to your cleaner – here is a list of essential oils suitable for cleaning with some more nontoxic cleaning recipes!
Form a paste, using 1 cup of baking soda, a bit of castile soap and a few drops of essential oil. Spray some hydrogen peroxide on your tub then use the bathtub scrub to clean.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your toilet. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar and scrub the toilet as the mixture fizzes.
Pour some vinegar in to microwavable cup and mix with lemon juice (1 or 1/2 a lemon’s worth). Microwave for 2 minutes and allow to sit for 5. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a warm, damp cloth or sponge.
You’ll start by prepping 20 small, thin clothes – try cutting 10 of these Ikea cloths in 1/2. Next, in a quart sized jar combine 1 1/2 cup of distilled water, 1 tbsp of castile soap and a few (15-20) drops of essential oil, then sir to mix. Add the cloths you’ve prepared – be sure to press them down so they absorb the cleaner mixture. Put the lid on the jar and turn over to ensure the clothes are moistened. Use these in place of your Clorox or Lysol wipes!
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