At this time of year, we start looking to cleanse everything: our bodies (juice detox, anyone?), our spirits (time for a yoga retreat!) and our homes too (oh wait…I have to clean). As with any cleanse, you want to do it gently and naturally, without any harsh products or practices that are hard on the body and the environment. What’s great about these green-cleaning recipes is that most of the ingredients you already have in your home, so it’s just a quick mix and go!
Follow along with Kate Murphy, natural living expert who knows the importance of caring for your body from the inside out, as she shares with us 6 all natural household DYI cleaners to tackle every nook-and-cranny in your home.
A few quick tricks to get you started:
- Grab a few spray bottles from your local shop (or recycle used ones)
- Use a funnel to combine ingredients in spray bottles easier
- To make all the recipes below, make sure you have these ingredients on hand:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castille Soap
- Natural Dishwashing Soap
- Baking Soda
- Pick up a couple essential oils (make sure they’re 100% pure) to help make your products smell like spring is in the air and make your cleaning session double as an aromatherapy treatment. Some of my favorites are:
- Tea Tree
- Clary Sage
All-Purpose Natural Cleaner
This is the one where you can use almost anywhere – the kitchen counter, tabletops, bathroom fixtures and other hard surfaces. It is also a great cleaner to use when you get around to wiping down the deck furniture that’s been sitting in the shed. This cleaner disinfects – naturally – through the addition of vinegar, while the castile soap helps lift dirt and grime.
Sparkling Natural Bathroom Cleaner
Ok there is nothing glamorous about this one, but it’s non-toxic and it works. Use this mixture all over the bathroom sink and tub. The vinegar and lemon work together to disinfect while the baking soda deodorizes odors and scours stains.
Scrub-a-dub-dub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Somebody’s gotta do it…..but by avoiding harsh chemicals, it doesn’t have to be all that bad! Turn on your favorite tunes while you make that porcelain shine.
Note: If you’re working on a difficult toilet bowl, throw some baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes, then add 1 cup of vinegar. From there scrub with a brush!
Hit-the-Deck Natural Floor Cleaner
Somehow floors are almost always last on my list (yes, even after the toilets), but it is so necessary to give them a good clean. With this easy mixture, you can grab your mop and be done in no time.
Note: If you want a bigger batch (or a smaller one) just keep the proportion of water to vinegar equal.
Just-Like-New Furniture Polish & Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you want your furniture to last year after year, you’ve gotta take care of it! Dip a dampened rag or t-shirt into this concoction, wipe on furniture or stainless steel surface, and buff off with a dry towel (preferably an old one).
Clear-As-Day Glass Cleaner
Whether it’s in your car, your kitchen, or your bathroom, you want to be able to see the view clearly! Make those windows and mirrors sparkle in no time with this super easy homemade cleaner.
Note: Use essential oil of choice for your favorite scent!
So there you have it! Once you’re done cleaning, you can pat yourself on the back as you enjoy your new “naturally” neat home.
Kate Murphy of the Living Pretty Naturally blog is a firm believer that natural beauty radiates when we pay attention to what we nourish our bodies with, how we move it and how often we let it sleep. For this reason, Kate writes about both the internal and external components of beauty. This Taurus and Yoga enthusiast lives in Norway (by way of Canada!) and is a self-proclaimed natural beauty product junkie!