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All-Natural DIY Cleaning Products to Use for a Greener, Cleaner Home

By switching out toxic cleaners for more all-natural DIY alternatives, you won’t have to sacrifice a clean home for your health.

Most household cleaning products that are available in stores today are slammed full of toxic active ingredients. While these cleaners may leave your house feeling squeaky clean, is it really worth the risks? The dangers seem even less appealing once you see just how cheap, easy and effective natural DIY cleaning products can be.

Disinfectant

Whether disinfecting a countertop or a toilet seat, a good disinfectant plays a pivotal role in your cleaning arsenal. Vinegar is not only great for cooking, but white vinegar, in particular, is great for cleaning too. Simply mix a 50/50 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. It’s important to note that you should not use this mixture on marble.

Glass Cleaner

The problem with natural window cleaners is that they first have to combat any residue left on the surface from commercial cleaners. Adding just 1/2 tsp of dish detergent to the following recipe helps cut through this. In a spray bottle, combine 1/4 cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of water and use as normal. If the smell of vinegar is bothersome, you can cut down on it by adding just a few drops of citrus essential oils.

homeWood Polish and Cleaner

Polish is important both for helping your wood look its best as well as protecting the surface of the wood. Make your own homemade wood polish by combining 1 cup of cold-pressed olive oil with ½ cup of fresh lemon juice. Use a clean lint-free cloth to carefully apply the polish. A little polish goes a long ways. To clean wood, take a clean cloth and lightly moisten using a spray bottle with a mixture of 1 cup water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Use the damp cloth to wipe down the wood without saturating the surface.

Laundry

Your laundry routine should also be addressed when switching to a more natural cleaning lifestyle. A nurse enrolled in online RN to BSN nursing programs says some commercial laundry detergents contain perfumes which can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. For a more natural alternative, combine 1 bar of shaved Castile soap with 1 cup of washing soda and 1 cup of borax. Place the mixture in a blender and run until combined into a fine powder. Place in an air-tight container to keep fresh between loads.

By switching out toxic cleaners for more all-natural DIY alternatives, you won’t have to sacrifice a clean home for your health.

Images via 1 &                                      Emma Sturgis, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.

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