How To Make A Natural and Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

 

The more I use my homemade cleaners, the more I like them.    They’re cheap, they’re safe, natural and non-toxic, and most importantly, they work!  They can get the house just as clean and fresh as any store bought cleaner without the unknown chemicals and annoying fumes.

Because I’m enjoying my homemade cleaners so much, I decided to create a group of recipes that together make a great homemade natural and non-toxic cleaning kit to cover many of the cleaning jobs in your home.  If you’ve been thinking about giving homemade cleaners a try, this is a great way to get started.

This cleaning kit contains an all purpose spray, a soft scrub, a glass cleaner, a bucket mix for bigger cleaning jobs, and of course my very favorite homemade cleaner, my furniture dusting spray.

Let the spring cleaning begin!

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#1 ALL PURPOSE DISINFECTING SPRAY

This spray is a good all purpose spray for many hard surfaces.  The addition of tea tree oil to the recipe also gives it a boost of disinfecting power.

You Will Need:

  • 1-3/4 cups water

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid (or castile soap)

  • 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil (about 10 drops)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.  To use, spray onto surfaces and wipe with a cloth.

 

#2 HOMEMADE SQUIRTABLE SOFT SCRUB

This homemade soft scrub recipe has a thinner consistency than my basic homemade soft scrub which makes it easier to put in a bottle and squirt onto the surfaces you want to clean.  I like to put this mixture in a recycled dish soap bottle.

You Will Need:

  • 1/3 cup baking soda

  • 3 Tablespoons dishwashing liquid (or castile soap)

  • 3 Tablespoons club soda (or water)

Place the baking soda in a small bowl.  Add in the dishwashing liquid and stir to combine.  Finally, stir in the club soda or water to thin the mixture.  Pour the mixture into a bottle with a squirt top opening.  To use, squirt onto the surface and scrub with a wet sponge and then rinse with water.

 

 

#3 HOMEMADE GLASS CLEANER

Most of the time I just use my basic club soda glass cleaner which does a wonderful job, but I also like this homemade glass cleaner.  This is a larger version of my homemade eyeglass cleaner that did such a great job on my eyeglasses that I made a bigger batch for household cleaning.

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

  • 1/2 cup water

  • A very small squirt of dishwashing liquid (or castile soap)

Combine the rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle.  Add just a little bit of dishwashing liquid to the mixture and then shake gently to combine.  To use, spray on glass, windows, or mirrors and wipe with a soft cloth.

 

 

#4 HOMEMADE FURNITURE DUSTING SPRAY

This mixture has become a favorite of mine and does a super job on tables, dressers, cabinets, bedroom furniture, and other hard furniture surfaces.  The essential oil is an optional ingredient, but it adds a nice fragrance to the mixture

You Will Need:

  • 1-3/4 cups water

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon essential oil for fragrance (I like lemon or lavender)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to combine.  To use, spray on surfaces and wipe with a soft cloth.  I shake this mixture often while using it to keep the water and oil mixed.

 

 

#5 BUCKET MIX FOR BIG JOBS

Finally, for those times when you’ve got a big job like cleaning walls or cupboards that requires more than just a spray bottle mixture, you can make this large mixture to go in a dishpan or bucket.

You Will Need:

  • 1 gallon water

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid (or castile soap)

Place the water in a bucket or other large container.  Add in the vinegar and the soap.  Sponge onto surfaces and wipe, and then dry as needed.

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4 Comments

    1. My homemade furniture dusting spray is a good option to try on a leather sofa. The little bit of olive oil in that spray is nourishing for the leather.

  1. So far I have converted to the following homemade cleaners: laundry soap, dishwasher soap, vinegar in both washer and dishwasher, wood furniture cleaner, granite cleaner, soft scrub, wool dryer balls.
    Oh yeah, and I made my Greek yogurt and granola too! I am very happy with all the results.
    Thanks, Beverly!

  2. I love this basic kit! It is amazing how you have so many simple and inexpensive cleaning ingredients at our finger tips yet store bought cleaners seem to be the most popular. I’ve never made my own Softscrub so looking forward to trying the recipe. I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda in my homemade cleaners. I find you can even make your own shower cleaners to keep the mold, mildew and soap scum at bay between cleanings. http://naturalhomesavings.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/shower-cleaner-with-vinegar/
    Thanks for posting – love reading your posts 🙂