I have been using homemade cleaners for a little over a year now. It is my humble opinion that something is a bit off if you have to scrub your hands clean after you’re done cleaning your home. I avoid bleach because it causes my throat to swell and itch. I also hate using the big blue bottle glass cleaners, because of the smell and the common presence of ammonia. My home stays just as clean without the nasty stuff.
Homemade Cleaners in Spray Bottles
1/2 cup castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s but you can make your own)
3 cups warm water
*I use this on our granite countertops (as vinegar is too acidic and can damage the granite), and any light cleaning
(Adapted from Zero Waste Home)
1 cup water
1/4 white distilled vinegar
5 drops essential oil of your choice (or)
Add citrus peels to the vinegar
*I added lemon slices and just left them in there to offset the strong vinegar smell.
I use this as a mild disinfectant to clean my tub, my toilet, and most surfaces in the house
(Adapted from Crunchy Betty)
2 cups distilled warm water
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon corn starch
5 drops essential oil of your choice
*Finding the perfect cloth to wipe my mirrors was half the battle with this transition. I tried microfiber, which I didn’t like because they are synthetic and don’t last multiple washes. I tried newspaper, which didn’t work nearly as well as everyone said they did. I settled on a soft cotton cloth made from one of my boyfriend’s old t-shirts, which doesn’t leave streaks or lint on the glass.
Other Cleaning Supplies
- Wooden broom with natural bristles (ours is from IKEA)
- Swiffer with reusable cloth pads (you can make your own, buy some handmade ones, or just use an old cloth or towel, which is what I do). Just spray the multipurpose cleaner on the pad as needed, and wash in the weekly laundry. This bamboo Swiffer I found was a rare steal at Marshall’s, of all places. The brand is Candace Olson, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere for purchase online.
- Baking soda in a shaker for removing stains and odors (especially on carpet)
- Baking soda and white vinegar for unclogging drains and scrubbing the tub
- An old toothbrush for small scrub jobs or hard-to-reach places. I reuse my old bamboo toothbrushes, as the bristles are nylon. When they are no longer useable, I will remove the bristles with tweezers and compost the bamboo.
- Vacuum – if you have carpet in your home, this one is hard to get rid of. I have pet allergies, and own two pets. Smart, right? I love the idea of not owning one (as in a vacuum cleaner, not a pet) but our cats shed quite a bit. I also like hanging on to one in the event of broken glass. My vacuum isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.