non-toxic cleaners

Spring Cleaning: How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaners

Are you looking to make the switch from a toxic home to a non-toxic home? One of the easiest ways to do this is to ditch the chemical-laden cleaning products lurking in your cabinets that you’ve probably used your entire life!

When I first took on the challenge of shifting to a non-toxic household, I honestly didn’t know where to begin. I knew changes needed to be made, but how?

I thought there was no way I could be one of those women crafty enough to make their own products to safely use for every surface in my home. First, I can barely make an edible meal while following a recipe, so how in the heck was I going to make cleaners that would be effective enough to thoroughly clean each room in my house?

This was going to be an interesting chemistry experiment, I thought.

But to my surprise, making homemade cleaners wasn’t difficult at all! In fact, not only was it easy, it was incredibly cost effective too! On top of that, it was doing loads of good for the environment and my family’s health. I could get used to this non-toxic, DIY thing!

Once I got the basics down, making homemade cleaners was a breeze. In fact, it was fun to do! I’m so excited to share some of my trusted non-toxic cleaner recipes with you.

non-toxic cleaning recipes

As you start on the journey of making your own cleaners, there are some staple products you will want to have on hand. White vinegar, apple cider vinegar, purified or distilled water, essential oils, and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. You’ll notice a few recipes I share might use one or two other ingredients, but these are the must-haves!

To save on money, start saving glass bottles and spray nozzles that you might already be using! For instance, vinegar bottles are a great size for all purpose cleaners. Save them! If you have plastic bottles, you’ll want to thoughtfully recycle those if you can. Stick with glass.

How to Make All-Purpose Cleaner (Two Ways)

Option 1:

1 cup white distilled vinegar (*some people prefer using Vodka instead of vinegar which will work too)

1 cup distilled/purified water

1/2 tsp. Sals Suds (you can skip this if you just want to use vinegar and water)

Option 2:

2 cups distilled water

2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap (I like Dr. Bronners)

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and gently shake to combine. I love the glass bottles I bought on Amazon because they come with make-your-own labels too!

If you want to add a scent or an additional germ fighting essential oil to your cleaner, simply add 20-30 drops to your cleaner bottle. I currently use tea tree oil and lemongrass essential oil for my all-purpose cleaner! Tea tree oil has anti fungal and antibacterial properties, which is why I choose to add it.

You can use this spray to clean your kitchen, bathroom, and other surfaces. Just avoid using it on special surfaces like granite or marble when using a vinegar solution. Castile soap is safe to use on these surfaces. Always spot test before using a new cleaner on a surface.

How To Make a Dusting Spray

Use this dusting spray for wood surfaces in your home. The beauty of using this recipe is that it will not only dust your furniture, it will moisturize the wood so it stays beautiful! You can use oils such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil. I am currently using an olive oil blend.

non-toxic dusting spray recipe

You will need:

4 ounces of your oil of choice

1 cup purified water

2 tsp. castile soap

20 drops of lemon essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer)

Combine the ingredients in your glass spray bottle (remember, no plastics, stick to glass!). Shake before every spray. Use liberally on all of your wood surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth.

  • If you have allergies, you can find another carrier oil to use such as grapeseed, jojoba, etc. They all work!

How to Make a Homemade Oven Cleaning Solution

I have used this spray in my oven and thank goodness I did! I had had enough of the burnt food smell every time I tried to cook something in my oven! This homemade cleaner can tackle old spills as well as new ones, so don’t fret! Try this recipe next time you need to clean your oven.

1/2 cup liquid castile soap

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

2 Tbsp white vinegar (additional vinegar to rinse)

10 drops of lemon essential oil

10 drops of tea tree oil (totally optional)

Have on hand: a spatula for scraping and gloves to protect your hands.

To properly clean your oven, empty everything out of the oven including the racks. Wipe the oven down with hot, soapy water then mix together all of your ingredients to make a paste. Spread the paste on the inside of the oven, just not on the heating elements.

Let it sit for at least 4 hours; the longer it sits, the more it can do its work. When you’re ready, remove the paste with an old rag, brush, or sponge. You’ll want to do a final rinse with a mixture of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. VOILA!

You just cleaned your oven without using any toxic chemicals! Congrats!

How to Make a Bathroom Cleaner

2 cups warm water

1 Tbsp baking soda

2 Tbsp. castile soap

20-30 drops of tea tree oil and scented essential oil of your choosing

Pour the warm water into the spray bottle first followed by the baking soda. Shake the bottle to combine. It’s okay if the baking soda clumps up (mine does!). Just keep shaking to combine. Add the castile soap and oils next and shake to combine mixture.

Use this spray to clean the sink, toilet, tiles, and tub! Allow the solution to sit for a minute before wiping clean with a damp cloth. * Fun fact! This solution also works well as a stain remover for carpets and rugs.

How to Make Dryer Ball Spray

Dryer Ball Spray recipe

Yep, as I explained in the Reasons Why You Want to Ditch Your Dryer Sheets article, it’s time to toss those toxic sheets once and for all. In replacement of them, you’ll want to get wool dryer balls and then spray the balls with this recipe before each dryer cycle. Works like a charm! (Be sure to read that article for more tips and dryer ball hacks)

You will need:

1 cup purified water

1/4-1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

20 drops of lemongrass essential oil (that’s my preference in scent, but you can choose an oil fragrance you enjoy)

Combine ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake it up! Be sure to shake thoroughly before spraying dryer balls each time. Just spray each dryer ball a few times and then toss them into the dryer to do the work! Voila! Fresh smelling clothes without the toxicity!

Let’s Get This Cleaning Party Started

So are you ready to get started!? Trust me, it’s actually fun making your own cleaners. I love how you can customize each one with a smell that you enjoy.

Taking this step towards a less toxic home is fantastic and I’m excited for you! Since I started cleaning my home with these solutions, I have had NO desire to go back to chemical-laden products in wasteful, one-use plastic containers. No thanks!

I hope you make the switch and enjoy the many benefits of non-toxic cleaning. Let me know what you think and whether you’ve crossed over to the healthier, non-toxic side! To a healthier you and a healthier household!



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