If you’re looking for an inexpensive and non-toxic cleaning product for your home, look no further than your pantry. It’s easy to create a few simple all-purpose cleaners that can be used throughout your home, safely and effectively. There are numerous recipes available but we’ve created a basic kit for you and your family to use every day. Like any new product, be sure to test a small area of the surface you plan on cleaning to ensure effectiveness. Caution: never use an acidic solution on natural stone as it will leave a mark. Even though these ingredients are non-toxic, keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
- Baking soda
- Washing soda (see recipe below)
- White distilled vinegar
- Liquid soap or detergent
- Kosher salt
- Essential oils such as Tea tree, lemon, lavender, orange or rosemary
- Clean spray bottles
- Glass jars
Recipe: Glass Cleaner
Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 teaspoon liquid detergent
- 4 cups warm water
- Several drops of your favorite essential oil like lemon or rosemary
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, shake, and use as you would a commercial brand.
Recipe: Creamy Soft Scrubber
This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.
- Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl
- Add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting.
- Add several drops tea tree oil for a more thorough cleanse.
- Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and wash the surface.
- Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.
Recipe: Scouring Powder
Use this for surfaces that require additional scouring or scrubbing.
- Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt in a jar.
- Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.
Recipe: All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
Use on porous countertops and floors. Be sure to test area first.
- 1/2 teaspoon washing soda
- A dab of liquid soap
- 2 cups hot tap water
- Several drops of your favorite essential oil
- Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.
Recipe: All-Purpose Spray Cleaner (alternative)
Use on non-porous countertops and floors. Be sure to test area first.
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
- Mix ingredients into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water
- Add several drops of tea tree oil.
- Store and keep.
Recipe: DIY Washing Soda
Can’t find washing soda? Not to worry. The difference between baking soda (NaHCO3) and washing soda (NaHCO2) is water and carbon dioxide. If you can’t find washing soda in the store you can make it at home with one ingredient and one step.
- Empty a box of baking soda onto an oven-safe jelly-roll sheet and
- Place it in a 400’ oven and occasionally mix the soda for even heat distribution.
- You’ll start to see the baking soda transform into washing soda by noticing how it looks and feels. Baking soda sparkles and clumps and has a fine, powdery feel. Washing soda is dull, opaque, and the grains separate.