Ok, so anyone that knows me, knows I am not only a Clean Eating Junkie, I like to keep a “clean” lifestyle too. Meaning I do not like to use products containing chemicals.
I love making my own natural cleaners to use around my home, so with that being said I have created a list of the Best Chemical Free Cleaning Products that I like to use in my DIY multipurpose cleaning spray recipe.
I’ve used it for over 10 years and would never go back to using dangerously toxic household cleaners around myself and my family.
Soap nuts are members of the Lychee family, soap nuts are actually a berry that grows on the Soap Berry tree (Sapindus mukorossi) that contains saponins, a natural surfactant. Soap nuts are very versatile and can be used in many different ways.
First of all you will need to boil up a little soapy soap nut concoction by adding 2 berries for every cup of water and boiling them for 30minutes. A good tip is to try crush the berries while boiling to release as much saponin from the berry as possible.
Allow the water to cool and strain into mason jars (any leftover liquid you would want to store in the fridge to keep it from spoiling).
This is a product I always have in the house and has various domestic uses, primarily as a cleaning and disinfecting agent. Hydrogen peroxide can be used for the sterilization of various surfaces. H2O2 demonstrates broad-spectrum efficacy against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and bacterial spores.
It is seen as an environmentally safe alternative to chlorine-based bleaches, as it degrades to form oxygen and water and it is generally recognized as safe as an antimicrobial agent.
One of the most common household uses of rubbing alcohol is as a cleaning agent. Many toilet bowl and window cleaners, for instance, contain isopropyl alcohol.
Unlike water, rubbing alcohol can dissolve sticky, gummy residues. Isopropyl alcohol is a disinfecting and sterilizing agent and it kills bacteria, fungus and viruses. Hospitals spray it on surfaces to kill infectious organisms and prevent the spread of disease.
Vinegar provides an eco-friendly solution for eliminating dirt and foul odor on a wide range of materials such as fabric, metal, glass, fur, tiles, and many others. It can also be used as a natural herbicide or weed killer. White vinegar does not contain ammonia; it cleanses thoroughly without leaving any strong or harmful smells.
I love using a solotion of 1cup of vinager in a bucket of VERY hot water to wash the floors with, Mopping your floors with Vinegar is safe for almost all floor types including wood floors. You should NOT use it on marble or stone, as it will cause the surface to “pit”. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and cuts through grease!!
I have a huge love for essential oils as I studied aromatherapy back in my college days. I always have a variety of different essential oils in the house used for many different things in many different ways. There are plenty of different essential oils for house cleaning- although that’s a post for another day.
My favorite oil for cleaning is lemongrass – I love how the fresh smell lingers for a while…..no scary fumes needed!
Purchase yourself the biggest spray bottle you can find (you will be using this for literally everything) and combine equal parts of:
Add 15-40 drops of your favorite essential oil (depending on the size of your bottle)
I use this to clean my whole kitchen- counter tops, cupboards, it works great on stainless steel appliances and windows leaving them streak-free. I also use this antibacterial, disinfectant in my bathroom, in fact I use this to dust the whole house with too!
I would love to hear feedback from you, please leave me a comment and let us know how this non-toxic multi purpose cleaner works for you.