We all know that a lot of the general household cleaners are really toxic for both the environment and humans alike.
That knowledge doesn’t help environmentally-minded shoppers find the kind of eco-friendly cleaner that they want. Sadly, a lot of stores only carry the harmful types without any thought to other varieties.
That is why a lot of people are turning towards making their own cleaners instead of relying on the big stores to supply them. We’re in luck that there are a lot of materials that can be used to make cleaners that are easily accessible and often much cheaper than the big name brands.
We’ll be going through 7 kinds of cleaners that are sure to leave your home beautiful and chemical-free.
The Base of Any Eco-Friendly Cleaner
Baking Soda: This makes for a natural abrasive to any cleaner recipe, while also helping to fight against odors and stains. It’s cheap and it’s non-toxic. Even on its own, it can be a great tool for any style of green living.
Hydrogen Peroxide: It’s a great disinfectant and can also help remove stains. It has some bleaching properties but still is non-toxic and can be super cheap too!
Liquid Castile Soap: This soap is not petroleum-based like most other soaps. Instead, it is vegetable-based which makes it 100% non-toxic so that you can use it in the shower or in your cleaners. It is perhaps the generally most expensive thing on our list here, but it is possible to buy it in a bulk size so that you don’t pay as much in the long run.
Vinegar: It also can be a kind of disinfectant while, at the same time, helps to remove stains and sanitize an area. Although it is an all-natural mild acid, it is non-toxic and can be bought at a very cheap price. Because of its acidic nature, however, you shouldn’t use vinegar with acetate fabrics or stone surfaces.
Lemon Juice: Not only does it smell great, but it’s also all-natural and can help cut against grease. It can also be a great way to keep pests and bugs from ruining an eco-friendly garden!
Liquid All-Purpose Cleaner
- 1 gallon of hot water
- 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid castile soap
Tip! If you want to make a more abrasive all-purpose cleaner, leave out the hot water and simply mix the two remaining ingredients into a paste.
- 16 ounce recycled plastic bottle
- ¼ teaspoon of liquid castile soap
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- Enough hot water to make it to your desired consistency
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1 part liquid castile soap
- 1 part baking soda
- Scrub with just some simple baking soda and a rag
- Wipe with full-strength vinegar
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 2 cups of borax
Tip! You can add in some unsweetened lemon drink mix for a lemony fresh scent that won’t stick to your dishes!
Window and Glass Cleaner
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of liquid castile soap
Tip! Another easy recipe is to use 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water!
- 1 cup of grated vegetable bar soap
- ½ cup of washing soda
- ½ cup of borax
Tip! For large loads, use about 2 Tablespoons of the detergent. For smaller ones, you only need about 1 Tablespoon!
Do you have another recipe for an eco-friendly cleaner? Tells us about it in a comment!