Beauty, Health

Make your own non-toxic cleaner: here’s how


I can’t go back to using chemical, toxic cleaners. Lately I’ve been cleaning with either Trader Joe’s all purpose cleaner or my own concoction which includes  eucalyptus oil. I’ve been using straight up vinegar for windows and baking soda to scrub. And it works great, its all chemical free. I add some Tea Tree Oil to my mop water or Lavender. I really need to find more essential oils because they smell amazing and make the house so clean and fresh!

I signed up to work with Ava Anderson because they have incredible, non toxic household cleaners that are totally toxin free and utilize essential oils. And they work wonders! Here’s a link to check that out. 

But if you want to make your own, go for it!

Here are some super easy recipes.

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle of water to clean counters, bathrooms, mirrors etc. I like to use a dash of essential oils to make it smell nice.

* Baking Soda or Cornstarch sprinkled on carpets helps absorb odors, its also excellent for non abrasive scrubbing- add a little sea salt if you need more scrubbing action.

* Olive Oil and Lemon Juice can be used to polish furniture. One cup olive oil plus 1/2 cup lemon juice.

* For a simple household cleaner, add 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and several  drops of tea tree /eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle to clean surfaces.

* If you want to go a step further try infusing your distilled white vinegar with dried herbs or citrus peels. You simple add about 1/2 cups of herbs to 1/2 cup of vinegar in a jar and let it sit for about ten days, maybe two weeks. Shake it up here and there. At the end of your time, add a couple of drops of essential oil (these smell clean: tea tree, eucalyptus,  lemon, orange, rosemary, peppermint, lavender) and a 1/2 cup of fresh vinegar. Shake and use!

Will you be making any of these? I can’t wait to get a hold of some  lemon essential oil and make a few bottles of my own cleaner! I’ll be ordering essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs!











2 thoughts on “Make your own non-toxic cleaner: here’s how

  1. Love this website, and love these ideas! I’ve always used vinegar for cleaning, but am excited to try these other ideas too.

    However, I have one linguistic pet peeve. “Chemical” does not mean the same thing as “toxin,” or even “synthetic chemical.” Every single one of these homemade products consists entirely of chemicals: acetic acid, citric acid, omega-3 fatty acids, WATER. All chemicals. This trend of people describing natural, non-toxic products as “chemical free” can have the unintended effect of being off-putting to science-y people (or just people who like precise language), because it’s just blatantly incorrect. Unfortunately, I think it has led some people to not take the non-toxic products movement seriously, due to the mistaken belief that it has no basis in science or fact.

  2. Thank you! And you’re so right. In my head, when I type out ‘chemicals’ I’m associating that word with toxins and synthetic chemicals.
    I will clarify carefully from this point forward!

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