Best DIY Natural Home Cleaners – 8 Recipes

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Making your own DIY natural cleaners is a simple and cost effective way to get rid of some of the most toxic and poisonous products in your home. According to the National Capital Poison Center cleaning substances were the second highest cause of unintentional poisoning in of children under 6 years old in the U.S 2014.  Many people don't realize how toxic many of the commercial products they use in their home everyday really are. The harmful chemicals are not only a danger if accidentally consumed , but can also cause acute or chronic illness due to repeated exposure from skin contact and through inhaling the VOC's (volatile organic compounds) they release into the air. 

 

TOXIC CHEMICALS IN COMMERCIAL CLEANERS YOU WANT TO AVOID


1) AMMONIA

Found in: Glass, oven, drain, toilet and multipurpose cleaners.

Health Risks: Exposure to ammonia at minimum can cause eye, throat, lung and skin irritation, at worst it will result in lung damage, blindness and death. When mixed with bleach  highly poisonous chloramine gas is produced. 

2) BUTOXYETHANOL

Found in: Glass, oven and multipurpose cleaners.

Health Risks:2-butoxyethanol is used in many common cleaners as as solvent and has a characteristic sweet smell. 2-Butoxyethanol belongs in the  Glycol Ethers family of chemicals. According to the EPA, short term exposure high levels of Glycol Ethers can cause headaches, sore throats, and kidney and liver damage. Long term exposure has been linked to anemia, anorexia, nausea, fatigue and neurological damage.  sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. 

3) SODIUM HYDROXIDE

Found in: Oven, toilet, disinfectants and drain cleaners.

Health Risks: Highly corrosive; can burn the eyes, skin and lungs. It can cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. If swallowed it will cause nausea, stomach cramps diarrhea and even death.

4) FORMALDEHYDE

Found in: Soap, glass, oven and multipurpose cleaners.

Health Risks: Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in many household products. Short tern contact can cause asthma attacks, eye, nose and throat irritation. Long tern exposure can cause cancer. 

5) SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE

Found in: Dish soap, toilet cleaners and Liquid Laundry Soap.

Health Risks: Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in many cleaning products to create foam.  It is a known skin irritant and a possible carcinogen 

6) PHALATES

Found in: Air fresheners, dish soaps and most products with "fragrance" listed as an ingredient.

Health Risks: Phthalates are known to reduce sperm count. It can cause eye, skin, nose and throat irritation. Phaltes have also been linked to breast cancer, type II diabetes and ADHD. 

7) TRICLOSAN

Found in: Liquid dishwashing detergents and antibacterial hand soaps. 

Health Risks: Triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent, but it can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.  It can impair muscle function and reduce the strength of your heart muscle. A study in the Oxford Journal found that Triclosan imitates estrogen in the body, chemicals that do this are linked to an increase in breast cancer. 

 

Instead of paying for multiple expensive commercial cleaners that contain toxins and poisons, try these simple homemade, environmentally friendly, diy natural cleaners.

 

8 DIY NATURAL CLEANERS - RECIPES

 

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1) Multipurpose Cleaner


What you will Need:
  • Spray Bottle
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 Tbs of Borax
  • 1 Tbs of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Essential oils (optional)
Directions:

1. Put 1 tablespoon Borax to a mixing bowl, and cover with 2 cups hot water. Whisk until borax dissolves
2. Add the 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup vinegar, and juice from 1 lemon to the bowl. Give the mixture a gentle stir.
3. Use a funnel to pour the cleaner into the spray bottle and top with a few drops of essential oil (optional), which gives the all-purpose cleaner any scent you choose.

 

 

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2) Oven Cleaner

 
What you will Need:
  • Sponge
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Paper towel
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tbs of vinegar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
Directions:

1. Whisk  all the ingredients together in a bowl until until its a thick paste.
2. Wipe down the oven with warm soapy water.
3. Using the sponge spread  the cleaning paste all over the inside of the oven.
4. Close the door and let sit for 4 hours.
5. After 4 hours use a damp sponge to remove all the cleaning paste.

 

 

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3) Dish Soap


What you will Need:
Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl mix the 1Tbs Borax, 1 Tbs Washing Soda, 3/4 cup of Castile Soap, and 2 1/4 Tbs of Vinegar.
2. Gently mix in the 2 1/4 cups of boiling water, and the 10-15 drops of the optional essential oil
3. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature.  Once cooled transfer to the pump bottle or other storage container of your choice.

 

 

 liquid-laundry-soap-fabric-softner

 

4) Liquid Laundry Soap

 
What you will Need:
Directions:

1. In large bowl mix the 1/2 cup of Washing Soda and 1/4 cup of Borax. 
2. Cover the dry ingredients with boiling water (approx 1-2 cups), whisk until Borax and Washing soda have dissolved. 
3. Add in the 1 tbs of castile soap and 1/4 cup of vinegar, mix gently.
4. Pour the mix into the gallon container. Add enough hot water to fill. (also add 10-20 drops of essential oil, if using).
5. Gently swirl the container to mix. Use approx 1/3 cup per load of laundry.

 

5) Fabric Softener

 
What you will Need:
  • 1 gallon container
  • Microwave safe bowls
  • Whisk
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of hair conditioner
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils (optional)
Directions:

1. In a microwave separately heat the vinegar and conditioner sightly, (just above room temperature).
2. In the 1 gallon container, gently combine the water, vinegar and hair conditioner. (Do not shake or you will cause foaming).
3. Add the essential oil (optional).

 

 

fabric-refresher

 

 6) Fabric Refresher


What you will Need:
  • Spray Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of liquid fabric softener (store bought or see recipe #5 fabric softener above)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
Directions:

1. In a spray bottle mix the water, fabric softener and vinegar.

 

 

toilet-clener

 

7) Toilet Cleaner


What you will Need:
  • Squirt Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3/4 cups castile soap
  • 3/4 Tbs baking soda
  • 10-15 drops Essential oils
Directions:

1. In a squirt bottle gently mix the water, baking soda, castile soap and essential oil.
2. Squirt around the toilet bowl, scrub with toilet brush. 

 

 

 

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8) Carpet Cleaner


What you will Need:
  • Spray Bottle
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 cup of vinegar2 Tsp salt
  • - 15-20 drops Essential oils (Optional)
Directions:

1. In the spray bottle combine the water and vinegar.
2. Add the salt and essential oils. Gently shake
3. Spray on carpet and allow to dry, then vacuum the treated area.

 

I use these DIY natural cleaners in my house and love them. Try them out and let me know what you think of them. If you have ways I can improve them, let me know. The comment section is always open an looking for feedback.

But if you are looking for even more DIY natural cleaners you can make yourself we found some great ones on Popsugar.com and on goodhousekeeping.com, check them out, they are great resources of information.

 

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