August 22, 2014

Chemical-Free Cleaning Solutions That Work!

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You may have caught on by now that I am a bit of a health nut and a bit of an all-natural kind of gal.  I believe that we have enough pollutants in our world that our bodies must combat on a daily basis, without adding to the list harsh chemicals used in our homes.  As best I can, I try to avoid using very many chemicals at all, and for the most part, have found that I use four basic ingredients for doing most of my everyday chores.  No, this is not a recipe for pizza dough or salad dressing.  :)  But isn’t it comforting to know that these are not only non-toxic and natural, but things we put in our food, too?  In your own kitchen,  you’ll find everything you need to replace almost all of your commercially made cleaners:

WATER

1.  Use 1/2 and 1/2 solution of vinegar for an all purpose spray.

2.  Have you seen the new Shark Mop?   Just add water and the mop will steam your floor clean in no time!!  Much better floor cleaning solution than the chemical filled Wet Jet!  Plus, more eco-friendly!

BAKING SODA

1.  Scrub your tubs, toilets, kitchen sinks, grout, you name it, for a sparkling shine!  Add a bit of vinegar for some bubble action and you’re cleaning with a vengeance!  I put this mixture down my kitchen sink garbage disposal occasionally to keep it fresh(er).

2.  You can even sprinkle a bit of this in the bottom of your trash can to keep down odors, and when really gross, leave soda and vinegar sitting for an hour or so in the bottom, then rinse.

VINEGAR

1.  See above all purpose mixture.  Not kidding, this is our everyday all purpose cleaner.  Kids can use to their hearts’ content.

2.  Naturally anti-bacterial and it works great as glass cleaner, too!

OLIVE OIL

Just a tablespoon or two on a dry cloth is all I use to dust our wooden furniture.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and it will leave the room smelling fresh and wonderful!   My favorites are lavender, cloves, eucalyptus and rosemary.

CASTILE SOAP

Click here to learn how to make the easiest all-purpose castile cleaner.

Make the switch if you haven’t already, and reap the benefits of a healthier, less toxic home environment, and save money at the same time!

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What all natural cleaning solutions do you use?

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  1. lalah smith says:

    Dear Brandy,
    I want to start using the vinagar solution as soon as I finish the natural cleaner you sent. I love you and my grandson dearly. Mama Lalah

  2. Jenna M. says:

    Yeah! Looking forward to trying these tips! I am pregnant and am always worried that I shouldn’t be inhaling these strong chemical odors. Even the cleaners that claim to be “natural”, are still so strong. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. We use those too! Super cheap. One way I clean my shower floor is by laying down paper towels to cover the surface. Then, pour vinegar to soak paper tpwels. In just a few hours, pick up paper towels and rinse. Very little scrubbing involved if at all. It pulls up all the grime that gets between the texture. That’s how we cleaned our tubs growing up. :)

  4. Excited to try these.. But does it leave your house smelling like vinegar?

  5. Love your blog! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it recently. I’ve been making my own laundry soap for several months now, and love these ideas for household cleaners. One question: Have you used the vinegar/water solution on your floors? I have a wet jet, but really dislike it; not only is the solution full of chemicals, but it doesn’t even clean my floors! So I’ve been scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees with a store bought all-purpose cleaner, but with two toddlers I’m doing this quite often and would like to cut back on the chemicals I’m using. I’m just curious if you’ve tried it, or if you possibly know of another chemical free alternative that works well on sticky floors.

    • Hi Ruthie! I sure have and it works just great on floors. One thing I learned to do with the Wet Jet is to turn an empty wetjet container upside down in a cup of super hot water and letting it there until you can remove the lid. Then, you can refill it with vinegar and water and replace it in WetJet mop. I used to do this all the time.

  6. I LOVE my shark steam mop!

    I may be biased because I happened to find a brand new one for super cheap at the goodwill, but it’s great. No chemicals or brand specific cloths, or cleanser to buy, just hot hot water. And I have two niblets under 3 so the fact that it dries super fast helps me to keep them away from the just mopped area for the time it needs to dry.

    Just my two cents. :)

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