4 Natural Cleaning Recipes

Natural cleaning tips- infuse white vinegar with citrus peels for a potent natural cleaner

Cleaning a house naturally is not any more difficult that cleaning it with harsh chemicals. It improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.

We’ve switched entirely to natural cleaning products and our house is just as clean (or cleaner) and I don’t have to worry about the kids getting sick if they lick the floors (what, your kids don’t do that?) 🙂 The other great thing about natural cleaning recipes is that it is safe for kids to start helping with cleaning jobs at an earlier age. I’ve found that 2-4 years is a great age to get them to really start doing regular chores as they naturally want to help at this age!

Natural Cleaning Recipes

Here are a few easy and inexpensive natural cleaning recipes to use around the house:

Tile Grout Cleaner– Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, remove with sponge.

Cookware– Use sea salt or course salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.

Fabric Softener– Mix 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts water together. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup during the final rinse cycle.

Toilet Cleaner-Use undiluted white vinegar, pour around the top of the toilet bowl, scrub until clean.

Here are some other great natural cleaning recipes and ideas:

Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent-Video Tutorial
Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet [Printable]
Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Natural Oven Cleaning
Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Natural Cleaning and Organizing Checklist
Natural Bathroom Cleaning
Natural Kitchen Cleaning

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  1. ivory soap & Dr Bronners are not completly organic. its almost impossible to get of list of ivory ingredients and totally impossible to get an ingredient list for Arm & Hammer products other than washing & baking soda. they are allowed to print natual or organic if they have some natural or organic compounds, but they are processed with chemicals & have preservatives.

    • Carmen, you are right that all ingredients are not 100% organic. By law, some of the ingredients can’t be certified anyway. I typically don’t use Ivory myself, but prefer my homemade soap (which is organic) or Dr. Bronners soap bars. Other than Washing and Baking Soda, I don’t recommend most Arm and Hammer products. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Can the fabric softener be mixed before hand and stored? I’m trying to recall my chemistry lessons and I don’t think any of it would be unstable. My washing machine adds it in at the correct time for me. (Yay modern convenience!)

    • Great information, thank you very much for all that you do. Quick question – what kind of vinegar are you using for the fabric softener? Thank you!

  3. I made your fabric softener recipe, but boiled the water first with dried lavender and a tsp of pure vanilla to mask the vinegar smell. My clothes smell great now!

    • The vinegar smell doesn’t transfer to the clothes, even while they’re still wet. I just use straight vinegar in my softener dispenser, and my clothes come out smelling fresh and clean!

  4. Can I put the fabric softener ingredients in the dispenser at the beginning of the cycle. I would not have a clue when it starts. I would have to sit there through most of the cycle watching it. I have an HE washer so would it matter? I am so trying to get my hubby away from nasty store chemical softeners. he does most of the laundry and I am going to make up some of your laundry detergent as well. He does not like changing. We have used natural before and he did not like that they were not as clean so we went back. I have multiple chemical sensitivities so I need to get away from them.

    • If you have nice smart washer it should be fine. It will know when to use it.

  5. Can this be made in a bigger batch and then use as needed or do you have to mix right before use?

  6. What did you do with the lemon peels in the mason jars? Looks pretty & I’m sure, smells great. My husband uses lemons daily for making drinks for work. We have many lemon peels to spare!!

    • I stuff in a jar and pour pure white vinegar over them. I cap tightly and keep in the pantry. Then, I use this in cleaning as needed. It smells great.

  7. I had never had under arm odor until I went through my changes. I had spent so much money on different deodorants nothing helped until one day I had gotten out of shower and put on baking soda just straight baking soda . It now saves me from embarrassment . So happy !!!!!!!

    • How do you apply staight baking soda? I have yet to find a natural deoderant that works.

  8. I’ve been making my own all-purpose cleaner for years. Fill an inexpensive heavy duty squirt bottle with equal part vinegar and distilled water along with 10-20 drops essential oil (lemon, cinnamon, orange, etc.). I use it to clean EVERYTHING!

  9. For the tile grout cleaner, does the 1 part water = 1 cup as well as 3 parts = 3 cups baking soda?
    Sounds like a lot!

    • Well, yes, but it also can mean 1 part = 1 teaspoon water and 3 parts = 3 teaspoons baking soda. However much water you use, use 3 times as much baking soda.

  10. I actually pour white vinegar into my bleach slot in the washing machine and it works great for all clothes. I also only use cider vinegar instead of cream rinse on my hair. I love all your natural recipes

  11. Trying to go more natural, thanks for all the ideas.

  12. Hello!

    I am new to your website and loving it! As I’ve read this blog regarding healthy cleaning alternatives, I’m wondering if you are familiar with Norwex products? This entire line is meant to remove chemicals from the home in a very cost effective way.

    Again, since I am new here, I didn’t know if you had already known about Norwex.

  13. I’ve been using different citrus peels to soak in vinegar. Noticed small white patches forming on & within the peelings. (Primarily the jar of grapefruit.)
    Is this mold?? Has anyone had this problem?

    Thanks

  14. Well then…
    You are a true lover of real nature I believe. Also your advice as well of your sharing knowledge is well deserved to be appreciated.

    Success…

    From an admirer of nature and raw as well…

  15. Love, love, love your homemade recipes I also mix brown sugar, lemon juice & honey ( just to make thick paste) & use as a facial scrub I don’t have measurements though perhaps someone else does? Works beautifully