When I found out I was pregnant with my son I made it my mission to try and eliminate the chemicals from our home (as much as I could). Products today are filled with such garbage (even baby shampoos have harmful chemicals in them). In this momma’s opinion, it’s best to keep it as natural and simple as possible. Luckily for me, this also worked out well for my budget. You’d be surprised how simple and affordable it really is to replace some of the chemical concoctions in your cleaning cabinet with products you most likely already have in your home.
- Rubbing Alcohol. My favorite multipurpose cleaner! Grab a spray bottle, pour it in, and you’re good to go. It kills germs on contact and leaves everything squeaky clean. You can use it to clean countertops, bathrooms, and it’s an awesome streak-free glass cleaner. A friend told me a long time ago that a housekeeper told her about this secret tip. I tried it and since then, I have never bought glass cleaner again.
- Peroxide. This is also good for countertops and bathrooms and also to disinfect baby toys.
Side note: Many spray bottle tops will fit right onto the alcohol & peroxide bottles.
- Peroxide and baking soda. The greatest stain remover ever! I’ve used this trick on old stains that have been washed and dried. On light, new stains just squirt some peroxide and then sprinkle on some baking soda (and squirt a little more peroxide if you want) and then let it sit for a little while before throwing it into the wash. When the laundry cycle is done just check that the stain is gone before tossing it into the dryer (it almost always will be gone!). If not, just repeat the above process. For set-it stains, put a generous amount of peroxide and baking soda on the stain and ball it up and let it sit for a day (if it has been washed and dried with the stain then repeat this process for a couple days), then throw the item into the wash. Again, check the stain before throwing into the dryer, if not repeat the process again.
- Baking soda, hot water, and aluminum foil. This makes an awesome silver & jewelry cleaner. I got this tip from my mother-in-law. Make a little pan or bowl out of aluminum foil and place it in your sink. Put in your jewelry or silver, sprinkle with baking soda and pour boiling hot water into the bowl and watch your jewelry come out sparkling clean. I have only tried this on real silver and not on fashion jewelry so I don’t know how that would work out. Try it at your own risk and don’t blame me if it messes up your favorite costume jewelry. J
- Baking soda. Use as a fabric refresher. Sprinkle it on carpets or couches and vacuum up. We have a microfiber couch that gets kind of gross with two dogs and a toddler so I sprinkle a very light amount on my couch and take a rag or moistened sponge (with a mixture of rubbing alcohol, water, and lavender drops) and wipe it down once every week or two and it comes out looking very nice and smelling a lot better. You can also sprinkle baking soda in your shoes that need a little refreshing before washing to help them come out smelling extra clean and then sprinkle a smidge in after drying to keep them staying fresh longer.
- Baking soda and vinegar. You can use this mixture to clean your toilet bowls and sinks. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto surfaces and then pour vinegar on top which will cause it to bubble a little bit. You can let it sit for up to twenty minutes and then scrub off.
- Vinegar. Another a great all-purpose cleaner. I pour some in a mason jar with a few citrus peels and leave for a week or two (then remove the peels and store the vinegar until use) to mellow out the strong vinegar scent. I use it to mop my floors and clean countertops. It is also a good glass cleaner but I still like rubbing alcohol best as a glass cleaner.
- Toothpaste. You can use it to clean sinks and rings. For sinks, just squeeze out a little into the sink and scrub with a scrub sponge. For rings, put a little on an old toothbrush and scrub away until it shines.
- Dryer sheets. I know dryer sheets have chemicals in them but not as harsh as those found in cleaning products. I use Method brand, which is vegan, cruelty-free and more on the natural side. Dryer sheets are my favorite way to clean bathroom sinks and toilet seats (I do spray a little alcohol or peroxide on the toilet seats first to disinfect). They make cleaning a breeze and leave an amazing scent behind
- Castile Soap. The ultimate all-in-one product for your home, body, baby, pet, life, and
anything else you can imagine! I use Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap. I use it to make my own baby
wash and baby wipes (which I will create another blog post with the instructions for making both in the future if you all are interested – it’s really simple). It is about $15 for a bottle but is super concentrated and you can use it to make a ton of different things from hand soap, body wash, shampoo, dog wash, fruit & veggie rinse, floor cleaner, laundry soap, and more. I scent it myself by adding in some lavender or vanilla (or both) essential oils and mixing it up.
Reducing harsh chemicals and cleaning more natural is not only simple, it’s easy and affordable. I hope, since you already have a lot of the products listed above in your home already, you’ll expand their use and give them a try in your home next time you clean. I’d love to hear all about your natural cleaning tips. Feel free to share yours with me in the comments below! Happy cleaning! Be blessed!