What are the best natural cleaners? The results of decades of research tell us we should seriously think about what we use and spray around in our homes. We should rethink and use what nature provides us in the way of sanitizing and removing grime. I’m sharing my list of non-toxic cleaning products that I use and coincidentally, these make for cheap cleaning supplies.
10 Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
I no longer buy commercial cleaning products. I opt for nontoxic and natural cleaners that are eco-friendly and better for the budget and my family’s health. These are my DIY cleaners.
The best eco-friendly solutions for caring for your home are:
- Bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
- Eucalyptus oil
- Coconut oil
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Clove oil
I consider these my best cleaning supplies.
My Quick Clean Tip List
The following are cleaning house tips that I have found effective. They are also cost-saving and eco-friendly.
#1. Vinegar as an all-purpose natural cleaner
Use in a spray bottle for surfaces. I use it on my tiled floors. It’s recommended for cleaning toilet seats and bowls because it is considered less harsh than commercial sprays that can cause white surfaces to oxidize and yellow.
#2. Lemon as a Natural Disinfectant
Lemons are great for cleaning stainless steel sinks and making them sparkle. I also use lemon to clean and remove stains from my kitchen laminated bench rather than bleach.
Lemon oil is an insect deterrent and it’s great for keeping cobwebs away also.
#3. Baking Soda as a Make Clean and Deodorizer
Mix it into a paste with water for a homemade cleaning solution in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s also great for absorbing odors in the refrigerator or bathroom.
I also use it for absorbing spills on the carpet. I use an old towel first to soak up most of the moisture. Then I sprinkle a good coating of baking soda (bicarb) over the spill and let it dry. It soaks up the stains. When dry just vacuum.
#4. Eucalyptus oil is another all natural disinfectant
It is ideal for removing ink marks or sticky residue from labels. I use it for cleaning around door handles and light switches also. It is a natural antimicrobial.
#5. Coconut Oil
Great for cleaning showers including the glass and tiles.
#6. Beeswax is Useful in a DIY Furniture Cleaner and Polish And In Reuseable Food covers
I use beeswax to make reusable food covers to replace single-use and toxic plastic wrap. I wrote an article on how I make these as well as other ways of making beeswax wraps.
Beeswax also makes a natural timber polish and sealer. The recipe I use is 1 part beeswax to 4 parts virgin olive oil.
#7. Hydrogen peroxide can be used in place of household chlorine bleach
It is H2O2 and simply breaks down into water and oxygen compared to chlorine bleach which forms more toxic by-products, such as dioxins and furans.
#8. Clove Oil is a Natural Mold Inhibitor
A spray of a few drops of clove oil in water is all you need to use as a deterrent to mold. Clove oil spray is also useful for killing mold, but you’ll need to wait for the mold to fall away with this all-natural cleaner. I quite like its spicy earth smell as well. You can get more tips like this one from Shannon Lush, who has a ton of cleaning tips including homemade cleaner recipes.
Salt is another natural germ inhibitor. Use this for cleaning wooden cutting boards in the kitchen.
#10. Sunshine is a Natural Sanitizer
Ultraviolet rays from the sun kill bacteria and other germs. This is the reason why the air-drying of clothes outside in the sunshine has added benefits along with airing rugs and other home soft furnishings outdoors in the sunlight.
Homemade Chemical Free Cleaning Products
Looking for natural cleaning recipes? Here are the recipes for a few of my homemade cleaners. They are simple to follow. But, remember what I said above, there are chemicals and then there are chemicals. Nothing is really chemical free. Nature is full of chemicals. “Chemical free” just means without the harsh nasty chemicals.
This recipe makes cleaning easy and shower screens sparkle: Mix equal parts white vinegar and gentle dishwashing detergent.
Use a handy cleaning cloth. Pantyhose is a cleaning cloth recommended by Shannon Lush of Speed Cleaning, and I find it is one of the best.
For limescale, I make up a past of bicarb soda with 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply to taps (faucets) and this will remove stubborn water stains.
I use a mixture of half water and half vinegar in a microfiber spray mop, similar to this one at Amazon – See details
It’s convenient and much easier this way. But if you want to use a normal microfiber mop, just add the vinegar mixture to a spray bottle and spray the floor in sections before you mop.
To keep towels soft, just add vinegar to the final rinse. So not only is it an all natural cleaner, but vinegar is also a softner.
Not only is it a green option, but also a much cheaper version than using commercial fabric softeners. It is also a safer option for you and the environment.
It is also a safer option for you and the environment.
Use a dash of denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) diluted in half a bucket of warm water. You may use it direct but it will evaporate if the weather is hot. Apply to glass windows with (you guessed it) old pantyhose or similar cleaning material. Wipe away residue with an old towel for streak-free results. I find this works exceptionally, especially after all the window cleaners I’ve tried, that just don’t work. About 90% of methylated spirits is ethanol.
A word of caution about methylated spirits: It contains additives to deter people from drinking it. These are mostly 10% methanol, which is highly toxic, but there are also others, like isopropyl alcohol, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone or other substances. So this is not entirely non toxic, however, it is a great economical cleaning product and considered a green homemade cleaning solution.
Everyday home cleaners contain chemical additives that potentially affect our health and the environment.
No doubt, you wouldn’t consciously expose yourself to harmful chemicals. But, that’s what you do when you use everyday cleaning products. The good news is that there are other options.
Naturally Better Home Care
I believe the above options are better home cleaners because they are less toxic and environmentally damaging than commonly sold commercial products.
You can call these ‘chemical free’ cleaning products in terms of nasty cocktail types. But, don’t forget not all chemicals are bad. There are chemicals that make us happy.
Important cleaning tip: Take the usual necessary precautions, like wearing gloves and washing hands afterward. They are meant for cleaning surfaces and though these ingredients are natural and considered safe cleaning products, they may still harm your skin, e.g. through dryness or allergic reaction.
What are Some of Your Non Toxic Cleaner Options?
These are some of the best cleaning products because they are simple ingredients. Not only do they save your health, but they save you dollars as well. What non toxic or all natural cleaning products do you have in your cleaning products list? Feel free to comment below.
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Hi, I’m Mary-Anne. Apart from a PhD in Earth and Life Sciences, I have a whole heap of other life experiences. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.