Why Non-Toxic Cleaning?
This collection of homemade non-toxic cleaning recipes will help you start your own natural cleaning cabinet in your home. Why make your own when you could just buy some cleaning products? Well, a lot of popular cleaning products have ingredients that aren’t safe for your family. However, I must note that there are a LOT of companies developing sustainable cleaning brands where you can purchase great products.
You Can Make Your Own!
Sometimes, though, a good ole DIY gets the job done just right. Especially if you have the ingredients for it in your home already! You can use glass bottles or reuse spray bottles to store them after you create them, cutting down on waste in the process. Less waste + non-toxic products = a recipe for health and success. This collection includes one of my non-toxic cleaning product recipes, recipes from other sustainable living writers, as well as some best practices & tips, so keep reading until the end!
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DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes
Lemon and Vinegar DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Spray
You can find my Lemon and Vinegar DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Spray recipe here. This is an easy recipe to make every few weeks, forget about it until you run out, strain the old one, and make it again for the next batch. I have a really old tub that’s tough to clean, and I broke down and purchased a popular brand full of chemicals. Then, I made this combo, and I haven’t switched to anything else since. It’s great in the bathroom, and I even use it to mop. Click the link above to see the full recipe & video demonstration.
DIY Anti-Mold Spray
Emily at Recipes to Nourish shared a recipe to get rid of MINOR mold issues, as well as ways reduce moisture in your home so that mold is less likely to form. Mold isn’t only gross to look at, it can be dangerous for your health. Bleach isn’t the best option when it comes to completely getting rid of it. Try this homemade anti-mold bathroom cleaner when you need to get rid of mold in your home!
All Natural Homemade Laundry Stain Remover
Bren Did, written by Bren, of course, shares an easy concoction to safely remove stains from your clothes. Most deep cleaning stain removers sold in stores are full of fragrances or highly toxic chemicals that you can’t stand to smell. Their commercials on tv would lead you to believe that absolutely nothing else will get stains out of your clothes, but that simply isn’t true. Give this All Natural Homemade Stain Remover for Laundry a try, instead!
DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Natural hardwood floors are an architectural treasure that are meant to be well-maintained and protected. Think about it… If you’re watching a home show on tv and the builders or owners discover original hardwood floors under vinyl or carpet, everyone goes crazy with joy. Kristen at Earth Friendly Tips shared this easy DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner to help you keep you hardwood floors looking immaculate naturally and easily!
DIY Natural Granite Cleaner with Essential Oils
Root & Revel writer Kate shares several natural and non-toxic recipes to help you clean your home. This granite cleaner is great for different stone surfaces, and it only takes 4 ingredients! Kate also did the math, and it costs less than $2 to make it, if you don’t already have the ingredients at home (hint: you probably own most of the ingredients already). Clean your granite & stone surfaces with this easy recipe – DIY Natural Granite Cleaner with Essential Oils
Clean Your Stove Vents Naturally
Brittany at the Pistachio Project shows us how to clean those gross stove vents so that you don’t get queasy just looking at all of the gunk that has built up on them. Go from yucky to squeaky clean with a few ingredients and this easy tutorial. You probably won’t have to go to the store, and you can avoid those chemical-laden stove cleaners that fill the air in your home with toxins. Read How to Naturally Clean Stove Vent Filters.
Homemade Fizzy Toilet Bombs
Fizzy Toilet Bombs sound like fun for some strange reason, and if you’re really into cleaning your toilet, this may actually be fun for you. They’re like bath bombs, but instead of moisturizing your body, they’re fighting dirty toilets with simple and effective ingredients. With just a couple of household item, you can create your own safe, non-toxic cleaning tablets for your toilet. Micaela at the Mindful Momma blog explains it all in her post.
Homemade Liquid Coconut Soap
Did you know that you can make liquid soap from coconut oil? I guess the trendy saying that coconut oil cures everything, and it can do anything! Tracy at The Things We’ll Make shows us how to harness the never ending power of the coconut to create a liquid soap. I’m so intrigued by this recipe and I’ll be trying my hand at making it soon. Make your own Homemade Liquid Coconut Soap with Tracy’s recipe!
Homemade Liquid Coconut Soap
Tracy at The Things We’ll Make also makes a natural fabric softener with just 2 ingredients. It’s all-natural, so the scents are safe to inhale, unlike normal fabric softeners that use artificial fragrances that are harmful to your family’s health. Make your own DIY Fabric Softener with Tracy’s recipe!
Natural Dish Washer Rinse Aid
It is not recommended to use vinegar in a dishwasher as it can cause a lot of damage and void the warranty. We learn something new quite frequently on our sustainable living journeys!*
Adrienne at Whole New Mom shares the recipe for a
Natural Dish Washer Rinse Aid. In her post, she gives an important update about how to use the DIY rinse aid that she discovered works so well, while maintaining the integrity of your dish washer. It’s seriously so simple, so click over to her blog to check it out.
Non-Toxic Homemade “Febreze” and Carpet Powder
Natasha at The Artisan Life crafted this Non-Toxic Homemade “Febreze” and Carpet Powder to give you the fresh scents you love when cleaning your home, but without the toxic fragrance compounds. If you don’t know about the scary side of fragrance, check out the Eco-Friendly Netflix Movies list to find a documentary about it and other natural living topics.
Easy Herbal Carpet Freshener
DIY Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner
These Lovely Acres is written by Hannah & Becca, sisters who share natural living content on their blog. Their DIY Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner post shares an easy recipe for concocting your own glass cleaner. Most glass cleaners are blue (that’s not natural) and while they’re relatively scentless, they are full of harmful ingredients. The recipe they provide is simple, containing just a few ingredients, and able to be made in less than 5 minutes.
Homemade Soft Scrub
Brittany at the Pistachio Project has another homemade recipe that is simple and very useful. The Homemade Soft Scrub is a bathroom staple item, best used on the tub and sink. Typical store-bought soft scrubbing cleaners contain a lot of chemicals and toxins – you can smell it as soon as you start to use them. With this homemade scrub, you can create whatever scent you want with essential oils, or leave them out and make it scentless. The choice is yours!
Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips
- Green cleaning items you should never mix, by Bren Did
- Use vinegar in the toilet tank (briefly), by Raising Whasians via Home Talk
- Pet-friendly Essential Oils for the most effective home cleaning, by Paws & Pines
- Here are some naturally scented vinegar + citrus cleaner variations using lemon & pine and basil & lemon
I hope this extensive list of DIY, homemade, all-natural, and non-toxic cleaners for your home comes in handy on more occasions than one. I’m grateful to all of the wonderful sustainable living writers who allowed me to share their great work so that you can have their recipes all in one spot. Show them some love by commenting or pinning their recipes from their website!
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Updated January 13, 2022