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The Natural Cleaner You Already Have at Home

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

The Natural Cleaner You Already Have at Home


Cleaning our homes regularly is important for maintaining a healthy environment. However, many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our health and the environment. Thankfully, there are natural cleaning solutions already in our homes that can get the job done just as well, if not better. In this article, I will discuss the benefits of natural cleaners, the most effective ingredients you likely have on hand, and simple recipes to make your own natural cleaning solutions.

Benefits of Natural Cleaners

Natural cleaners made from ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are effective at cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting without the toxic chemicals found in conventional cleaners. Here are some of the top benefits of using natural cleaners:

Safer for Health

  • Conventional cleaners often contain chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive issues, endocrine disruption, and other health problems. Natural cleaners avoid these hazardous ingredients.

Better for Environment

  • Harsh chemicals in typical cleaning products get washed down our drains and end up polluting waterways. Natural cleaners contain biodegradable ingredients that are much less harmful to the environment.

Cost Effective

  • Common natural cleaning ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and soap are very affordable compared to conventional cleaners. You can save money by making DIY natural cleaning products.

Powerful Cleaning

  • While they sound gentle, natural cleaners using acids like vinegar or abrasives like baking soda can be incredibly effective at cutting through grease, disinfecting, and deodorizing.

Non-Toxic for Pets and Kids

  • Natural cleaners won’t irritate sensitive skin and there’s no need to worry if kids or pets lick surfaces after cleaning. Natural cleaners are much safer for homes with children and pets.

Top Natural Cleaning Ingredients You Already Have

Chances are you already have some of the most useful natural cleaning ingredients right in your pantry. Here are the top items to use:


  • White vinegar is antibacterial, antibacterial, and helps cut through grease and dissolve mineral deposits. It’s one of the most versatile natural cleaners.

Baking Soda

  • Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a mild abrasive that cleans and deodorizes. It’s great for scrubbing surfaces. Baking soda also neutralizes acids which makes it perfect to combine with vinegar.

Lemon Juice

  • Lemon juice contains citric acid which cuts through grease, whitens, and disinfects. Lemon juice adds a fresh, clean scent to cleaning solutions.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that whitens surfaces and disinfects. It’s great for sanitizing in the kitchen and bathroom.

Castile Soap

  • Plant-based castile soap helps lift dirt. It’s made from natural oils and is biodegradable. Look for unscented castile soap to avoid added fragrances.

Essential Oils

  • Oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and peppermint smell amazing. Adding a few drops of antimicrobial essential oils boosts cleaning power and leaves a fresh scent.

Simple Natural Cleaning Recipes

Here are a few easy homemade cleaner recipes to try using ingredients you likely already have at home:

All-Purpose Cleaner

To make an all-purpose cleaner, mix the following in a spray bottle:

  • 1⁄2 cup vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Shake well before use. Spray and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

For streak-free windows and mirrors, mix:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp castile soap

Spray solution on glass surfaces and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or newspaper.

Disinfecting Cleaner

This natural disinfectant kills germs in the kitchen and bathroom:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp castile soap
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Spray on surfaces and let sit for several minutes before wiping.

Drain Cleaner

To clear clogged drains, pour the following down the drain:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1⁄2 cup vinegar

Let fizz for 10-15 minutes then rinse with hot water. Repeat as needed.


You can avoid exposure to the harsh chemicals found in conventional cleaners by utilizing natural ingredients you likely already have at home. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, and essential oils make excellent bases for effective, non-toxic cleaners. Give some of these simple homemade cleaner recipes a try and clean your home safely and affordably.

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