Sick of using smelly, toxic cleaners in your home? Worried about the kids or pets getting into them? Worry no more! Here are some super-simple, non-toxic home cleaning solutions that you’ll be happy to do yourself. Not only are they all-natural (not to mention affordable), they won’t harm the environment either.
A fool-proof (and inexpensive) way to clean your windows is with a vinegar solution and some recycled newspapers. Take 2 cups white vinegar and ¼ cup of water and fill a spray bottle. Simply spray solution on the window and rub in circular motions with the paper until clean. Newspaper may leave ink on your window frame if it’s vinyl so try to avoid the frame. This solution works great on any glass surface.
For tile or linoleum floors, simply mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water in a bucket. Use a rag to scrub and simply let dry. For wood floors try a diluted mixture of warm water and dish soap.
You may have heard of cleaning with lemons, but a grapefruit works great when cleaning your shower or bath. Run the water so surfaces are wet. Halve a grapefruit and sprinkle generously with coarse salt and sprinkle some extra salt on the floor of the tub. Starting from the top, scrub the tiles in a circular motion. The salt should work well to get any grime from tiles or grout. For tough spots, juice some of the grapefruit over the area before scrubbing. Don’t forget the fixtures! When done, simply rinse the solution down the drain!
Pour half a cup of baking soda (and a few drops of tea tree essential oil for a little fragrance) into the toilet. Add a quarter cup of vinegar and let sit for five minutes. Scrub with toilet brush. This solution cleans and deodorizes. For the seat and rest of the surfaces, spray with a mixture of vinegar and your favorite essential oil. Let sit five minutes and then wipe clean.
Mix four tablespoons baking soda with one quart warm water. Either spray or scrub the solution on countertops, stovetops and inside the fridge. The solution both cleanses and deodorizes. This all-purpose cleaner also works in the bathroom sink and toilet!
Clean and Shine with Olive Oil
Using a rag, polish any stainless steel surface with olive oil. It also works great on your cast iron pans. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of coarse salt into the pan and gently scrub. Rinse with hot water and it’s good to go.
Clean Your Cutting Board
A great, non-toxic way to clean your wood or plastic cutting board is with a lemon. Cut in half and scrub over surface. Let sit for ten minutes then rinse. This solution will also work on butcher block tops.
Cleaning With Lemons
Lemons have many other handy home uses. Use halved lemons to clean brass or copper. Scrub on grill grates with coarse salt for a fresh-smelling clean that also helps kill germs. It also works well to cut food smells from your hands (think after chopping garlic or peeling an onion.) Simply scrub on your hands and rinse.
Pour half a cup of baking soda down the plugged drain, followed by 2 cups boiling water. If you’re still having problems, pour down another half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar. These two will react so stand clear of the drain while it settles or cover drain. After a few minutes, follow with a gallon of boiling water.
Spot Clean Upholstery
A simple way to get out most upholstery spots is by mixing dish detergent with equal parts water. Whip into a froth and dab onto the spot. A mild shampoo works as well.