Homemade Natural Cleaners – Getting Started

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know we like to do things as naturally as possible.  One area that this is especially true is when it comes to cleaning a home.  Homemade natural cleaners are one of the best DIY projects.  Are you ready to get started with making your own homemade natural cleaners?

Why Use Homemade Natural Cleaners?

Cleaners that you buy at the store are almost all considered toxic and dangerous.  Fumes are strong and sickening.  Gloves are often required when using these products.

Some of the chemicals used in these products include phosphates, ammonia, bleach, and formaldehyde.  Now… if these chemicals are dangerous to ingest and/or smell, why would you want to slather them all over the surfaces that your family will eat off of, bathe in and play on?

The number one reason to use homemade natural cleaners is to protect your family from these dangerous chemicals.  You can get similar cleaning power from natural products that you make yourself.

Basic Ingredients to Have on Hand

There are definitely some very basic ingredients to have on hand to ensure that you can always whip up some cleaner when you need to. These include:

  • baking soda (I wrote a post about my love for baking soda here.)
  • white vinegar (I wrote a bit about my love for vinegar here.)
  • water
  • various essential oils of your liking – Edens Garden Best Of The Best Essential Oil 24 Set
  • washing soda
  • borax – Borax 20 Mule Team Detergent Booster (optional, some people aren’t comfortable with the use of borax)

Basic Recipes for Homemade Natural Cleaners

Pretty much any cleaner you buy at the store, you can make at home.

Here are some posts that I’ve done in the past for homemade natural cleaners:

Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner

Peppermint Soft Scrub

Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Homemade Laundry Soap