Cleaning our homes is one of those never ending chores, and if you have young children, you definitely know what I mean! While keeping our homes clean is important for many reasons, we should be able to do so without negatively impacting our health and the health of our family. Non toxic cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult or costly.
I’ve always been super sensitive to the smell of cleaning products and get a migraine just walking down the laundry detergent aisle at Target.
But it wasn’t just the smells that would make me ill. I would break out in an itchy rash if I washed my clothes with scented detergent and my hands had terrible eczema if I ever quickly cleaned a mess without gloves.
I switched all of my cleaning products to those labeled “natural” or “green” which was quite expensive! So you can imagine my frustration when cleaning my house STILL gave me a migraine, rashes, and asthma attacks!
When I was pregnant with the twins, I decided to do some research on my new “natural” cleaning products and was pretty disappointed to learn that many products labeled as “green”, “natural”, and even “organic” emit just as many hazardous chemicals as the standard products.
Well that just wasn’t gonna fly! No way would I be exposing vulnerable new humans to these dangerous chemicals!
Obviously, we can’t boycott house cleaning, especially the kitchen and bathrooms where really scary germs live. But there are many effective chemical free cleaning products you can mix up yourself (with things you probably already have) that are much healthier alternatives for home cleaning.
You can always check the safety of products or ingredients you are using at the EWG website. EWG stands for Environmental Working Group which is a non profit organization dedicated to protecting our health and the environment.
Here are some of the best non toxic cleaning products that you can make yourself!
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Non Toxic Cleaning Ingredients
Many of these items non toxic cleaning supplies you probably already have on hand. If not, they are inexpensive, easy to find, and last a long time.
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- sea salt
- hydrogen peroxide
- Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
- Microfiber cloths
- spray bottle
- essential oils
- magic erasers
Bonus Tip: Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap can be used for everything!!! I keep this cheat sheet handy to reference dilution recommendations for the many different uses.
Using non toxic cleaning products means that it’s safe for kids to use. It’s never too early to teach kids to be responsible for some of the household chores!
Easy Homemade Cleaning Products Recipes
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
You only need 3 simple ingredients for a safe and effective all purpose cleaner!
- 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 15-20 drops essential oils (my favorites for this recipe are orange and lemon)
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and get to cleaning!
NOTE: Do not use on granite or marble. The acidity of the vinegar will eat away at the surface.
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Non Toxic Glass Cleaner
Cleaning windows is sometimes a daily job at our house with all the grimy fingerprints little boys leave behind. I certainly needed something natural and non toxic to keep the kids safe and also because they love to help clean windows!
This homemade glass cleaner not only gets the dirtiest windows sparkly clean, it’s safe for the kids to use. We use microfiber cloths for a streak free clean!
Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and give it a gentle shake.
Cleaning pots and pans is never fun, but you don’t need harsh chemicals to get the job done. (did I just make a rhyme?:-)
You only need 3 ingredients to have your cookware looking shiny clean!
Mix the ingredients in a bowl to make a paste. Spread the paste mixture over the pots or pans and leave it for several minutes. I use a magic eraser to work the cleaner into the pan until it’s all clean.
Hydrogen peroxide is also quite effective for disinfecting and for removing stains. I keep a spray bottle of peroxide to use on cutting boards and counter tops.
To clean copper dishes or cookware, I use two simple things:
- sea salt
I slice the lemon in half and use it to scrub the salt into the copper. Leaves copper clean and looking like new!
Cleaning the Toilet and Bathroom
With a house full of boys who seem to have poor aim, this is my most dreaded chore! Here’s a super simple way to clean your toilet without the toxic fumes.
Homemade bathroom Cleaner
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap
- 2 Cups Water
- 10 drops essential oil (I like eucalyptus for the bathroom)
Pour all of the ingredients into a squirt bottle and shake it. You can repurpose an empty bottle or find one here. When ready to clean, just shake the bottle and squirt the cleaner around the inside of the toilet bowl. I let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush.
If you find that you never seem to have time to clean, then be sure to download my FREE printable that will help you get your busy daily routines easily planned!
Want Non-Toxic Cleaning to be Even Easier?
Non-Toxic cleaning is extremely important to me, but so is convenience. I like to make life easier whenever I can!
It’s a little bit of a pain to pull out all the supplies and mix up cleaners (a pain I’m happy to endure for my family’s health), but I’m always hopeful when I see a newly advertised cleaner with big promises!
From time to time, I will buy and try whatever new cleaner that claims to be “natural” and “non-toxic”–even with the outrageous price tag.
And time after time, I’m disappointed. After one use, I’m wheezing and have a horrible headache. Then I have a practically full bottle of expensive cleaner left that I can’t even use.
I started seeing ads on Facebook for the cleaner called Force of Nature, and was intrigued. They make bold claims but the price tag seemed pretty bold as well! I sure didn’t want to pay that much money for another cleaner I can’t use.
Some of the reviews that I read said that it has a mild bleach smell, so I was a little nervous since ANY smell of bleach makes me ill. Having the option of a full refund certainly gave me peace of mind.
Thankfully, it doesn’t smell like bleach to me. The smell is hard to describe and I don’t always even notice it. Every now and then I will catch a whiff but it just seems “clean”.
Full disclosure: I purchased Force of Nature before I started my blog so I was not an affiliate then, but I am an affiliate now so if you purchase through my links, I receive a commission (which helps to keep this blog afloat:-)
So, when buying Force of Nature for the first time you get a starter kit with the activator base, spray bottle, and 5 activator capsules which is enough to make 5 bottles of cleaner. Then you only purchase activator capsules in the future.
Obviously, I didn’t need to take advantage of their happiness guarantee!
For the first time EVER, I’m able to easily clean my home without becoming ill and without compromising my family’s health with toxic chemicals.
I love not having to drag out all of my cleaning ingredients and mix up cleaners. Force of Nature has replaced all of those! I use it to clean everything and it’s completely safe to use around the kids and pets.
I bought my starter kit in February, so I’ve been using it for about 6 months. I added up the cost of the starter kit and activator capsules that I’ve used during that 6 month time and the average amount I have spent is $18.30 per month. Less than $5 dollars a week to clean everything. (oh and it also neutralizes odors!)
I use it to clean:
- sippy cups and parts
- make up brushes
- laundry stains
- kitty litter box
- liquid vitamin dosing syringes (Beckem goes through a lot of these)
- stove top
- dusting/cleaning furniture
- smelly shoes
I really meant everything! The only other cleaner I’ve needed in the last 6 months is baking soda. I make a paste with the force of nature and baking soda and use it to clean the oven and pots and pans.
If you decide to give any of these cleaning solutions a try, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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