Hello LSN Community!
I’m so excited to share this new Natural Living series with you today! I’m a BIG time naturalist so this was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m pretty sure if you are reading this then you are already doing some type of natural living. Maybe it’s eating more fruits & veggies or whipping up own natural home remedies, whatever it is, your on the right track and I want to honor you for taking the steps to care for yourself and our Earth.
Many of us grew up in a time when people didn’t think twice about using products made with toxic ingredients and often used them on any and every surface possible. As we know now, many of these products do have negative effects on our health. I remember growing up and getting serious headaches after using some of these cleaning products, so you will be happy to know that the best part about using natural products is that our children can learn to clean and actually use these products without worry. They aren’t irritating to the senses like most commercial products.
Contrary to what many people say, cleaning your house naturally can be difficult if you don’t know what your doing. When we made the switched to natural cleaners, there were many products on the market that I tried. Some were great and some I feel didn’t do much. At times I felt is was more elbow grease that got the job done than the actual cleaner. Over time, I did find products that I feel work but in all honesty, nothing beats homemade. It’s a lot cheaper and can get the job done just as good if not better when combined properly. So let’s dive in!
If your serious about starting a more natural cleaning routine then the first thing you will need is all the tools and ingredients to make this possible. It’s really pretty easy to make natural, green, and non-toxic cleaners for your home if you have just a few simple ingredients on hand. Below are the basic ingredient needed to make a variety of natural household cleaners, be it mirror cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner and much more!
Homemade Natural Cleaners Ingredient List
- White Vinegar– cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
- Castile Soap– helps lift away dirt and cuts through grease and wax build up.
- Baking Soda– cleans, deodorizes, softens water and whitens.
- Hydrogen Peroxide– kills mildew and is an excellent disinfectant.
- Natural Dish Soap– cleans, helps lift away dirt, cuts through grease and wax build up.
- Borax (sodium borate)– cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, and softens water.
- Rubbing Alcohol– is an excellent disinfectant.
- Washing Soda (sodium carbonate decahydrate)- cuts grease, removes stains, and softens water.
- Essential Oils (Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Citrus…)– antibacterial and anti fungal power plus it leaves behind a natural fragrance.
These are your basic necessary ingredients that will allow you to make all different kinds of homemade cleaners to use around your home. You should stock up on these, buying the largest containers that you can, and more than one if they are on sale.
The great thing about this homemade natural cleaner ingredient list is that most of them are very inexpensive! Natural homemade cleaning is not only better for you and your family, it will save you money too! The most expensive items on this list are the castile soap and tea tree oil, but they are both very concentrated so a little goes a long way and should last you a while. Also, they are both multi-functional, so they will come to good use all around your home.
So the next time you plan to go to the store make sure to add these items to your list. You can find these at your local grocery store and/or health food store. Or if you’d rather order online, you can find all of these products on Amazon.
I hope this post was helpful or at the very least motivates you to start looking at the products you are using to clean your home. Is there anything you think I missed and would like to add to my homemade cleaner ingredient list? Comment & share below and like always stay tune :)