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The Best Eight All-Natural Cleaners For Your De-cluttered Home

Spring cleaning is really a 2 phase process.  First one involves de-cluttering your stuff, the second involves the actual cleaning.  If you have already tidied up your house, why not try all-natural cleaners to clean your home?  My husband was the one who first introduced me to natural cleaners.  I remember watching him spraying down my cellphone left and right with a blue spray bottle.  I totally freaked out because I thought he was going to make my cellphone all wet.  But then he explained it was just a mist of vinegar and water to disinfect my phone. Vinegar and water?  Who would have thought!  Speaking of cellphones, don’t forget to de-clutter your smart devices as well!

Ever since then, I started making my own natural cleaners whenever I can.  Some worked wonders, some not so well.  These are the try-and-true cleaners that you must give a try.  You will be surprised at how effective they are and how easy they are to make!  Not to mention all the benefits you get for using natural cleaners. You are minimizing exposure to commercial cleaners that contain VOCs, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates and other substances, which trigger asthma, allergies and other health issues.

Why use natural cleaners in your home?

  • Safer home for your family and pets
  • Better for your health
  • Better for the environment
  • Saves money
  • Saves space

These 8 all natural ingredients can be mixed differently to create all kinds of effective cleaners for various purposes.

Basic recipes to start your all-natural cleaning:

  1. All Purpose Disinfectant.  1 part vinegar : 1 part water.  Spray on sinks, counter tops, work desk and cellphones.  Let it sit for 5 minutes. Wipe with a damp rag.  Note: do not use over stone surfaces like marble and granite counter tops.
  2. All Purpose Cleaner. 1 cup water : 1/2 cup white vinegar : 1 tablespoon castile soap.  Spray on sinks, counter tops and toilet.  Let it sit for 5 minutes. Wipe with a wet rag.  For fragrance, add in lemon peels or a few drops of tea tree oil to the mix.  Note: do not use over stone surfaces like marble and granite counter tops.
  3. Grout and Tile. Make a paste by mixing baking soda with a dash water of water.  Apply to grout and tile. Spray with vinegar : water solution which will cause the paste to fizz.  Let it react for a couple of minutes.  Scrub with toothbrush.
  4. Burnt Pots & Pans.  I love this one!  1/2 cup vinegar : juice of 1 lemon.  Spray on pots and pans.  Sprinkle enough baking soda to cover all the burnt surfaces which will create a fizz.  Let it react for a couple of minutes and spray more vinegar : lemon solution.  Let it sit for 5 minutes.  Scrub with a toothbrush or scouring pad.
  5. Cast Iron. Rub pan with a paste of coarse salt and water.  Rinse with hot water.  Dry with towel or heat over stove.
  6. Cutting Board.  Rub lemon and salt. Let it sit for 5 minute.  Rinse with water. Also great for shower glass scum and bath tub!
  7. Microwave.  1 cup water : 5 lemon slices : 1/4 cup vinegar in microwavable bowl.  Microwave 3-4 min until it boils.  Let it sit for 10 minutes.  Wipe down with damp rag.
  8. Oven. 3/4 cup baking soda : 1/4 cup salt : 1/4 cup water.  Wet all surface of oven with a cloth.  Apply solution throughout (avoid vent openings)  Let it sit over night.  Scrub with a damp sponge or scouring pad.
  9. Glass. 1 tablespoon castile soap : 1 cup hot water (hot water will help activate compounds in the soap).  Spray and wipe down damp cloth. Spray with vinegar and water solution. Use squeegee to remove any soap scums.
  10. Sticker Residue. 1 part oil : 1 part baking soda. Mix and cover sticker residue. Let is sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub and rinse off with warm water.
  1. Toilet Bowl.  Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree oil in toilet.  Let it sit for 5 minutes. Pour 1 cup of vinegar.  Scrub and flush.
  2. Wood Polish. 1 tablespoon olive oil : juice of 1 lemon : 1 tablespoon water. Rub solution on wood and wipe with clean cloth.

Here are more awesome cleaning recipes!

Vinegar – 45 Uses For Vinegar from All You

Baking Soda – 51 Fantastic Uses For Baking Soda from care2

Lemon – 10 Clever Ways To Clean With Lemon from kitchn

Castile Soap – One Good Thing from Jilee

Salt – Over 60 Ways To Use Salt from Reader’s Digest

Tea Tree Oil – 12 Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil Around The House from Woman’s Day

Olive Oil – 6 Way To Clean With Olive Oil from Apartment Therapy

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