A lot of the cleaning products we use at home contain harmful chemicals that can damage the body. While a small amount may not be detrimental to your health, there are specific products that can be extremely toxic.
To be safe, you can try these 9 Eco-friendly cleaning products that you can make from home with safe and natural ingredients. The best part? You can end up saving a lot of money using natural ingredients, on both your health and when shopping. Most of these ingredients you can already find in your pantry.
1. Glass Cleaner
For those dirty mirrors and windows, water and vinegar is enough to do this trick. Add in some orange essential oil for a nice scent to spread throughout your house. One of the most dangerous ingredients in the average glass cleaner is Monoethanolamine. This can cause corrosion of the respiratory tract, skin and eyes. In severe amounts, leave you unconscious.
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1/2 Cup of White Or Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup of 70% Concentration Rubbing Alcohol
- 1-2 Drops Of Orange Essential Oil For A Nice Scent
Once you combine ingredients, shake well in a spray bottle and spray first onto a cloth or paper towel and then on glass.
Note: Cleaning windows on hot days may cause the solution to dry extra quick and leave streaks on your mirrors.
2. Grease Cleaner
We know that after cooking we often find grease on our grills and stoves. This natural grease cleaner will leave your stove top looking new and shiny. You can use it anywhere that has leftover residue from cooking, such as the stove, barbeque, oven or grill. This recipe calls you to mix ammonia with enough water to fill a 1-gallon container. Mix thoroughly.
- 1/2 Cup of Sudsy Ammonia
- 1 Gallon of Water
For this recipe, dip a sponge or mop in the solution and rub it over the surface you want to clean. Once finished, rinse the area again with clean water.
3. Rust & Heavy Scrub
This one is great for rust or for sinks and bathtubs. It’s excellent at getting off the remaining mildew you might find after taking a shower or some gunk found on your kitchen or bathroom sink. All it takes is a lemon and some borax, a laundry booster that should be found in the laundry aisle at any local grocery store or supermarket.
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1/2 Cup of Borax
Take the lemon half and dip it into the borax solution and scrub the area you wish to clean. When finished, rinse with clean water.
4. All-Purpose Cleaner
Great for any surface, I tend to use this all-purpose cleaner to rub the dirt and grease off of my counter tops, appliances, and refrigerator. It’s great for getting off heavy-duty stains and residue.
- 4 tbsp of Baking Soda
- 1 Quart of Warm Water
Mix the solution thoroughly in a bucket and then dip with a sponge or cleaning rag. Apply to surface that you wish to clean and wipe.
5. Stain Remover For Clothing
This recipe is great for clothes that are heavily-stained or bleached. Use this as a last resort if no other method works. This will definitely get the toughest of stains out of your clothes.
- 1 Gallon of Hot Water
- 1 Cup of Dishwashing Detergent (preferably powdered)
- 1 Cup of Chlorine Bleach (regular)
Mix ingredients in a bowl that isn’t aluminum bowl. Stainless steel and enamel are great materials to handle this solution. Take the stained piece of clothing and leave the stained area soaked in the solution for 15-20 minutes. If the stain is still noticeable after this time, continue for a bit longer. After stain is gone, wash article as normal.
6. Dishwasher Stain-Away
While the dishwasher does a great job of washing dirty dishes, sometimes that leftover food can be stuck to the walls and leave heavy stains. This natural ingredient will make the inside or outside of any dishwasher look like new. And there’s only one ingredient, powdered lemon. This works due to the citric acid found in lemon juice.
- 1/4 Cup of Powdered Lemon
Pour the powdered lemon into the detergent container and run the dishwasher as normal. Not only will it leave it sparkling clean, but you’ll get a nice, lemony scent as well.
7. Water Ring Remover
Sometimes we forget to use coasters or simply leave our glass of water on a table surface. This solution will work great for those leftover water rings.
- 1/4 Cup of Non-Gel Toothpaste
- 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
First get a clean cloth and dampen it. Pour the toothpaste and baking soda mixture onto the cloth and scrub the surface. When finished, wipe with a dry cloth. I don’t recommend using this solution on wood furnishings, or it might damage your surface.
8. Marble & Stone Counter Cleaner
For those of you with marble counter tops, this solution is perfect. You’ll be sure to have these two ingredients in your home and it’s incredibly easy to make and apply.
- 2 Drops of Dishwashing Liquid
- 2 Cups of Warm Water
Place the water and dishwashing liquid in a small container and mix thoroughly. Dampen sponge with solution and scrub off desired area. Buff off solution with a dry rag, as you don’t want the solution to air-dry.
Note: Never use acidic substances (such as lemon)on marble or granite counters as it will eat away the stone.
9. Brass Cleaner
This one is great for the bathroom, non-lacquered cabinet pulls, or any area of your house which might have a brass surface.
- 1/4 cup of White Vinegar
- A Sprinkle Table Salt
Dampen a clean sponge with white vinegar and sprinkle on salt. Apply to desired surface. When finished, rinse with water and then buff over with a dry cloth.
There’s no point in damaging your wallet or your health when it comes to cleaning products. Most of the ingredients in this article can easily be found in your pantry and take less than a minute to make.
To save even more money, I can often find discounted prices by buying specific cleaning products at a cheap price on Amazon, such as regular bleach or ammonia. With Amazon Prime it will be shipped to your house within two days for free.
A word of caution: never mix ammonia with bleach. These two substances can create an incredibly toxic fume that is hazardous to your health. Before mixing anything, please consult with an adult and read all labels and safety precautions.
Is there anything on this list that you’d like to add? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!