5 Natural Homemade Cleaners

Cleaning your home is an important and necessary job. Of course, it’s not always fun, but you don’t want to make things worse by damaging your skin with the products you’re using.

Sometimes even the best store-bought cleaners can get onto your skin and cause irritation and dryness. Gloves don’t make you bulletproof, either. The cleaner can leak into the gloves or simply hit your skin in other spots. Not to mention the ingredients in many of these cleaners can be bad for your eyes and lungs.

That’s why today I wanted to offer some cleaners that you can easily make at home with gentle ingredients. That way, when and if you do get cleaner on your skin, it’s nothing to worry about!

Are citrus and vinegar disinfectants?

Many of the cleaning mixtures below call for a type of vinegar or citrus. These are both great deodorizers and do have some ability to kill bacteria, but they’re not technically disinfectants. If you need to make sure you’re killing all types of bacteria – including pathogens – then you should consider something stronger. But for everyday cleaning, that’s not usually necessary! 

Even though these mixtures aren’t as harsh as store-bought cleaners, it would still be a good idea to wear gloves when handling these, especially if you have sensitive skin. The acidity of vinegar and citrus can cause irritation. 

 Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble, as it will eat into the stone. 

1. Scented all-purpose cleaner

Here’s what you’ll need for this fresh-smelling all-purpose cleaner:

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

Combine all ingredients into an empty spray bottle, shake, and let infuse for about a week before using. Once done, you can use this cleaner to wipe down garbage bins, wall stains, hard water stains, and more.

2. Kitchen cleaner and deodorizer 

Here’s all you need for this simple, yet effective, kitchen cleaner:

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 quart warm water

This mixture is great for kitchen counters, appliances, and the inside of your fridge. To deodorize and create a nice shine, rub the above ingredients into the surface as a paste. Then, rinse and buff dry. 

3. DIY glass cleaner

Here’s what you’ll need for this quick and easy glass cleaner:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white or cider vinegar 
  • ¼ cup 70% concentration rubbing alcohol 
  • 1-2 drops orange essential oil (optional)

Combine these ingredients into a spray bottle and use them on your windows. Due to the alcohol, it may be best to wear gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

Don’t wash your windows on a hot, sunny day, as the cleaner will quickly evaporate and leave streaks. If you’re cleaning mirrors, spray the solution onto a cloth or paper towel before wiping.

4. Homemade brass cleaner

Easily put together this polishing cleaner with the following ingredients: 

  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Table salt  

For this one, dampen a sponge with the vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on the salt. Lightly rub the sponge over the surface – this could work for decor, door handles, or bathroom fixtures – and then rinse well with water. Dry it off with a soft cloth right away. 

5. Natural marble cleaner

Here’s what you’ll need for this simple solution:

  • 2 drops gentle dish soap
  • 2 cups warm water

Mix these two ingredients and then soak them up with a sponge. Use the sponge to clean marble, rinsing well after, and drying with a cloth immediately.

Natural cleaners

Chances are, you have many of these ingredients in your home already. So, not only are these cleaners better for your health, they’re easier on the wallet as well! 

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