simple ingredients

You can make your own household cleaners with very simple non-toxic but effective ingredients that you probably already own.

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Are you already eating healthy foods?

Are you trying to eliminate toxins in your home?

Would you like to learn how to make your own simple, non-toxic cleaners that are very inexpensive to make?

This is part 2 of my 2 part cleaning series. Here is the link to my first part. You might also like to download my FREE Spring Cleaning Guide here.

Advertisements want us to believe that we need a special cleaner for every area of the house. Unfortunately, most of them are laden with toxic chemicals. They are very bad for our health and for the environment!

Luckily, we can use every-day ingredients to make our own cleaners. If you’re just getting started with making your own cleaners, you only need a few ingredients. Once you’re comfortable with making your own cleaners you can always add some more.

So what are my favorite ingredients?

Sal Suds

dr bronner's sal suds

I love Sal Suds! It is a non-toxic, concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner. It is made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir needle and spruce essential oils (no cheap, harsh pine stump oil), without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives (from Dr. Bronner’s website).

Best of all, it is very effective but gentle to your skin. What’s not to love! Since it is concentrated you won’t need much and one bottle will last you a long time.

You can find it here.

White Vinegar

5% white vinegar

Vinegar is a cheap, effective cleaner. It removes stains and odors, cuts through grease, and removes mildew. You can use it alone or mixed with other cleaners (see recipes below). You can either find it here or in your grocery store.

Bon Ami

bon ami powder cleanser

Bon Ami has been around since 1886. It is made from limestone, feldspar, biodegradable detergent, soda ash, and baking soda. In other words, ingredients you can pronounce.

I love using Bon Ami on my white porcelain farmhouse sink. It’s also excellent for bathroom sinks, bath tubs, and anywhere you need a bit more scrubbing.

Lemons/Lemon Juice


Lemon juice bleaches and is antibacterial. Rubbing it on your wooden cutting board is a great way to clean and disinfect it. Just let it sit and then rinse it off with water.

Rubbing Alcohol/Vodka

Alcohol is also a disinfectant. You can either use rubbing alcohol that you can find in drug stores. Alternatively, you can buy vodka – just get something cheap.

There is a good chance you already own some essential oils. They are a great addition to your cleaning routine.

Now here are 3 basic cleaner recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sal suds
  • optional: add a few drops of essential oils (such as lemon, tea tree, rosemary etc).
  • Measure ingredients and pour into a glass bottle.

ingredients for homemade all-purpose cleaner

Dish Soap:

  • 1/4 cup sal suds
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 -5 drops of essentials oils ( such as lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, etc)
  • Measure ingredients and pour into a glass bottle
ingredients for homemade dish soap

Glass Cleaner:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka
  • 2 – 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Measure ingredients and fill into a glass spray bottle
ingredients for homemade glass cleaner

As for bottles, you can certainly re-use any empty cleaner bottle. However, you can rinse any 16 oz or 32 oz glass bottle (from apple cider vinegar for example), peel off the label, and put a spray nozzle on top. You can find them here. If you’d like to buy some spray bottles, you can get them here.

If you’re interested in making your own laundry detergent, check this post!

Have you tried non-toxic homemade cleaners? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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