Keeping our homes clean is very important, and there are so many cleaning products on the market. But what if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to clean your home? Not to worry, there are many natural ingredients that you can use to keep your home clean, disinfected, and smelling fresh. As a matter of fact, you probably already have a lot of these natural cleaning ingredients in your home.
Some of the natural items that you can use to clean your home naturally include lemons, olive oil, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and salt. Let’s talk about how you can use these items to get and keep your home sparkling clean.
Natural Cleaning Supplies
Let’s take a look at each and every one of my favorite natural cleaning supplies, and how I use them.
Lemons make a great natural cleaner and they are naturally antibacterial too. They also smell amazing!
Use a cut lemon sprinkled with baking soda to clean your countertops. Wipe the counters down with the lemon and then wipe it down with a wet sponge and dry it. This tip is not for delicate countertops like those made of granite, marble, or stainless steel. The lemon may discolor them.
Lemons can also be used to clean your cutting board. Just squeeze the juice of half lemon onto the board, rub it in, and let it sit for twenty minutes before rinsing it.
Clean your garbage disposal with freshly cut lemons too. Just cut the lemons in half, throw them down the disposal, and turn it on. Your disposal will be clean and fresh in no time.
Don’t have fresh lemons on hand? I also like to use lemon essential oil for cleaning. It has the same power, and is something to keep on hand with your natural cleaning supplies.
Mixing a paste of baking soda and water will create a natural, non-abrasive scouring agent that you can use to clean your sink, stovetop, or bathtub. Just spoon the mixture in the area that you want to clean and use your fingertips or a sponge to rub it in. If you have a really tough mess, you can add a little liquid dish soap to the baking soda mixture. Wipe the mixture off with a damp towel and enjoy the shine.
Polish chrome fixtures by rubbing them with a baking soda and water mixture. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to see them sparkle like new.
Remove stubborn soap scum in the tub by sprinkling a damp cloth with baking soda. Rub the cloth vigorously over the soap scum and watch it disappear.
Clean your shower grout with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. Apply with an old toothbrush. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, scrub the grout with the toothbrush, and then rinse clean.
Keep your drains and pipes clear by pouring vinegar down the drain and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes run water down the drain to clear the remaining vinegar. If you have a stubborn clog or a stinky drain pour baking soda down the drain first, and then pour vinegar down the drain.
Do you have moldy walls or window sills? Spray full-strength vinegar on the affected areas and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, wipe the area down with a wet rag and let it dry thoroughly.
Are your hand-washed glasses looking spotty and dull? Add ½ a cup vinegar to your sink of water and dishwashing liquid and they will be clear and sparkling.
Olive oil and lemon juice can be used to make a furniture polish and buff out any scratches or scuff marks in the wood as well. Mix two cups of olive oil (or vegetable oil) with the juice of one lemon and use a soft cloth to work it into the wood.
A paste of olive oil (or vegetable oil) and salt can be used to remove any cooked-on food or debris from your cast iron pans. Rub the paste around until the food has been released and then rinse the pan with water and dry thoroughly.
Shine your stainless steel appliances, pots, and sinks by applying a small amount of olive oil to a soft cloth and buffing the item. This will stop streaks, water spots, corrosion, and tarnishing.
A small amount of olive oil applied to your silver will slow down the tarnishing process. Just rub a cloth with a drop or two of olive oil over your polished silver to slow down the oxidation that causes silver to appear tarnished.
A small amount of olive oil can be used to soften and condition your leather furniture and prevent cracking. Just pour a small amount on a clean dry cloth and gently apply the oil to the furniture in small circles.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a disinfectant throughout your home. You can simply pour hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and use it to spray down door knobs, light switches, countertops, and cutting boards and then wipe them down.
Kill the dust mites that live in your mattress by spraying it with hydrogen peroxide once a month. Make sure that you allow the mattress to dry completely before you remake the bed.
If you don’t like the idea of using bleach to whiten your whites, try using a cup of hydrogen peroxide instead. Just add the peroxide to the washer or the bleach dispenser before starting the load.
Natural Cleaning Tools
Ready to get started with natural cleaning? Here are some of my go to supplies in a handy list for easy reference.