15 DIY Natural Home Cleaning Hacks You Will Love

Why not give a try to these DIY natural home cleaning recipes? They will help you make a switch to a safer, cleaner, and chemical-free home. It’s another advantage of having an eco-friendly lifestyle!

15 Natural Home Cleaning Hacks for a green, non-toxic, and eco-friendly lifestyle.

What is the problem with using toxic cleaning products?

Harmful Health Effects of Household Cleaners

According to the EWG, using chemical-based cleaning products can pollute the indoor air and affect our health. Some of these health concerns include :

  • Allergy triggers
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Skin irritations
  • Eye health problems
  • Risk of cancer
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • and much more.

Chemicals in Cleaning Products Affect Environments

Not only is it bad for our health, but it can kill wildlife and damage the environment. How?

  • Greenhouse gases from toxic substances contribute to global climate change.
  • Most big brand cleaning products come in disposable plastic packaging that ends up in rivers and oceans, which can damage our ecosystem that coral reefs and animals need to thrive.

Has that convinced you to make the switch to a natural home cleaning routine yet? If not, these next points might.

What Store-bought Cleaning Products Are Most Dangerous?

  1. Air fresheners
  2. Toilet and drain cleaners
  3. Dishwasher detergents and degreasers
  4. Various floor and furniture cleaning solutions
  5. Laundry detergents, scent boosters, and fabric sheets

“Even cleaning products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Manufacturers can use almost any ingredient they choose, including known carcinogens, and substances known to pose health or environmental hazards.”

In California, Cleaning Products Come Clean on Ingredients – EWG.ORG

The sad truth is that the companies behind cleaning products aren’t monitored or enforced to follow strict guidelines in most states. For that reason, they’ll most likely get away with labeling a product as “eco-friendly” even though it might still contain compounds that are toxic.

List of Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Cleaners:

The most common chemicals that you’ll find in mainstream cleaning products on store shelves are:

Ammonia, Butoxyethanol, Chlorine Bleach, Diethanolamine, Monoethanolamine, Nonylphenol ethoxylates, Phenols, Phosphates, Phthalates, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
Sodium dichloroisocyanurate dehydrate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium laureth sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Synthetic fragrances, Triclosan, Triethanolamine

Source: AlphaZelle.com

To find out which products contain the harmful ingredients listed above, please check out this handy guide at AlphaZelle.

Replace Toxic Chemicals with Better Choices

The next time you want to purchase a cleaning product from your local retailer, be sure to check out EWG’s Healthy Living App first. After you download the app, you can start scanning products. You’ll be able to check the rating and find out if the products you’re considering using contain any of the chemicals listed above.

Using this app will allow you to make better choices for the health and safety of your family and the environment. The best thing you can do is switch out harmful cleaners for more natural ones. Start by whipping up your own solutions!

The Best DIY Natural Home Cleaning Hacks You Will Love

Get your journey to natural home cleaning started with these helpful recipes and tips below!

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Great for glass, windows, pet stains, carpets, and more!

Find this recipe from Maro at akamantra HERE.

Natural Window Cleaner

Uses only TWO ingredients! Have a cup of tea and clean with it too!

Find this recipe from Amy at DIY Candy HERE.

hand holding small mason jar with homemade air freshener

Homemade Air Freshener

An eco-friendly air freshener that doubles as a carpet cleaner.

Find this recipe from Kristie at Saving Dollars & Sense HERE.

bucket vinegar and repurposed socks

Vinegar Window & Blinds Cleaner

A fast, simple, and non-toxic cleaner for clean windows and dust-free blinds!

Find this recipe from Chelsea at Sew Simple Home HERE.

Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs

Get rid of smelly odors by dropping one of 3-ingredient tabs inside your trashcan.

Find this recipe from Lisa at Retro Housewife Goes Green HERE.

spray bottle on top of granite countertop

Natural DIY Granite Cleaner

An everyday natural solution for cleaning your kitchen countertops.

Find this recipe from Amy at DIY Candy HERE.

Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Get clean & shiny floors with this amazing non-toxic recipe that won’t leave your floors slippery! Great natural alternative if you have a crawling baby in the house.

Find this recipe from Ashley at Practical Self Reliance HERE.

DIY Grout Cleaner

Grab an old toothbrush and fix up this lemon-based grout cleaner for those hard to clean spots.

Find this recipe from Ann at Ann’s Entitled Life HERE.

person with scrub glove holding faucet

Tea Tree Bathroom Scrub

Use this homemade bathroom cleaner for deep cleaning the toughest spots.

Find this recipe from Chrysa at thriftyJinxy HERE.

DIY Toilet Cleaner Tabs

Pop one of these into your toilet and allow it to do some fast and natural cleaning magic!

Find this recipe from Lisa at Retro Housewife Goes Green HERE.

Non-toxic Foaming Hand Soap

Create your own custom soap that is free from toxic chemicals!

Find this recipe from Steph at Steph Fortune HERE.

All Natural Linen Spray

Freshening up your laundry & bedroom just got even better with this aromatic linen spray infused with lavender & orange essential oils.

Find this recipe from Stephanie at The Diary of a Debutante HERE.

washing machine

Non-toxic Bleach Alternative

Brighten your clothes and disinfect just about anything in your home with this bleach replacement.

Find this recipe from Kristie at Saving Dollars & Sense HERE.

glass drink dispenser with natural liquid laundry detergent

Liquid Castile Laundry Detergent

Save money & eliminate toxic chemicals with this Castile soap detergent.

Find this recipe from Holly at Pink Fortitude HERE.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

I love this alternative to fabric softener sheets. But who would’ve ever thought to make their own dryer balls? Genius!

Find this recipe from Meredith at An Open Home by Meredith Amand HERE.

The Last Thing You Need to Know Before Making The Switch To Natural Home Cleaning Methods

Given these points, here are just a few more tips before you spend the rest of your day cleaning…

  1. Use glass spray bottles
  2. Store large batches in jars
  3. Skip paper towels and use old t-shirts and rags instead
  4. Choose a walnut sponge over a regular sponge
  5. Opt-in for cleaning accessories made with bamboo to reduce the amount of plastic that will go to a landfill.

By switching to a natural-based cleaning routine, you’re less likely to put a risk on your health and you’ll be protecting animals, their habitat, and the environment in which we all live.

I hope you get to try a few of these DIY natural home cleaning hacks. Be sure to share your results in the comments below and let us know if you have any green favorites 🙂

Blissfully,

Erna

15 natural and non-toxic DIY recipes and alternatives to clean your home.

Sources:

Environmental Working Group

Blue & Green Tomorrow

American Lung Association

Founder of Enjoy The Eco Things

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