Spring has cleaning on my mind, so I thought it was time for a post on some easy, cheap solutions you can use in your home. The best part is, they are non-toxic!
Minimalism has made me more intentional about the things I bring into my home. And one of those things is the products I use.
I’ve been trying to cut out toxins in our home for awhile. It’s been a slow process. It’s important to me that our home is a haven from all the harmful things we are exposed to. I used to think I had to make all the changes all at once. Clean products, clean eating, healthy habits. But I’ve learned baby steps are better than nothing.
I started with switching out things that were easy, my shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup (you can read about some of my favorites here).
Most recently, I’ve been working on switching out cleaning products. These are actually fairly easy to switch out because you can make many of these yourself.
There are millions of bloggers out there with their favorite clean brands and recipes for cleaning solutions.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed. In fact, that’s why I put this off for so long. And while it’s much easier to buy brands that are non-toxic, it’s more expensive.
I thought I’d share some simple recipes you can use that don’t require you going out and buying a bunch of ingredients.
They are simple, but effective.
Natural Cleaning Solutions You Can Make Today
Many of these solutions require essential oils. These are easy to find and as long as you’re not using them topically or ingesting them, I wouldn’t worry too much about the quality (I know I might get flak from loyal oilies for that. Feel free to research on what kind of oils to buy, purity, sourcing, etc. I’m not an expert on all that and I think most essential oils you get are effective.) If you do want recommendations, here are a few of my favorite brands.
All-Purpose Cleaner (EO)
1 cup distilled vinega
1 cup water
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 cup water
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops lemon essential oil
Baking Soda Scrub
A mixture of baking soda and warm water will get gunk off of your stove top and tub.
Just add some water to baking soda until it forms a paste and scrub, scrub, scrub!
Dryer Sheet Alternative
This isn’t a recipe, but I believe it’s worth mentioning.
Instead of using dryer sheets, which are chock full of harmful chemicals, get some wool balls like these that can go in with your laundry. They will prevent static cling and help your clothes dry faster. You can even add a few drops of essential oil for a nicer smell. I add lavender to mine.
These are just a few ideas I’ve tried personally and as I test out more, I’ll share them with you. I only want to share things that have really worked for me. If you have suggestions, feel free to comment or message me!
If you truly would rather buy already made products, here are some that are non-toxic that I have personally tried and loved .
Ecos– They have a variety of products. I’ve tried dish soap and laundry detergent.
Ecover– I’ve used the dishwasher tablets but they also have laundry products
Dr. Bronner’s– Well known for castile soap which can be used in a variety of DIY recipes!!! (Just don’t mix with vinegar!!! Trust me, it’ll be gross!)
I have also tried a handful of products from brands that market themselves as natural or green, but upon really researching the ingredients, some of them still contain toxic chemicals.
That’s why I’m a huge advocate of doing research yourself. Just because something sounds natural and had a label that says it is, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
To be fair, there are some products I just haven’t been able to replace yet with something all-natural because the products are not as effective in performance. Pick your battles, I say. Even if a product isn’t 100% natural or clean, sometimes it’s still better than the commercial alternatives.
Have you tried swapping out chemicals in your home? What are some things you have tried or have wanted to try?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.