It’s easy to go natural when choosing your household cleaners. Not only are natural cleaners non-toxic and better for the environment, they are also a versatile choice that can help you save money. Here are some natural cleaning ideas that will help you clean up your house without cleaning out your bank account. Also, make sure to check out our segment this Thursday on Daybreak as we discuss these wonderful products!
Castile Soap was first made in Spain around the 13th Century and earned the nickname the “queen of soaps” for its cleaning ability. Known for its pure vegetable base this super mild soap has outstanding water softening and cleansing powers compared to harsh soaps and synthetics. It does not cut dirt, but rather dissolves it and is known as an effective option with many different uses. Try it as a household cleaner for floors, countertops and bathrooms. You can also use it as a body wash or to make a wonderful, gentle shampoo featuring your favorite natural fragrances.
Castile and Baking Soda Scrub
Make a homemade soft scrubber by combining 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap and 1/3 cup baking soda to clean up everything in your bathroom including sink, tub, bowl, shower and even tile.
Easy Castile Shampoo Recipe
Use a rinsed out shampoo bottle to start. Add one part liquid castile soap, two parts water (distilled is best) and one tablespoon of olive oil. Gently stir to mix and you are all set. You can add a few drops of essential oil, such as Lavender, to scent if you like.
Watch a simple tutorial about making your own Castile Cleaner courtesy of Lisa from Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps.
TWIST makes a complete collection of naturally spongey, plant based, scrubby cleaning marvels that clean dishes and shine surfaces. You’ll find a variety of helpful, high-quality products from Scrub Sponges and Scour Pads to Dish Dumplings and Euro Sponges. We especially love the Sponge Cloths. One cloth outlasts 17 rolls of paper towels. Talk about an easy way to save money while protecting the planet! www.twistclean.com
BOULDER cleaners do an amazing job of cleaning homes, offices, surfaces, cars, toys, bathrooms, kitchens, playpens….the list goes on and on. Independent tests have shown that BOULDER is effective on stains without compromising ingredients. Each product is biodegradable, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, 100 percent natural and never tested on animals. Plus, products are gentle on your pocketbook. The Apple Starter Kit includes the Dishwashing Liquid, Bathroom Cleaner, Granite, Stainless Steel Cleaner, Glass Cleaner and All-Purpose Cleaner and is just $18.95. www.boulderecocleaners.com
Nature’s Miracle Stain and Pet Odor Removers
Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Removers have been removing tough stains for 25 years. Their family of products utilize nature’s enzymes to completely eliminate stains and odors caused by dogs and cats including accidents, food, drooling bedding stains and even hard-to-get-out messes. Definitely a rug and furniture saving solution that is a must for every pet owner. www.ilovenaturesmiracle.com
Distilled White Vinegar Multipurpose Cleaner
You can do so much with white vinegar to clean your house at a super low cost. It is effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water to create a great multipurpose spray (just keep it away from marble). Use it to naturally deodorize your room, clean smelly plastic containers, refresh drains and fight soap buildup in your dishwasher. Try adding essential oils such as Lavender or Lemon to give your homemade spray a wonderful scent. Get 1001 great vinegar tips here.