Natural Cleaning Recipes for your Home

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When I became pregnant with my first child, I researched natural cleaning recipes for your home.  I was worried about the toxins that go into store-bought cleaners. I used my chemistry background to tweek the natural cleaning recipes until I had a perfect mix.

I started by switching my laundry soap. I still remember the first week I ran out of my natural cleaning laundry soap and had to use the store bought detergent. My husband came home from work and threw all his (clean) clothes back into the hamper. He brought home the ingredients I needed for my natural cleaning recipe and asked me to make a new batch. He had spent the entire workday with a migraine headache because of the store bought detergents fragrance.

After that I created quite a few natural cleaning recipes for your home. Some of the recipes I have posted on Little People Wealth are shown below.

Natural Cleaning Recipes for your Home

One of my favorite parts of my natural cleaning recipes for your home is the fact that I can scent them with whatever I feel like using that day. I used different essential and fragrance oils for each recipe. My babies clothes were washed in a “orange dreamsicle” soap (orange essential oil and vanilla fragrance oil). My own clothes were usually washed in a Rose Peppermint. I had a few more masculine oils that I would use on my husbands clothes. It is not a strong scent like the store-bought, but it is pleasant.

I used to sell my natural cleaning recipes for your home on Hyenacart. I have since shut my store down, but I am in the middle of writing an E-Book on the natural cleaning recipes and a few natural cleaning tips. Follow me on RSS/Email, facebook, and/or twitterand you will be the first to know when it is released!

Natural Cleaning Recipes for your Home
Natural Cleaning Recipes for your Home

Natural Cleaning Tips

  • Always have vinegar and baking soda on hand, both are common ingredients for natural cleaning recipes for your home
  • A newspaper makes a great “towel” to clean glass
  • Dollar General carries plastic spray bottles that are great to use when you make your own natural cleaners
  • Camden-Grey is a great place to find essential oils used in natural cleaning recipes for your home
  • Olive oil makes a great polish
  • Pour boiling water (after you hardboil an egg or cook pasta for example) down the drain to help keep it clear
  • Use the juice of a lemon to freshen drains

Using natural cleaning recipes for your home can sometimes help cleaning on a budget , but the main benefit to using natural cleaning recipes is getting the toxins that are in store bought cleaners out of your home. You can see in my living green and at this home cleaning site the difference between a disinfectant made with a natural cleaning recipe for your home and a store-bought disinfectant. Both work, but one does not make you sick!

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1 Cleanex April 19, 2013 at 4:04 am

People really have become very dependent on store bought cleaning products but in the home they are not always necessary (as you found). I just read an article on Which that says you can use anything from vinegar, salt and one that I know works well is baking soda (which you mention above).

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2 Heidi April 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

I try not to use the harsh store bought cleaners :) Thanks for commenting,

Heidi
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3 House Cleaners April 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

I bet your clothes smell magnificent because of the essential oils. I intend to soon try pure castile soap for doing the laundry. Reusing the water is a great idea. I love such green ideas, and I will make sure everyone at the company knows about this solution. Keep the excellent work!
Best regards,
Cheryl
Cleaning House London

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4 Heidi April 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Thanks Cheryl :)
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5 grease trap cleaning NYC May 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

My house for me is truly a place where my heart is. It’s a place where I am happy to be there. A place which makes me forget the stress and hard work of the day. My and my family’s memories are attached to it, the good and the bad! I love my house and I want to keep it clean and hygienic every time.

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6 Heidi June 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Agree!
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7 Nicole May 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I started looking into natural cleaning when I took off work and could not afford to buy the name band stuff. I find that I get more for my money making my own products.
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8 Heidi June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

They are usually a lot cheaper than the store products (and safer)!
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9 Jason Valasek June 11, 2013 at 6:23 am

We are so dependent on store bought cleaning products. May be its time to try these natural cleaning recipes. Look forward to your e-book release. Thanks for the tips and great info.
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10 Heidi June 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Thanks Jason
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11 houston windshields June 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

Looks like it that way, you are doing it correctly.

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12 Heidi June 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

thanks
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13 Leesburg July 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

My mother taught me the many uses of vinegar and especially baking soda when I was just a child and they are the mainstays of my cleaning today.

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14 Heidi July 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

They are the best ingredients!
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15 Nicole Stanley July 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

I grew up with a cleaning lady so mom never taught me to clean…..so this has been quite the experience researching. I would appreciate any info on what you use to clean…. I am sure many of us have benefited from this useful advice its good to prepare home made solution for cleaning and I do prefer the same.

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16 Ave July 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I started looking for natural cleaning products, when I found out that I’m having a baby. So far I have been using vinegar and baking soda a lot. Will try out some of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!
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17 Heidi July 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

that’s great Ave, congratulations :)
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18 UHI123 August 16, 2013 at 6:55 am

Our house always has baking soda. My Mom said that it has so many cleaning purposes that any other chemical based product does not have.

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19 Heidi August 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Yep, it’s a great thing to always have on hand!
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20 Orlando Window Cleaning August 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Heidi – wonderful post with great tips and ‘recipes’ for the natural cleaners. We’ve certainly seen this as a growing trend with our window cleaning clients too.

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21 Ardian January 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

I agreed with you Heidi. My mom also used baking soda for cleaning our house, simple but works. And now i will tell her to use the other one, which you mentioned above.

Thanks alot for sharing :)
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22 Heidi February 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Baking soda can do anything!
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23 Infobarrel Writing February 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

What!! I had no idea about this stuff. I was just searching on google types on organic cleaning products and came across this. My wife is real big on getting away from all of the chemicals. Thanks for the great insight and tips.

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24 philip jay March 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Hi Heidi, i’ve found the new method to make a new cleanser from natural: the usage of tea tree oil or green tea oil in your current recipe. Its can work great if you’re blending these oil together. Just try it! Thanks for sharing. Sorry for my bad english typing :D

Jay.

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25 Ryan W March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Nice tips there! Vinegar, baking soda and lime juice seem to work well for me, though the effectiveness might vary at times depending on where you apply them.
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26 TopHomeTech April 10, 2014 at 12:35 am

Hi Heidi!!! According to my personal experience, homemade cleaner works best for laminate wood floors. My personal recipes includes Water-Vinegar Solution (White vinegar – 60 ml,Plain water – 1 liter)

Baby Shampoo Solution(Baby shampoo/liquid dish detergent – 30ml,Warm water – 4 liters)

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27 Samantha from GreenAir April 12, 2014 at 4:09 am

A natural cleaning recipe that you have mentioned for homes and offices is very useful and I have tested it. Also, the smell of these homemade products is wonderful and it spreads freshness all over the home. Since starting, I was not in the favor of using the chemical products for cleaning home and always look for such green cleaning recipes. Thanks a lot for giving such hygienic recipes.

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28 Matt April 29, 2014 at 1:06 am

Just now finding your site. “Spend small to live large” has been my life’s motto, I love it!
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29 Heidi May 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Thanks for stopping by :)
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30 Carpet cleaning Atlanta ga May 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

At home we use powder starch to help deodorize carpets, couch and throw pillows starch are known to absorb filthy odors.

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31 Angel Maids June 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Natural and Organic cleaners are EXACTLY what we should be doing in today’s day and age. It is the only type of products we use since we know it keeps people’s family and pets safe, and we would want the same thing if someone was using cleaners in our households. I love the fact that you’re promoting this type of natural cleaning and hopefully it helps and urges people to adopt this habit as well. Not only is it the safest, it’s also not the expensive to make yourself!

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32 Lola July 20, 2014 at 6:57 am

Thanks for the tips.Newspapers are great for cleaning windows, i use them all the time.
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33 Heidi July 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

I have heard quite a few people rave about newspapers for glass (I don’t get one though).

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