Thursday, January 21, 2010

Natural House Cleaning, Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies

With so many chemical cleaners on the market these days, and the costs of natural ones going up, it’s nice to be able to make your own. Here are a few of our favorite ways to clean.

To deep clean wooden cutting boards spread baking soda over the surface, then pour vinegar over them. The bubbles will do the deep cleaning. Rinse with hot water and let air dry.

A baking soda and water paste will remove most stains from counter tops and will also remove odors (this also works for hands, for odors anyway).

Eucalyptus essential oil is a great bacteria fighter. Place a few drops on a damp dish cloth and use to wipe down counters. Pine, lavender, lemon and lime essential oils work well also.

To really clean dish towels soak in boiling water to which a few drops of tea tree, eucalyptus or thyme essential oil have been added, then wash as usual.

A mixture of water and vinegar will clean windows, glass surfaces, counters and fixtures. Use a borax and water to help fight mold.

Grease can easily be removed from cooking surfaces with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This also works for cookware, sprinkle baking soda in the pan and cover with vinegar. Let sit over night and clean in the morning.

We regularly pour baking soda and vinegar down our drains, then after a few minutes we flush the drain with boiling water. This helps keep them free of grease and soap scum.

Sprinkling baking soda in the trash container before putting in a bag will help eliminate odors.

A mixture of vegetable oil and lemon juice works well as a furniture polish.

Clean toilets with baking soda and vinegar. We also use biodegradable dish soap for cleaning the toilet. A few drops of essential oil can be added to the toilet tank.

Add vinegar to the final rinse of laundry instead of fabric softener.

We air out the house once a week, even in the middle of winter. My grandmother always said to, so I never questioned it.

For general cleaning we mix some dish soap with very hot water and add a few drops of lemon essential oil. The lemon help fights germs and smells so good that cleaning is almost enjoyable!

A good resource book is:Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun and Frugal Uses You'Ve Probably Never Thought of

We also like using this  trash pod in the car for easy clean ups. It is well made and easy to care for.


  1. What wonderful tips and so easy to incorporate! The other bonus is not having all those plastic spray bottles clogging landfills. I put a few drops of Egyptian geranium essential oil in the litter box as well as baking soda. Works wonders.

  2. Great idea for the litter box, I will have to try that. Thanks!

  3. This is excellent! We use lots of biodegradable cleaners but even using them on our nice chopping blocks feels weird to me. I'll start using the baking powder idea. Cleaning the drains is a must as well. Thanks!

  4. I think you will like how the baking soda works on the cutting boards, just seeing all the bubbling action makes you think it's gotta work!

  5. Wonderful post. I keep a box under my kitchen sink and in under the bathroom sinks as well.

    It works well to keep cars smelling fresh too.

    Thank you!

  6. Thanks for reading, Joey. Baking soda is great for so many different things, as is olive oil, which I am learning more uses for all the time!