Basic Natural Cleaning


Making your own cleaners is a great way to steer clear of chemicals and ingredients you don’t necessarily want near your skin, children, and pets.  If you’ve never tried to make your own cleaners, you might feel daunted by the task.  However, this doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing case. Starting out small is a great way to see how easy it is to switch to natural home cleaning.  The best part about cleaning without all the heavy chemicals, is that you probably have most of the ingredients for some basic things, already. Try some of these basic steps for spiffing up your home.

Sink Cleaning

Use baking soda to scour the sink.  All you need is  a light coating  and a bit of water, and you can scrub that down easily. As a bonus, drop a couple tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain to deodorize it.  No fuss, and no mess! If you need to shine your sink, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of vinegar is just the thing for the deed. Scrub it down and chase it with a bit of water. The vinegar is a deterrent to those pesky fruit flies of summer, as well.

Garbage Disposal Freshener

Collect orange peels in a clear screw top jar.  When you have filled it, pour white vinegar into the jar and cover it tightly. Place in a sunny spot for a week. Next time you need to spruce up the garbage disposal, throw a peel down there and use the disposal as usual.

Surface Sanitizer

Combine equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add in a splash of lemon juice to the mixture.  That’s it! You just made a very simple sanitizer. Use this sanitizer to clean your counters. I promise that the vinegar smell evaporates as it dries.

Stove Top Potpourri

Simmer Orange peels apples, cinnamon stick, and cloves on the stove in a sauce pan with a bit of water to cover them.  It’s a lovely scent that will fill your home without the chemicals!

Start small. See how easy it is to make a few simple changes in your cleaning routine. I promise it’s worth it.


About Becca Russell

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5 Responses to Basic Natural Cleaning

    • Actually, since you mentioned it, have you ever used the white vinegar + orange peel mix as a sanitizer? In my experience, it gets pretty syrup-y, so I have to mix in water too for my spray bottle. Just didn’t know when I should just toss it and start over really.

      • reineejinera says:

        If you use it as a sanitizer, it needs to be diluted with equal part water. Otherwise, yes, you get syrup with some orange peels. Thanks for commenting!

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