Want to clean your home without the harsh chemicals? Check out these 10 natural cleaning hacks for a chemical-free home. You’ll learn simple things you can easily do to clean your home with natural, yet powerfully effective ingredients to keep your family safe and well.
Have you ever read the label for one of your household cleaners? There’s likely a long list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. You don’t need all those harsh chemicals to clean your home. You just need to master a few natural cleaning hacks with simple ingredients. I’ll walk you through how to do that.
Be sure to check out my guide on how to spring clean room by room – it’s like a how-to manual on how to clean your whole home in a day.
10 Natural Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work
1. Keep Lemons and Citrus Fruit Handy
Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit can come in handy for several tough cleaning jobs. Add some salt to your cutting board and use lemon to deeply clean it, or even use it to make your faucets shine.
2. Freshen the Air Naturally
Instead of an aerosol air fresher from the store (which is loaded with chemicals in the fragrance), you can make your own DIY Air Freshener Spray with 3 ingredients. It’s so easy and you’ll wonder why you paid for those pricey air fresheners in the store all these years.
3. Clean Bad Smelling Towels with Vinegar
Add a splash of vinegar to the wash to make your towels smell like new again. Check out these 13 Surprising Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (#8 is my favorite).
4. Use Baking Soda to Remove Smells from Your Carpet
The next time you vacuum your carpets add a sprinkle of baking soda to your carpet first. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and you’ll be left with an odor-free carpet. Check out this DIY Carpet Refresher recipe with baking soda and essential oils to help deodorize carpets.
And check out these 30+ Uses for Baking Soda with a ton of cleaning hacks in the kitchen and bathroom.
5. Use Essential Oils to Fight Harsh Smells
Essential oils are really effective in getting rid of odors. One of my favorite ways to put a couple of drops of essential oils (such as lemongrass, citronella, or a blend such as Thieves) in the bottom of the trash can. It really helps to deodorize smells.
6. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal with a Few Lemon Slices
The next time to freshen up the garbage disposal add a few lemon slices, and then turn on your garbage disposal. The lemon helps to get rid of odors, while the peels from the lemon help to clean out the disposal.
7. Vinegar Can Clean Almost Anything
If you are looking for a cheat to help you clean and disinfect nearly any surface in your home, you can’t go wrong with vinegar. It can be used on many surfaces to clean and sanitize, including food surfaces, kitchens, floors, windows, tubs, tile, laundry and so much more.
The downside with vinegar is the smell. Add lemon juice or essential oils to help with the scent. Vinegar is great in laundry and actually doesn’t leave a scent on fabrics when they’re washed. Check these 13 Surprising Ways to Use Vinegar.
Avoid using vinegar on granite, marble, stone floors or surfaces, hardwood floors, and iron. The acid in the vinegar can breakdown the natural stone, wood and iron.
8. Use Salt to Clean Pans
Salt is a great alternative to baking soda to cleaning cast iron pans. Just sprinkle a little salt in a cast iron pan and use a paper towel to wipe it up. It helps to gently clean off food stuck in the pan. Be sure to check out these tips on how to season cast iron pans to make them cook like non-stick cookware.
9. Make Your Own Cleaners
If you want my best hack, this one would be it. Instead of trying to find natural cleaners in-store, make your own. They usually only require a few simple ingredients, and you may have them in your home already.
Here are my top 10 DIY Natural Cleaner recipes – including household cleaner, reusable cleaning wipes, soft scrub, bleach alternative and more.
10. Microfiber Cloths Can Dust for You
Microfiber cloths are great for dusting. You don’t even need to use a cleaner. Just wipe down the surface using a microfiber cloth. You can use a natural household cleaner as well if you need to clean surfaces but the microfiber cloth itself works great for dusting.
How to Get Started with Essential Oils
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- Check out my FREE online webinars all about essential oils and this beginner’s guide to essential oils.
- Get my essential oils online course – complete with video tutorials, e-book and everything you need to get started with essential oils.
- Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale, and get a starter kit for 60% off retail prices. It’s the best deal around and a great way to get started with essential oils. Plus lots of freebies just for you!
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