One of my very favorite things to do as the weather warms up in the spring is to open up our windows and air out our house after a long winter. Fresh air breathes new life into my home and motivates me to declutter and deep clean our home.
After months of being stuck inside, my house starts to feel like it’s closing in on me. There’s random stuff filling up corners and piled on tables, spills and messes made long ago that never quite got cleaned up all the way, and just the daily toll of living with three young kiddos who have an uncanny knack for leaving things in shambles all around our house.
While I crave a clean and clutter-free home this time of year, I don’t love the idea of filling my house with all kinds of chemicals and toxins to get it that way.
Did you know that the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the outside air? One of the major contributors to this indoor air pollution are conventional chemical cleaning products.
For the health and safety of my family, I have been making my own cleaners for many years now and have found simple, yet effective, homemade cleaning solutions I can use to clean all around my home.
Mix up these two recipes to clean your house from top to bottom without any toxic chemicals! One is a basic multi-purpose cleaner and the other gives you a little more cleaning power for places that need a deep clean.
Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner
This solution is just what you need for all of your general cleaning. The castile soap cleans, while the essential oils disinfect.
- Fill a spray bottle with water, leaving a few inches at the top of the bottle
- Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s
- Add 15 to 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil for a pleasant scent and extra cleaning power, optional.
- Shake gently to combine.
Deep Cleaning Soft Scrub
Use this scrub for a deep cleaning and scrubbing, specifically in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s a scouring agent that helps to remove stains, dirt, and grime.
- Combine equal parts baking soda and salt (table or kosher salt work well)
- Add enough dish soap to make a smooth paste
- Mix together to form a paste and use immediately
This mixture should be made each time you want to use it as it doesn’t keep very well. Fortunately, it only takes a minute to mix up.
Follow up with a quick spray and wipe down of your surface with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect!
With six simple, frugal, easy-to-find ingredients — castile soap, tea tree oil, baking soda, salt, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide — you can spring clean all around your home without using harsh and toxic chemicals! And be sure to check out my 31 Days to Green Clean series to find even more homemade and green cleaning recipes using these ingredients!