Recipes for Homemade, Natural Cleaners

Cleaning a faucet with a Swedish dishcloth

Thinking of switching over to a zero waste cleaning lifestyle? That’s great! Most zero waste household cleaners can be made with basic supplies that you already have in your kitchen. Plus, natural cleaners are non-toxic, less expensive and better for the environment!

Here are a few recipes to get you started with the switch to eco-friendly cleaning:

Tub cleaner scrub1:
¾ cup of Baking Soda
2-3 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide
2-3 Tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap

Mix all the ingredients together in a cup or bowl (it will be a thick white paste). Scoop the mixture with a rag and rub it onto the tiles or tub in a circular motion. Let sit for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with water.

Note: this mixture is only meant to be used on the same day. It does not keep.

All purpose cleaner2:
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp Liquid Castile Soap ie. Dr. Bronners)

Mix together in a spray bottle. That’s it!

Window cleaner3:
2 cups water
½ cup white vinegar
10 drops essential oil

Combine all ingredients together in a spray bottle and gently shake. Spray on windows and wipe with a microfibre cloth.

Notes on vinegar
Did you know that cleaning with white vinegar “naturally keeps homes germ and bacterial free”4? Not only is it tough on bacteria and mildew, it is inexpensive and likely already in your kitchen! Read more about this amazing natural cleaner here.



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