9 Basic Ingredients to Spring Clean Your Home – Naturally

It’s Spring and time to think about cleaning out all those nukes and crannies, airing out the house, and making your home smell, look, and be naturally clean. Our home is where we should feel safe, comfortable and should not be polluted with toxic chemicals. Are you cleaning your home naturally? There are many health risks of conventional cleaners, but there are simple and basic ingredients that can clean without worry or fear of the toxins that could invading your home and causing many unnoticed problems. There are so many great alternatives  — so please read on!

9 Basic Ingredients to Clean Your Home Naturally

Some Important Facts:

Did you realize that Americans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products every year? What a tragedy for our children and all of us.

According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles traces of chemicals from toxic cleaning products can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure.

What are the health risks?

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Hormone Disruption
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Even Death

Sadly cleaning product labels  lack transparency according to Johanna Congleton. PH. D., a senior scientist for the EWG. “Manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.”

According to the TerraChoice Group – More than 95 percent of “green” products manipulate labels by providing irrelevant information (declaring a product is free of an already illegal chemical), being vague (masking poisons as natural ingredients), outright lying (claiming false endorsements) and other maneuvers.

I believe it is vitally important to keep our families safe and one great, easy, economical way to do that is do-it-yourself (DIY) with natural homemade ingredients that you create yourself. Not only are we making life simple and getting back to the basics, but we are being protecting our health and the environment health.

"DIY Natural Cleaning"

9 Basics Ingredients

1. White vinegar — Cleans effectively, deodorizer, cuts grease, and disinfect against bacteria, viruses and mold.

2. Castile Soap — Use liquid or bar form. It is biodegradable, vegetable based, surfactants and a great all around cleaner. I even use this on my hair and as a hand soap. Learn more — “5 Reasons To Go Green With Your Antibacterial Soap!”

3. Baking Soda — Whitens, cleans, neutralizes odors and softens water. I love to use it in my bathroom, refrigerator, oven, kitchen sink. It is an excellent scrubbing agent for so many cleaning duties and will soften your clothes without toxic fabric softener. Learn more “Are You Using Toxic Fabric Softener?”

4. Borax — A natural mineral that works well in laundry soap.

Note: Borax is as a low-level health hazard and should be kept away from children and animals. Borax is not a carcinogenic and is not absorbed through the skin.

5. Washing Soda — Related to baking soda but a much stronger potent cleaner. It softens water and will help remove impossible stains. It is recommended to wear gloves when using washing soda.  Check out Removing Stains The Green Way Without Toxic Chemicals”

6. Hydrogen Peroxide  — A very effective disinfectant and great alternative to using toxic bleach according to the EPA. It will whiten grout and remove stubborn stains. Learn some important information and the many uses of peroxide –  “10 Reasons Why You Need The Little Brown Bottle!”

7. Essential Oils and Herbs  — A true gift from Nature – Essential oils are derived from herbs or plants and are natural cleaning agents that can have many uses. There is an array of many choices of essential oils and herbs that can add wonderful fragrance, others have germ-fighting power, anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.  Tea tree oil, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are some of the most common and have many beneficial uses in your daily cleaning.

8. Lemon Juice — A natural fragrance that will cut through grease, remove mold and bacteria, and leaves dishes streak free.

9. Coarse Kosher Salt — Helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.

DIY All Purpose CleanerAll-Purpose DIY Spray Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 15 drops of lemon oil


Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Can be used almost anywhere in your home. Works excellent for glass and mirrors.

 Living a green and healthy lifestyle is so important in all aspects of our lives and how we clean our homes is extremely important. There are many recipes and ways you can use these natural and safe cleaners. You need to choose what works best for your needs and situation.  For example some people find the smell of vinegar over powering and other people have an intolerance to certain essential oils.  I just hope you choices include to clean and live the true green way and stop wasting your money on toxic chemical cleaners that are so hazard to your health. Do you have a truly natural alternative DIY recipe you would like to share?


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Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I believe in living green, organically, and natural in every aspect of our lives. My mission is to help educate you on how to live green, help save our environment and to help you and your family live a happier, healthier life!

39 thoughts on “9 Basic Ingredients To Spring Clean Your Home – Naturally!”

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  21. Excellent tips Marla for 9 basic ingredients for spring cleaning that I pinned. I’m off to use some peroxide in my shower drain. Have a great day!

    1. HI Nancy,
      Thanks for pinning and reading my article. I truly appreciate it. I use peroxide every day in my house for one thing or the other. We always have a couple bottles in our bathroom closet. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

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  25. I have a new start up blog that is detailing making changes to natural cleaning (non toxic). Basically I have invited others to join in my journey as I start making my own products and also discovering store bought products free of toxic chemicals. I have never used washing soda or borax. Do you find these items necessary to cleaning? I have much success with just Castile soap and vinegar in my rinse cycle for laundry. What is an advantage of Borax? Thanks for spreading this positive message to others!

    1. Hi Genbumom,
      Washing soda is just a stronger version of baking soda – Washing soda is 2 parts sodium while Baking soda is 1 part sodium. Borax is very old cleaning agent used a lot for washing clothes and it just a matter of personal choice. I personally rarely use it, but do use washing soda for stains and extra dirty clothes. Baking soda I use every day for cleaning and freshening my home.
      White vinegar is something I also use a lot – in fact last winter I made my own DIY cleaner with oranges peels and white vinegar – put the orange peels (or lemon) in a glass jar and let it set on the window sill for about 3-4 weeks until it got a dark shade of orange and you could smell the citrus. Put it in a spray bottle with half water or use full strength for extra power. I also keep a bottle of 1/2 water & 1/2 peroxide under my sink all the time. I never buy commercial cleaning products – except I do use an organic liquid laundry detergent. I find using natural cleaning DIY is much more economical, so much safer, and they work wonderful.
      I use Castile soap when showering on my body & hair and when I want some suds in a cleaner.
      I also use white vinegar with essential oils in my dryer (since I have one of those new washers that you can’t open during any of the cycles. I use a old towel and cut up 5″X7″ pieces of cloth – cover them with white vinegar and the essential oils – I use some a few drops of grapefruit seed oil and peppermint and throw a couple in the dryer to soften and reduce static. It works great.
      It really is just finding what works for your needs and what is most convenient for you.
      Thank you for reading my article and commenting. I hope have answered your questions. Have a healthy happy blessed week. Marla

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  30. gardenoflisa

    Thanks for sharing this information. I cut out the toxic chemicals years ago! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today!

    1. Glad to hear that you don’t use toxic chemicals. Just wish we could get everyone to do the same. Glad to be part of the Home Acre Blog Hop! Marla

  31. Hi Marla,
    Perfect timing! Springtime is cleaning time for many as well so these nine essential natural cleaning ingredients is just we need! I am so delighted that you shared this timely and valuable post with us at the the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! We appreciate it!

    1. Yes it is that time of year to clean all those nucks and crannies and using natural non-toxic cleaners are so very important for our health and the planets health. Have a great day! Marla

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