Skip The Chemicals With These 4 DIY Cleaning Recipes

Nothing makes a mom like me happier than a clean house. I love the fresh smell. I love knowing that the germs are held at bay – at least for a little while. However – I don’t love the thought of harsh chemicals that could harm my children or my pets. The thought of my child licking a surface (you know they all do it!) or a pet getting sniffing around on the floor and getting sick from chemical residue is more than I can take.

My solution to this problem is easy. I use natural cleaners that I can make at home. It’s wonderful to get a streak-free shine, germ-free surfaces and a lemony fresh smell in my kitchens and bathrooms without using toxic cleaners. It’s easy for you to do this, too. You probably have everything you need in your pantry already.

Natural cleaners include:

  • Lemons
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Peroxide
  • Vinegar


To clean your kitchen start with vinegar. Vinegar will shine your glass surfaces without leaving streaks. Use it on glass cabinets, counters, range hoods and more. Vinegar dries fast and is safe to use around kids and pets.

In the bathroom, vinegar can clean that nasty toilet. Simply pour a cup of vinegar in the toilet and let it sit overnight. In the morning, sprinkle the toilet with some baking soda, scrub and flush. Your bowl will be sparkling clean and smell fresh.

You can even clean your hardwood floors with a vinegar solution. It’s so easy to clean your floors to a sparkling shine and they will smell fantastic too. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 3 drops of lemon essential oil and a gallon of warm water together. Mop your floors and let it dry. The floors will be squeaky clean.


Lemons are also great cleaners. Does your microwave have stuck on splatters? Simply cut a lemon in half. Place one half directly in the microwave and heat for about two minutes. The lemon will loosen the food and grease so it wipes off easily with a damp paper towel. It also leaves a wonderful smell behind.

Use lemons to deodorize those sink drains, too. Food particles can get trapped in the pipes and around the drain. Clean your drain area with lemon juice on a towel or cloth. Then squeeze some of the lemon juice down inside the drain to leave behind a fresh clean scent.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular cleaner for a variety of things. A gentle paste made of baking soda and peroxide is fantastic for cleaning glass stove tops without scratching them. Use the paste to get the gunk up from the edges of the sinks, too. Clean odors from your refrigerator with a box of baking soda. Just open the box and place it on the shelf. Leave it there and it will absorb the odors in a couple of days. Baking soda and water made into a paste is gentle enough to use on your tub to remove soap scum.

Mix And Match The Ingredients

It’s not enough to just smell and look fresh and clean – especially with little ones running around. I need things to be disinfected, too. There’s a natural remedy for that, too. Simple, easy and effective, Rosemary Lemon Vinegar Disinfectant will handle those germs.

  • Rosemary
  • Lemons
  • Vinegar

Place quartered lemons into a mason jar. Add in a couple of handfuls of rosemary (fresh is best but dried will work) and cover with white vinegar. Place the lid on and seal it tightly. Store it for about 7-14 days, shaking every few days. Finally, strain the contents. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and enjoy your wonderful smelling disinfectant in bathrooms, kitchens, anywhere you want to kill germs.

Mix peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid together in equal parts to use as a laundry detergent. This will lift stains and get grease out of clothes, even if it has been set in or if the article has went through the dryer. I use this potion to get rid of perspiration stains on my workout clothes. It works better than any stain stick on the market. I also wash my husbands greasy work clothes in 1/4 cup of this mixture for each laundry load. Wash the clothes in warm water for best results.

About the author

    Sally Wong

    Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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