During the holidays, friends and family members travel both near and far to spend quality time with each other and enjoy the holiday season.
Chances are, at some point, you’ll have a house full of guests. And that probably means one thing…there’s a lot of cleaning to be done.
This year, I want to provide you with 3 of my favorite chemical-free cleaner recipes.
These recipes will ensure that your home stays clean while also making sure that you aren’t negatively impacted by harmful commercial cleaning products.
Check out the recipes now…
All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
It’s always good to have a cleaning solution on hand that can be used for any cleaning purpose. That’s why this classic baking soda and vinegar solution is one of my favorites.
It can be made ahead of time and stored in a bottle for later use. Very convenient.
The ingredients won’t break your bank either. You can make a large container of this solution for $5 or less.
While the two main ingredients are baking soda and vinegar, this recipe also includes lemon oil. This essential oil is known for its antibacterial properties, which gives this cleaning solution recipe a little extra cleaning power.
Give it a try…
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Note: If you don’t have lemon oil, you can substitute tea tree or lavender oil.
#1 Mix all of the ingredients in a clean spray bottle (glass is best).
#2 Gently shake to mix ingredients.
#3 Spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow the surface you’re cleaning to dry.
Homemade Disinfectant Wipes Recipe
Disinfectant wipes are always handy to have around for small cleanup jobs. Especially if you have small children that need to be wiped up after a meal or playtime.
Sadly the boxes of disinfectant wipes you buy at the store are almost always packed with harmful chemicals. Not to worry though. I have a recipe for wipes you can make at home with all-natural ingredients.
Give it a try…
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil
- Empty “wipe” container (baby wipe, for example)
- 15 – 20 squares of cloth (old t-shirts work well, as do old dish towels or similar material)
#1 Fold and place the cloth squares into the empty wipe container and set aside.
#2 Combine in a mixing bowl the water, vinegar, and 3 essential oils, stirring until well mixed.
#3 Pour this mixture over the cloths in the container where they will soak in and be ready for you to pull out and use!
#4 Launder and repeat as often as the cloths hold up!
Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
When you have a house full of people visiting, chances are you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking. For that reason, it’s important to have a lot of dish soap on hand.
Unfortunately, bottled dish soap is expensive, and you don’t get a whole lot of it. And like other commercial cleaning products, most dish soaps are also packed with harmful chemicals.
Use this all-natural dish soap recipe to safely and inexpensively wash your dishes.
- ½ cup warm distilled water
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup Bronner’s Sal Suds
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Lemon essential oil (optional)
#1 Combine distilled water with salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved.
#2 In a separate bowl, combine the vinegar, Sal Suds, and lemon juice. Stir this mixture into the salt water mixture, and stir until thickened.
#3 You may wish to add 10 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil both for scent and for disinfectant properties.
#4 Pour mixture into a recycled dish soap container for storage.
After you’ve done your cleaning, it’s possible that you’ll want to have some delicious treats ready for your guests who are visiting. Discover how to make my guilt-free superfruit pies to share with friends and family.