DIY Household Cleaners

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For the last two months, I have been making some major changes at home when it comes to cleaning and what I use to clean my home.
I used to use anything and everything to scrub my shower, sink and toilet but would notice immediately after that my face would start burning. Even when I used gloves and extreme caution while cleaning, I couldn’t help but feel irritated. The last time I deep cleaned with household favorites, I looked at the mirror while wiping it down and noticed the allergic reaction spreading across my face.


I stopped using the cleaning products for the day and tried my best to treat my face.
It took almost three weeks for my face to clear up and in between that time, I came across the documentary Stink.”

I realized that maybe the toxins in the cleaning products I used were contributing to the bad allergic reactions I kept having.
I read many blog posts and read several books and articles on this subject and I decided to ditch the current chemical filled products I had and switch to natural and chemical free products with nothing more than just vinegar, baking soda and a few essential oils.

Of course you could go and buy chemical free products but since I monitor my spending well, I don’t mind making my own concoctions.
With a few trials and errors, these are my favorite DIY Household Cleaners: 

Fresh Orange Floor Cleaner:

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 20 drops of Orange Essential Oil
    (Mix in a bucket and wipe away.)

Lemon Window & Glass Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 10-12 drops of Lemon or Lime Essential Oil
    (Store in a spray bottle.)

Multi-Surface Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree
    (Store in a spray bottle.)

Lemon Microwave Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
    (Place water and drops in a mug for 2 minutes and let it sit for 5 minutes. Simply wipe residue away and you have a clean microwave.)

Refrigerator Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
    (Mix everything together and wipe down entire fridge, drawers, shelves, etc.)

Refrigerator & Freezer Odor Remover:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
    (Place in a jar or small bowl and leave uncovered in the back of the fridge, replace every 30 days.)

Produce Cleaner:

  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
    (Place vinegar and drops in a bowl and let produce soak for 5-10 minutes, drain, rinse and dry.)

Eucalyptus Toilet Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
    (Drop everything in the toilet and watch it fizz! Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then scrub and flush.)

Toothbrush Holder Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
    (Place in toothbrush holder, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.)

While I know everyone doesn’t have sensitive skin like me, I wanted to share these natural methods of keeping your home clean. It helps me to cleanse my home and cleanse my body.

Do you use any natural cleaning products? Do you make your own cleaning products?
Leave a comment and let me know what works best for you!

Yours truly,

-R. Garcia



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