The beginner’s guide to making your own homemade non-toxic household cleaners. Rid your home of harmful chemicals, one cleaning product at a time.
So you want to make your own non-toxic household cleaners?
Ready to protect your family from harmful chemicals?
Wondering if homemade cleaning products will work just as well as their store-bought (and mostly unsafe) counterparts?
Great! Read on, because this guide is jam-packed with everything you need to get started.
Now just imagine…
the confidence and peace of mind you’ll have, knowing that you’re only using safe, non-toxic products to clean your home.
the money you’ll save by making your own cleaning products, using simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce.
being able to clean your entire home without feeling like you need to slip into a hazmat suit to protect yourself from the overwhelming scents and fumes.
That’s right. Making your own non-toxic household cleaners is much easier (and cheaper) than you think!
What’s the catch?
You’ve got to take it one step at a time, if you want to be successful and avoid becoming overwhelmed, or worse – giving up altogether.
So let’s do this!
How to Make Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
Before you get started, you’ll want to download this free toolkit with the 9 essential ingredients and supplies you’ll need to create your non-toxic cleaning kit – plus why they work, and where you can purchase them.
And now for the cleaning recipes! Remember my secret to creating a non-toxic home – start with that first product. Which one will you choose to tackle first?
I’ve included a little table of contents below to help you click around and navigate this page a little better.
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Granite and Stone Cleaner
- Disinfecting Spray
- Scouring Scrub
- Scouring Powder
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- Cleaning Wipes
- Drain Cleaner
- Carpet Cleaner
- Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid
» All-Purpose Cleaner
Simple version: A spray bottle with 50/50 solution of water and vinegar + a few drops of essential oil (tea tree or lavender are great).
Better version: The Ultimate All-Purpose Cleaner is the only cleaner I use for nearly every surface in the home. It started as a floor cleaner, but it works so well everywhere!
Use it on: counter-tops, stove-tops, floors, sinks, toilets, tubs, stainless steel… anywhere that could use a good wipe-down.
Pro-tip: Boost the cleaning power of this spray by sprinkling some baking soda after you’ve sprayed your surface for more scrubbing action.
NOTE: Do NOT use on marble/granite as the vinegar will eat away at it and may permanently etch the surface. See granite countertop cleaner below!
» Granite & Stone Cleaner
Though it’s tempting to use the all-purpose cleaner on your granite countertops, it should NOT be used since it contains vinegar, which is acidic and can cause etching on the surface over time.
Instead, use this Homemade Granite Cleaner to clean granite, marble, and other stone surfaces.
» Disinfecting Spray
I just spray this on surfaces after I’ve cleaned them for extra disinfecting action. Mostly on bathroom surfaces – just spray and let air-dry.
Check out this ONE ingredient disinfectant that can replace your household bleach!
Use it on: kitchen and bathroom surfaces in need of extra disinfecting action
» Scouring Scrub
Stir to make a creamy paste, then apply with scrub brush, and rinse clean.
Use it on: bathtubs, sinks, or any surface that you would normally use something like Soft Scrub®.
» Scouring Powder
Just mix baking soda and salt, and store in an old cheese shaker. Check the full tutorial here to see what else you can add to boost the cleaning power of this simple powder.
Use it on: Any surface that you would normally use Comet® or Ajax®. I use this when scrubbing down my stainless steel sink (plus a squirt of dish soap), and it works like magic!
» Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Just spray the All-Purpose Cleaner inside the toilet bowl, and on the toilet seat and lid, and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Then sprinkle some baking soda in the bowl, scrub with a toilet brush, then flush.
- Wipe down the toilet seat and lid with a rag.
- Then give everything a good spray of peroxide to disinfect. Done!
» Glass Cleaner
Simple version: A spray bottle filled with 50/50 solution of water and vinegar
Better version: A spray bottle filled with 3 parts water and 1 part rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
Best version: Use the All-Purpose Cleaner for the best results and a streak-free shine! *Just make sure to wipe with a microfiber cloth.
» Cleaning Wipes
One of the greatest cleaning inventions is those disposable cleaning wipes because they’re already saturated with cleaning solution, ready to grab, wipe, and finish the job. Make your own reusable cleaning wipes with this super easy DIY tutorial.
» Drain Cleaner
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup vinegar down the drain. Plug the drain to keep the bubbles inside. When the bubbling stops, flush it with very hot water. After about 5 minutes, flush again with cold water.
» Carpet Cleaner
I’ve got a couple posts for you on cleaning your carpets naturally:
- Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution (for machines) and a Spot Cleaning Spray
- How to Make Carpet Stain Removers for (Almost) Any Stain
» Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid
Personally, I use a non-toxic dishwasher detergent from Nature Clean (a Canadian company), but I always keep a batch of the recipe below on hand to use in a pinch when I’ve run out and haven’t had a chance to buy more.
Use 1-2 tablespoons in the detergent compartment.
To give your dishes a spotless shine, add some vinegar to the rinse aid compartment.
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