Traditional household cleaning products contain all kinds of nasty chemicals that can affect your air quality, disrupt your endocrine system and can be generally pretty bad for your health. Thankfully switching to a natural cleaning product is super easy! Below I outline a couple of ways to go about it:
Option 1: DIY
There are many recipes out there for creating your own household cleaners. I used to do this for our house. I would usually mix together white distilled vinegar, water, castile soap, and some drops of an essential oil for smell. It is fairly simple but still a little time consuming. If you are interested in going this route I will refer to you another blog called wellnessmama.com because she has a ton of DIY natural recipes on her site. Making your own cleaners is a great option for families on a budget.
Option 2: Buy it
The next option is to simply buy your natural cleaner like you would any traditional cleaner. The main difference here is that the natural cleaners are usually a little bit more expensive and you usually cannot find them at your local grocery store or Target store but rather you need to order them online. The product I like best is called Better Life. They make various types of cleaners, some of which I link to below on my product list. I really like their all purpose cleaner as well as their other speciality cleaners for natural stone, stainless steel, and more. The reason I reduced my purchases of their products is because I wanted to reduce the amount of plastic I am using. I prefer to re-use the same bottle instead of throwing it away and buying a new one. Which leads me to option 3…
Option 3: Partially DIY
A brand I absolutely love is called Branch Basics. Their products work great, have a great price, are simple to assemble, and have very clean and safe ingredients to use in your home. With the starter kit you get all the bottles and the concentrate. You fill a small bit of concentrate in a bottle and then fill it the rest of the way with water and Voila! I love how I don’t have to get out a ton of ingredients to make my cleaner, but instead its as simple as pouring two things into a bottle. I also love how I am not wasting any more plastic to buy new cleaners each time, but instead I am re-using the same bottles.
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Below is the full list of cleaning products that I currently use.
List of Cleaning Products I use and love:
- All purpose / kitchen /bathroom cleaner: Branch Basics All Purpose
- Glass / mirror cleaner: Branch Basics Streak Free
- Natural stone cleaner: Better Life Natural Stone Cleaner
- Dish washing machine detergent: Better Life dishwasher gel
- Dish soap: Better Life dish soap
- Stainless steel: Better Life Stainless steel (I use this to clean the outside front of my fridge and dishwasher)
- Laundry detergent: Zum laundry liquid
- Dryer sheets: Stoneworks dryer sheets
- Fabric softener: New Zealand Wool dryer balls
- Handsoap: Dr. Bronners hand soap (I get a larger bulk container and refill these smaller dispensers)
- Body soap: Dr. Bronners bar soap
I don’t make my own cleaners from scratch anymore, mainly due to saving time. I try to have branch basics be the bulk of what I use and re-use the bottles. I also use branch basics all purpose to clean my wood floors. There are some speciality cleaners by Better Life that I prefer like the natural stone and stainless steel but I very rarely ever need to replace because those are used less often. I do regularly buy the dishwashing gel and zum clean laundry detergent because I find they work the best for that type of cleaning and I will just recycle those bottles.
What kind of natural cleaners do you like to use?