Homemade non-toxic cleaners

safe for the entire home, and easy too!

These homemade non-toxic cleaners are perfect for you, your family, your pets, and your home. If the Bubonic Plague returns, then get out those chemicals, but in the meanwhile, you must give nature a chance.

Natural disinfectant supplies and homemade non-toxic cleaners have no carcinogenics, allergens or immune system suppressants. If one natural solution doesn't suit you, try another one, a PDF of these non toxic cleaning recipes, and more, are available for download on this page.

There is also a debate on whether those hand sanitizers really do work. Yes, they seem to work on inanimate surfaces, but not at the 99.9% level that is advertised, and assumed, to work on hands. The FDA is stating that plain soap and water still works the best at keeping germs at a minimum and that the hand sanitizers should be used only when it is necessary.

non toxic cleaning recipes, liquid castile soap

All-Purpose Liquid:

1. 1/2 cup (125 ml) pure soap such as liquid castile, in
1 gallon (4 litres) hot water

This liquid castile base is often found in Health Food stores.

Variation: For a clean scent and to help cut grease, add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of lemon juice OR 1/2 tsp of lemon essential oil.

This homemade non-toxic cleaners recipe is safe for all surfaces, should be rinsed with water, and is very effective for most jobs. For a stronger solution, double the amounts of soap and lemon juice or essential oil.

Four more basic homemade non-toxic cleaners below, mix ingredients for each recipe in a spray bottle. Use for counter tops, floors, walls, carpet and upholstery.

1. Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in one quart of warm water.

2. Add 1/2 cup vinegar to between 1 cup and 1 quart of warm water.

3. Combine 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap and 3/4 cup warm water. Shake to blend.

4. For really big jobs, combine 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap and 2 gallons of warm water in a pail and stir to blend.

Scouring Powder:

Use a firm bristle brush and scrub with pure soap (like castile) combined with either table salt or baking soda.

Baking soda alone on a damp sponge is also effective on most surfaces. You can also personalize your scouring powder by adding an essential oil. Put the ingredients in a blender or blend with a wisk, until the fragrance has infused the powder.

For oven spills, scrub using straight baking soda or combine with the stronger version of the all purpose cleaner. Wear gloves when scrubbing, even for natural and homemade non-toxic cleaners recipes.

baking soda, non toxic cleaning recipes

Air Fresheners:

Commercial air fresheners work by masking smells and coating the nasal passages with chemicals which diminish the sense of smell by deadening the nerves, as well as using crude oil based carcinogenic chemicals that just happen to have scents. Try some of these homemade non-toxic cleaners recipes to diminish odor and add a fresh clean smell to your house:

1. Use baking soda in your garbage or refrigerator to help reduce odors at their source.

2. Dissolve 1 tsp (5 ml) of baking soda in 2 cups (500 ml) of hot water, add 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray as you would an air freshener.

3. Place a few slices of a citrus fruit, cloves or cinnamon in a pot with enough water to simmer gently for an hour or two.

4. Most of the people I know use a couple drops of essential oils in inconspicuous places. Choose any scent you like.

5. Simmer cinnamon and cloves in water.

6. Pour vanilla extract on a cotton ball and place in a small dish. Use in your car, home or refrigerator.

7. Set out a dish of vinegar or boil 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate cooking odors.

Liquid Dish Soap:

Grate a bar of pure/castile soap into a sauce pan. Cover with water and simmer over low heat until they melt together. Add some vinegar to the water for tough grease and to remove spots. Pour into a container and use as you would any liquid dishwashing soap.

There are a lot of natural soaps for dishes in the supermarkets these days. I like them but it seems like you need 2 - 3 times as much as the chemical versions, and for more money. Definitely give this version of natural dish cleaner a chance.

Mirrors, Glass and Windows:

1. Wash with pure soap and water, rinse with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Use washable, reusable cheese cloth instead of paper towels.

2. Combine 1 quart warm water with 1/4 cup white vinegar or 2 tablespoons lemon juice (use both vinegar and lemon if you want the cleaning abilities of vinegar with the scent of lemons).

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Use as you would any glass cleaner (add a drop or two of essential oil for a pleasant scent).

Invest in a squeegee. It is a great tool for cleaning windows. A razor blade also is a good tool for scraping off dirt or paint before cleansing. If you have glass shower doors, the squeegee is perfect for a quick clearing wipe.


To fully clean and deodorize carpets, first vacuum, then liberally sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda, leave one hour, then vacuum again. For tougher stains, try cold soda water or repeatedly blot with vinegar and soapy water.


Most store-bought polishes contain solvents harmful to the environment. Aerosol sprays are wasteful and also contain harmful gases. It always seemed that I was coating my lungs with the waxes in the polish if I breathed it.

1. Furniture Polish: Dissolve 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon essential oil in 1 cup (250 ml) vegetable oil. Apply with a clean dry rag.

2. Floor Polish: Melt 1/8 cup (30 ml) bees wax or vegetable wax in a double boiler. Add 1 quart/litre castor oil and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Apply with a rag, allow to dry and polish.

Polishing Metals:

1. Copper: Try lemon juice and a little salt or hot vinegar and a little salt on a rag.

2. Brass: Try equal parts salt and flour, with a little vinegar on a dry rag.


Mix vinegar and salt together for a good surface cleaner. This mixture will remove grease if the vinegar is at full strength.


For kitchen cutting boards and bathroom fixtures, use a spray of distilled white vinegar followed by a 3 percent peroxide spray. Wipe clean.

Crayon mark remover:

To remove crayon marks from walls, floors, counters, cabinets and furniture, rub area with (natural) toothpaste and a damp cloth. Do not use on non-vinyl wallpaper.

Natural solutions for Hands:

To remove heavy grime, combine 4 ounces of fine grain sand, 1 ounce of pumice powder and enough glycerin to moisten the mixture in a labeled screw top jar. Use about 1 tablespoon at a time, rubbing into the hands thoroughly.

Hand disinfectants:

1. The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes ordinary soap as a legitimate disinfectant. There are many vegetable-oil-based soaps available at supermarkets and health food stores.

2. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 4 ounces of liquid castile soap. Shake to stir or blend in a pump container.

I hope you enjoy and use the homemade non-toxic cleaners recipes in PDF to help you in getting your home clean and green!

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