Natural Cleaning Products: How to start making your home cruelty-free, toxic-free & plastic-free

The vast majority of cleaning products on the commercial market are packed with harsh chemicals that are bound by outdated laws that still allow horrific animal testing and sucky non-recyclable plastic bottles.

Reducing the number of chemicals in your household doesn’t have to be hard work. In this blog post, I will talk about some of the best all natural cleaning products and how to make some simple, budget-friendly and non-toxic DIY natural cleaning recipes that will start you on a journey of all natural, cruelty-free & zero-waste house cleaning!

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Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Cleaning your house naturally is an easy way to reduce the number of toxins you, your family & your home are exposed to, it is much safer for your skin and environment, as well as being child & pet-friendly!

The holy grail of natural cleaning products and ones to keep stocked in your natural cleaning supplies are:

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • White vinegar
  • Natural salt
  • Lemons
  • Reusable cloths (Watch out for microfiber cloths! I tend to reuse old cloth, socks or old pants that I can wash over & over again. If you fell into the microfibre trap like me, you can wash them in a Guppyfriend washing bag to prevent destructive synthetic fibres entering the ocean)
  • Essential oils
  • Reusable spray bottles (either re-use the ones you already have or use glass bottles with a reusable spray head. I’ve seen amazing soap dispensers & spray bottles being upcycled from Lemonaid or ChariTea glass bottles!)

One of the best thing about natural cleaning is that these products are always available, easy to find, great on a budget & last a long time!

Natural Cleaning Products DIY

If you’re following us on Instagram, you may have already seen these bright & beautiful jars of our natural cleaning bathroom recipes. Natural cleaning recipes work wonders in your shower, bath, bins & toilet.

DIY Cleaning Bathroom Spray Recipe:

  • Large glass jar (Mason style- again no need to buy new, I've always found mine at flea markets & I know thrift stores are big on these too)
  • White vinegar (also available in glass jar form) 
  • Citrus Peels

Once you’ve squeezed a lemon, devoured a grapefruit or enjoyed those limes in a yummy mojito, keep ALL of your used citrus peels in a paper bag in the freezer which will keep them fresh & smelling lovely. When ready to use just slice up (ideally in a large mason jar) & fill to the top with vinegar to make your ‘concentrate’.

Leave for at least a couple of weeks (the longer the better) & then pour one part of the concentrate to 3 parts water in your reusable or DIY spray bottle. And that’s it! The strong vinegar scent is lessened by the beautiful zesty citrus smell & it really does clean as good as it smells! I also use this combo for mopping my hardwood floors. 

DIY Cleaning Bathroom Continued:

To naturally clean tiles, dip a damp cloth into a bowl of bicarbonate of soda and wipe down tiles. For tough stains around the bathtub or grouting use white vinegar on your cloth & then scrub with a natural scrub powder made up of 2 parts bicarbonate of soda & natural salt with a wooden brush.

Likewise, to make your toilet shine, pour some bicarb down the toilet followed by a cup of vinegar to create an awesome bubbly reaction that can settle & then be scrubbed for shining white results! Also, a great way to unblock sinks naturally.

DIY Cleaning Windows

Ever wondered what we did before the dreaded bright blue plastic spray bottles?! Wonder no more…

DIY glass cleaner recipe:

  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice- I like lemongrass to balance the vinegar

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a glass spray bottle. Spray on windows and use newspaper in circular motions to clean. It’s as easy & cheap as that and again super child & pet-friendly- for those of you who have fellow little window tongue washers!

DIY Natural air fresheners, room and yoga mat sprays

Making your own natural air freshener DIY style is not only the sure way of making your home cruelty-free, chemical & plastic free, it’s also super fun to make and can even be a great gift due to their delicious smell & multiple uses!

I originally made this natural cleaning spray for my yoga mat to keep it clean & smelling divine as Namaste. But since making up the bottle it’s constantly moving around the house either as a natural bathroom air freshener spray, bed linen and room spray. It could also be used outside the house as a natural air freshener for your car.   

DIY spray ingredients:

  • Distilled water (available at drugstores e.g. DM)
  • Essential oils: tea tree oil and  lemongrass or eucalyptus and lavender
  • Alcohol-free witch hazel (organic glass bottles available on Amazon)
  • Reusable small glass spray bottles

Simply fill up ¾ of your little glass spray bottle with distilled waters, ¼ of witch hazel, add 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lemongrass - this combination will give you a cleansing, invigorating and uplifting scent. Shake up ingredients & voilà a gorgeous spray!

The other combination of essential oils you can use is eucalyptus which again is cleansing with calming lavender - great for a relaxing pillow spray. Again, you can play around with the essential oils you would like to use!

 Easy-peasy Lemon Squeezy 

So there you have it, a few cruelty-free and truly beautiful cleaning ideas to get you started on the journey! Bicarbonate of soda  (baking powder) is the number one natural cleaning agent and it provides natural cleaning for the oven, DIY jewellery cleaning and is an excellent deodoriser and therefore great for natural carpet cleaning, cleaning your mattress, natural oven cleaner, the fridge, upholstery bins & drains. The combination of bicarb with white vinegar and a few drops of your chosen essential oils should leave you & your house gleaming from the inside out.

If you have any natural cleaning recipes, DIY successes or tips please leave them in the comments below!