Detoxify Your Home with 17 Natural Green Cleaners

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Natural Green Cleaning Recipes - Glass Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, Foaming Soap and Morer

In addition to what you put in your body, what you use in your home can really be toxic.

So today I am sharing some great natural cleaning recipes to detoxify your home.

I often write about food issues and eliminating additives and other problematic ingredients in processed foods.  I’ve written about making your own spice mixes, and homemade salad dressings.

And last month I wrote “Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick?” about toxins in hair products.

I’m sure that gave you something to think about regarding what you are putting on your body.

Today, I’m sharing some ways you can clean up your home for better health.

When you use toxic chemicals and fragrances to clean your home, you and your family could very well end up breathing toxic fumes that not only could end up making you sick, but contribute to polluting the environment as well.

Some possible bad effects from chemicals that are likely lurking in your home cleaning products:

- eczema and other rashes - irritants in cleaners can cause skin irritation
- airway irritation – fumes can make allergies or asthma worse
- eye irritation
- poisoning – using non-toxic cleaners can seriously reduce the risk of poisoning

I’ve never used many chemical-laden cleaners in our home, but there are a few that have been hard to let go of.

But I’ve really been working to make more DIY versions of things I need around the house.

Here are some products I’ve made and some great non-toxic cleaners from some blogging friends of mine:

No Streak Glass Cleaner

I LOVE this cleaner.  My son actually totes the spray bottle around the house asking what he can clean next :)!

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Homemade Oxy Clean

Too bad I have a huge box of OxyClean from Costco.  I won’t be needing to make this for a loooog time.

Homemade Soft Scrub | Shower Cleaner

Another one of those posts that I needed to write after making a big mistake.

shower cleaner

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

What a great idea! I love how these are reusable.

Natural Scented Room Spray

I love this.  I was working on a natural air freshener just this past month!  Ditch the chemical sprays and try this instead.

Natural Air Freshener

Oven Cleaner

My sons have been asking about how to clean our oven.  Time to try this!  I would LOVE my oven to look like this.

Natural Oven Cleaner

Homemade Produce Wash

I always wonder if any produce wash really works.  What do you think?

Non-Toxic Pest Control

Pests are—well, pests.  Learn why a plastic bag will help keep flies away.  Really?

Natural Fly Repellant

I like Laurie’s solution for fruit flies.   It’s very similar to this fruit fly trap that worked great for getting rid of our fruit fly problem this past summer.

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid

You’ll see in this post that I had to apologize to my readers for leading them astray with my first recommendation.  Sorry!

Why I Don’t Make Laundry Detergent

Yes, this is a “non DIY” post.  I just couldn’t find a laundry detergent that I liked–maybe you have one?

Carpet and Wall Stain Removers  

Got a mess on your carpet or walls?  Hilary has some solutions for you.

Laundry Stain Remover

I have a laundry stain remover that works pretty well, but I still have to dig up the recipe.  For now, try this one.

Orange Power Cleaner

I love not throwing things away.  Here is a great way to use up citrus peels!

Natural Orange Oil Cleaner

Cat Urine Smell Remover

We’re allergic to cats, so this is thankfully NOT a problem I have to deal with :).

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Cleaning toilets is one of my least favorite activities.  Hilary at least makes it a non-toxic job.  I’m working on a heavy duty solution myself that I hope to share soon.

Simple Carpet Freshener

Carpet fresheners are one of those things that have super-toxic perfumes in them.  Try this instead!

Burnt Pots and Pans Cleaner

Got distracted and found yourself with a burned on mess?  Andrea has the solution for you that just might have you cleaning all your pots to see how good they can look!

Where to Buy Ingredients

Most of the ingredients in these DIY recipes you can easily find in your local grocery store.

For essential oils, I highly recommend Native American Nutritionals.  You can read my Best Essential Oils series to find out why.

I hope these suggestions help move you on the way to a less-toxic home and a healthier life.  I know I plan to try many of these solutions and share how they work in my home.

What’s your favorite green cleaning product?

Shared at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Time Warp Wife, Not Just a Housewife, Real Food Forager, We Are that Family, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, This Chick Cooks, and Cooking Traditional Foods.

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  1. Hi there!
    You mentioned you were looking for a natural and safe laundry detergent! I use an Ecosense line that I love… It extends to majority of the cleaning supplies you make without the hassle of having to make them (no offense, we are just busy and lazy). Anyway, the laundry line did not cause any rashes on either of my babies and the products are ph balanced and have no caustic ingredients! Best part, it is $9 cheaper for 96 loads than the crap at the grocery store. I’d be glad to share but don’t know the rules out here…

    • I don’t mind sharing. I just think that doing DIY is much more economical typically. One concern I have about Ecosense (the Melaleuca line) is the added fragrance. That is something I almost always need to steer clear of. Maybe it’s an OK fragrance in this case but I typically can’t handle them. Thanks.

  2. Rakesh Lal says:

    Thanks for sharing the things for natural green cleaning. I will help us to avoid harmful chemicals and use home made things for cleaning.

  3. hi, i love your blog and use it as a dependable source for all the natural living ideas out there. am wondering if you have a recipe for a dishwashing detergent? thanks so much.