Making your own natural, toxin free, household cleaning products will help you move away from the questionable chemistry experiment that is too often found lurking in your household and cosmetic products that can be irritating your families skin.
You only need a few simple ingredients such as baking soda, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soap, and water. In fact, using just these ingredients, you can make a non-toxic oven cleaner, scrub your toilet bowl to shiny perfection, polish your furniture, and more. Unfortunately, while these ingredients make for powerful, chemical-free cleaning, they can smell quite bland. That’s why most recipes also call for essential oils and provide one of the best, most enjoyable ways, to clean and purge your home of all the accumulated dirt, germs, and odors. Not only will you create peace of mind as well as a clean, healthy and wonderfully aromatic living space, but you will save yourself some money.
Here are a few recipes to clean your house without nasty toxins.
Alternatives to toxic laundry powders and cleaning liquids
1.Making your own laundry powder:
Making your own laundry soaps from safe ingredients such as washing soda and some liquid cleaning soap can be really great fun, and your skin will love it.
This simple recipe, thanks to these two amazing Mum’s, Jane and Aimee behind the awesome Figgy and Co, who have started a natural cleaning revolution in New Zealand. Their commitment to making chemical free cleaning super easy, super cheap for busy mums is nothing short of inspirational.
This recipe by FIGGY & CO is inexpensive to make and free of harmful chemicals.
4 parts washing soda (2 cups)
4 parts baking soda (2 cups)
1 part borax (1/2 cup)
1/2 part Figgy liquid cleaning soap (1/4 cup)
20-40 drops essential oil to your liking (lavender, peppermint, lemon, manuka oil etc.)
Mix all dry ingredients in food processor. Slowly add liquid cleaning soap, followed by essential oil until fine grains. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl at least once. Use 1 tablespoon per load. For heavily soiled loads, use 1-2 tablespoons. Store in an airtight container. Remember, less is more.
Want some more DIY recipe inspiration for all your household cleaning products from washing powder to floor cleaners to bathroom blitzing, and so, so much more? Then check out these two amazing Mum’s, Jane and Aimee behind the awesome Figgy and Co, who have started a natural cleaning revolution in New Zealand. Their commitment to making chemical free cleaning super easy, super cheap for busy mums is nothing short of inspirational.
2. Soap Berries: natures detergent.
Originating from Nepal, these cute little berries are completely organic, ethical, skin-kind, eco-friendly, and vegan. What’s not to love about them? Soapberries are nature’s very own detergents. Seriously, don’t be fooled by their size, they pack a potent punch in the washing machine, and we hand’s down LOVE them at Manuka Biotic HQ.
They are completely natural washing powder alternative, with no fragrances, synthetic chemicals, brighteners, or harsh ingredients, and are effective in hot and cold wash cycles.
These are a game changer, if you have any sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, which can be irritated by the chemicals in commercial washing powders and liquids.
Our extraordinarily generous friends, eco-warriors, philanthropists, and amazeberries Mum’s (hee hee), Talia and Natalia from That Red House, sell their Soap Berries online here for $26.00 AUD, which last up to 180 plus washes. Making them by far, one of the most economical of the washing options. For international orders outside of Australia and New Zealand, please contact That Red House directly.
That’s a whole lot of LOVE right there!
3. Apple cider vinegar cleaning liquid
Apple cider vinegar has potent antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent way to clean your home. Unlike most cleaning products marketed to us with ‘miracle’ cleaning properties, Apple Cider Vinegar contains no harmful ingredients. Studies have shown that vinegar can disinfect just as well as bleach.
You dilute the apple cider vinegar in water (1:1 ratio), and it can be mixed with other natural cleaning products like lemon juice, salt, alcohol, or your favourite essential oils. We use Manuka oil, known for its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Tip: While disinfecting is not something you need to do for every load, you wish to disinfect the laundry if someone in your household is sick. In this case, we suggest adding anywhere from 8-10 drops of Manuka oil into the above recipe, allowing the antibacterial properties to keep your washing free from nasty germs. This liquid used every few months in your empty washing machine, or dishwasher, will keep them bacteria free.
A note about baking soda: mixing baking soda and vinegar will impair the bacteria-killing properties of vinegar. If you’re planning to clean surfaces that come in contact with food, it’s best not to mix the apple cider vinegar with baking soda. You can mix the two, however, for cleaning your oven, or unclogging drains.
There are some amazing businesses that provide alternative, toxin free cleaning products, and you can find a plethora of recipes will allow you to clean your house without using harmful chemicals.
Whatever you choose, remember that it’s important to pay attention to what works for you and your skin.
Where to buy pure organic essential oils
When shopping for essential oils, make sure to look for pure essential oils of high quality. There many organic brands out there to choose from who make extremely high-quality oils.
We have been hand harvesting and steam distilled Manuka Oil for over 25 years. Our oil was the first Manuka Oil in the world to be certified Organic by Bio Gro New Zealand, IFOAM, as well as meeting USDA Organic certification standards. You can buy our Manuka Oil online here:
Other natural laundry tonic alternatives
Figgy and Co, have six essential oil blends that will add more than a bit of luxury to your laundry, or household cleaning products.
That Red House created a beautiful essential oil Laundry Tonic to compliment the soapberries that you can add to your washing for extra fragrance and freshness.
We hope everyone makes a change to chemical-free household cleaning, not only will you create peace of mind as well as a clean, healthy and wonderfully aromatic living space, but you will save yourself some money and help your loved ones itchy skin.