Natural, Non-Toxic Cleaners for Frugal Moms

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Commercial cleaners are not only expensive, but many of them contain chemicals that – at the least – irritate sensitive skin and at worst can poison children and pets. Here are some solutions for making your own frugal, non-toxic cleaning products.

Be sure to label your homemade products clearly. While most of these products are completely safe, it’s still a good idea to keep them out of the reach of children and away from pets.

NOTE: These cleaners can be covered tightly and stored unless otherwise noted.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/2 c. vinegar
1/4 c. baking soda

Combine vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle. Fill bottle with water. Shake to mix well.


All Natural Air Freshener

1 T. cinnamon
2 c. water

Combine cinnamon and water in small saucepan. Simmer on stovetop to remove odors and add a lovely fragrance to your home. Can add other spices as desired.


Carpet Freshener

3/4 c. baking soda
2 T. corn starch
1/4 c. baby powder

Combine ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle on dry carpet. Let stand 10 minutes. Vacuum.


Carpet Stain Remover

1 c. vinegar
1 c. water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well. Spray directly on stain and Let stand for several minutes. Clean with a soft brush and warm, soapy water.


Drain Cleaner

1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. vinegar
hot water

Pour baking soda in drain followed by the vinegar. Let stand 15 minutes. Flush with very hot water. Repeat if needed.


Furniture Polish

1/2 t. olive oil
1/4 c. vinegar

Combine ingredients in a small container. Mix well. Use on a soft cloth to clean and polish wood surfaces.


Mold Remover

1 c. hydrogen peroxide
2 c. water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to mix well. Spray mold completely and Let stand for at least one hour.


Non-abrasive Scrubbing Cleanser

1/2 c. baking soda
1 – 2 c. liquid laundry detergent

Combine ingredients in a small container. Mix well to the consistency of thin cake frosting.

NOTE: Make only as much as you can use at one time as this will harden.


Oven Cleaner

3/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. water

Moisten oven with damp sponge or spray bottle filled with water. Combine baking soda, salt and water in a small container. Mix well to form a thick paste. Spread over oven interior. Let stand overnight. Remove residue and clean with damp cloth. Use fine steel wool on hard-to-clean spots.


Pet Urine Deodorizer

dishwashing liquid
1/2 c. vinegar
2 1/2 c. warm water, separated

Combine dishwashing liquid and 1/2 c. water until sudsy. Clean spot with mixture and a soft brush or cleaning rag. Combine vinegar and remaining water and rinse spot well. Cover with towel and let stand about 5 hours. Blot dry and remove towel. Allow to dry completely.


Rust Remover

1 T. salt
1 T. lime juice

Sprinkle salt on the rust. Cover with lime juice. Let stand for at least two hours. Scrub clean.


Sticky Residue Remover

Apply full strength vinegar directly to any glue residue left from price tags or other stickers. May have to set a few minutes, but can then be removed easily.


Window Cleaner

1/2 t. liquid laundry detergent
3 T. vinegar

Combine liquid laundry detergent and vinegar in a spray bottle. Fill bottle with water. Shake to mix well.


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