Natural Ways to Clean the House

Y’all. We are down.

I mean, we are knocked down GOOD. Last week was the week of the stomach virus. This week we are fighting some kind of fever with no other symptoms…yet. I mean, thank goodness it’s not the flu, but it has not been pretty around here, I’ll tell you that much. 

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Of course, as much as I can, I’ve been airing out the house and CLEANING. Cleaning like my life depends on it. And trying to stay as natural yet effective with my cleaning products as humanly possible. 


Nowadays, people are more interested in using natural products than ever. Every aspect from our life is influenced by this trend, even house cleaning. However, the intention of using natural products for your house or apartment cleaning is not bad at all, because this method improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.

People who have decided to turn to natural products are amazed by the outstanding results: their house is cleaner in a safer and healthier way and the cleaning process is so easy that even children can help. Not to mention the fact that all the ingredients you need for that are a lot cheaper and always at hand. For example, you can make some amazingly efficient cleaners with substances like white vinegar, liquid castile soap or Sal Suds, natural salt, baking soda, borax, washing soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon, microfiber cloth and essential oils. For the homemade DIY cleaners you might also need a spray bottle or two, preferably made from glass.

If you are curious to find out other possible uses for alimentary ingredients, here you can find some practical ideas

Clean your oven, tub and shower with baking soda

All you need to do in this case is to make a paste from water and baking soda on the bottom of the oven, leave it for a few hours and wipe off for a shiny, chemical free oven. Baking soda can also be used to make a special soap for cleaning the tub and shower. Just combine 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax.

Microfiber is the best choice for a cloth and mop

If you choose microfiber over other types of mops you will see how practical and resistant they are. Clean everything with no chemicals and save money!

Clean the Dishwasher with a jar or 2 cups of vinegar

After you put the vinegar on the dishwasher’s top rack, run it through a hot cycle with no other dishes in the dishwasher to clean and remove the musty odour.

Clean the Garbage Disposal and remove its’ odour with lemon

There are several simple tricks you can use to clean the garbage disposal and remove the odour. One of the most popular is to cut a lemon in half, shove in garbage disposal and grind (with water running) for 10 seconds.

Make a natural Air Freshener with fresh ingredients

In a medium saucepan, simmer a quart of water with natural ingredients to freshen and clean the air. You can use combinations from the following: lemon, rosemary, vanilla, lime, ginger root, orange, cinnamonnutmeg and cloves.

Clean Shower Heads in a natural way

Shower heads can be cleaned by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and then tie the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave it on for up to 12 hours and then remove carefully.

These methods are not the only ones you can use. There is a natural cleaning method for every object around you: the car upholstery, toilet, stove, bed and others. We presented some ideas with the purpose of engaging you in the search for more. Online you can find more examples and helpful tutorials.

And if you want specific info on the exact products I use, CLICK HERE, or check out the tab at the top of the blog labeled Chemical-Free Cleaning!

What’s YOUR best natural cleaning tip?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

21 thoughts on “Natural Ways to Clean the House

  1. I mostly used baking soda and vinegar to do most of the cleaning and also rubbing alcohol for wiping down areas like doorknobs and stuff. This is a really useful post, Kristen. #HomeMattersParty

  2. Natural cleaning agents are what I am all about! I try to buy biodegradable soap as well, so I’m not leaving a lasting impact with my products. Collecting bathwater (as I wait for the temperature to warm up) and then using that to mop makes me feel like a real winner.

  3. I actually do use a lot of backing soda and vinegar to clean the bathroom. I never found a cleaning product yet to reach the performance of these 2 ingredients combined.

  4. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean pots and pans. If you have some stuff burnt to the pan, pour some vinegar, water, and baking soda. Boil for about 10 minutes and it should come right off

  5. I’m not too much of a natural cleaner. I did make a wood spray for dusting once. Oh, and I did make a mop solution for our wood floors, with essential oils. I just haven’t had the method stick for me yet. Although I did love how lovely things smelled using those.

  6. these are all such great ideas, i like to put the orange skin or lemon skin into vinager and it has turned into my all purpose cleaner, from fridge to the sink and counters. I like the ones yu offered here.

  7. I have used the lemon wedges down the disposal trick for years and it works like a charm (and smells lovely). I need to try the shower head treatment. I am a bit worried that I am going to smell like salad dressing if I make a mistake (I’m a bit of a clod).

  8. We are always looking for more natural cleaning methods to use. We have a crazy dog and a son and we try to make sure all the products are safe for them! I will be pinning this and reading it again later!

  9. This post is really informative, I learned so much from it. The best part is they are all really practical and doable, not some over the top scientific stuff. Really great..

  10. I’m always looking to keep things more on the natural side! This is super helpful going forward cleaning my home in a healthier way!

  11. Since i dont have a housekeeper, i learned to clean my house. It is a good feeling to live in a tidy place, cleaning the whole house is very tedious but totally worth the sweat.

  12. These are all some lovely ideas! I love that they are natural and wont make your nose sting or mess up your clothes like chemical cleaners. I use a “Pot Air Freshener,” I just get like a 4 cups of water and some cinnamon and a tiny bit of vanilla. Then I boil it till it is no more and by the time all the water is gone the house smells clean. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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