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All-Natural DIY Cleaning Recipes For The Kitchen

A Collection Of My Favorite DIY Cleaning Recipes For A Non-Toxic Kitchen

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As a society, we keep our homes as clean as possible to keep everyone in our family healthy, but ironically use unhealthy and even toxic household cleaners to achieve what we think is a healthy home.

Next in line to the bathroom, the kitchen is the most utilized space in the home—and because of that, it requires constant cleaning.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many people are quick to purchase the “strong” multi-purpose cleaners and hand soaps, when instead they could be using safe, home-made alternatives that kill germs just as effectively without any harmful side effects.

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While it’s important to keep our loved ones safe from dangers like viruses, it’s equally important to shield them from indoor dangers like cleaning products, which may contain dangerous carcinogens.

Even certain brands that present their cleaning products as “eco-friendly” are simply just green washing—passing off products as non-toxic even though the ingredient label insists otherwise.

That’s why I prefer home-made cleaning products. They’re safe, non-toxic and don’t smell like death.


With that said, below are my all-time favorite natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen that I’ve been using for a couple of years now—and I must say that they work extremely well and make worthy rivals to toxic store bought cleaning formulas.

You can certainly adjust the measurements to meet your workloads, and I hope that you will love these as much as I do.

DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-natural purpose cleaner will work on any surface of your home (except marble, stone and granite due to the acidity of the formula). Simply mix all of the ingredients in a [glass] spray bottle and use a cleaning cloth of your choice.

  • 1 And 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANER

This home-made cleaning solution is perfect for when the garbage disposal develops a funky smell. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until it forms into a fizzy, paste-like consistency, then pour your mixture into the disposal and allow it to rest in there for around 5 minutes.

Turn on the water and allow the garbage disposal to run for at least 30 seconds. You can also throw in a couple of ice cubes or lemon wedges as the water pours down the disposal as well.

  • 1/4 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (Or White Vinegar)

DIY DISINFECTING CLEANER

This home-made disinfecting cleaning solution is a wonderful and effective alternative to commercial disinfectant sprays. It’s perfect to use on doorknobs, kitchen counters, kitchen sinks and refrigerator shelves.

Simply pour all of the ingredients into a [glass] spray bottle and mix. Spray freely and wait ten full minutes before wiping. It’s important to note that this particular vinegar-based cleaning solution is not suitable for granite, stone or marble.

  • 1/4 Cups Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol (Or Vodka)
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 10 Drops Of Preferred Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY DISHWASHER TABLETS

Home-made dishwasher tablets are a less expensive and much safer alternative to store bought dishwashing pods and liquids. For this DIY recipe, you will need a mixing bowl and a few [silicone] ice cubes trays.

Simply mix together the Baking Soda and Borax in a bowl of your choice, and follow by slowly adding in the vinegar. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a crumble-like consistency and then stuff the mixture into your ice cube trays.

After you’ve filled your trays, place them outside in the sun to dry/harden (they’ll still be a little crumbly and that’s ok). Allow for 24 hours to pass until you remove them and store them into a tightly sealed [glass] container.

If you see white residue on your plates, simply pour some white vinegar or lemon juice into the rinse aid compartment of your dishwasher for a shiny rinse.

  • 2 Cups Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Of Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Of White Vinegar
  • 25 Drops Of Lemon Essential Oil

DIY OVEN GLASS STOVE TOP CLEANER

This is my favorite way to clean grime and residue from my glass stove top (and it works pretty well for the inside of the oven and outdoor grill as well). Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl of your choice and create a paste. Spread it onto your glass stove top in a circular motion with a rag and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Later, wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. A little elbow grease may be necessary, but this recipe gets the job done and leaves your glass stove top really shiny. I don’t recommend cleaning your glass stove top while it’s warm/hot because it can cause damage to the glass.

  • 1 Of Cup Of Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Of Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Organic Liquid Castile Soap (Dawn Will Work Great If You Don’t Have Castile)

DIY MICROWAVE CLEANER

This non-toxic method is an awesome way to clean your microwave as effortlessly as possible. Simply mix the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave the contents for 4-5 minutes.

Not only will the steam help break apart all that food gunk, it will also deodorize and eliminate stinky lingering odors. When you’re done microwaving the contents, simply wipe everything with a damp cloth. You can wipe dry or unplug the microwave and leave the door open to air dry.

  • 1 Cup Of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice (You Can Add Or Subtract This Amount To Achieve Desired Strength Of Scent)

DIY CITRUS HAND SOAP

For this recipe, you can use any reusable soap dispenser—kids especially will love one with a foaming pump. Simply add the ingredients into a water-filled soap dispenser and shake it all up!

Although you can add just about any essential oil into this soap recipe, citrus is recommended for the kitchen because it neutralizes odors—especially if you’ve been working with fish, onion and garlic.

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10 Best Zero Waste laundry Detergent Brands

The 10 Best Non-Toxic Laundry Detergents Every Household Should Own!

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One of the most used cleaning products in the home is laundry detergent—and it’s used on products that make constant contact with our skin—clothing.

For years, consumers have purchased laundry detergent based on factors like popularity, price and performance, while completely turning a blind eye to the ingredient label—until now.

With cancer and other health conditions sky rocketing in the past couple of decades, people are starting to become more aware that certain environmental factors—to include household cleaning agents—are to blame for society’s declining health and overall life expectancy.

Mainstream multi-purpose cleaners, air fresheners, scented candles, and many laundry detergents are just a small example of household items that are actually packed full of carcinogens.

But thankfully, alternatives are available for a lot of household products, and in this article, we’re going to focus on laundry detergent alternatives for a non-toxic and environmentally friendly laundry routine.

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Why Should You Switch To A Plant-Based Laundry Detergent?

As mentioned above, mainstream laundry detergents contain ingredients that are actually harmful to our health—but how?

Well, even in the rinse cycle, detergent doesn’t entirely wash out—it lingers in the fibers. And when we sweat, our pores absorb whatever leaches out, resulting in skin conditions like rash and eczema.

That’s why it’s especially important to at least invest in non-toxic laundry detergent when it comes to your children, as well as undergarments, which are tight fitting, and can actually be the cause of your recurring BV (bacterial vaginitis) due to all the synthetic chemicals.

How To Choose The Right Zero Waste Laundry Detergent

Choosing an all-natural, zero-waste laundry detergent can be confusing for anyone—especially because there are so many different kinds like: pods, sheets, powders, liquids and even “berries”. But, there are certain qualities to look for when shopping for eco-friendly and natural laundry detergents and those are:

  • Paraben Free
  • Pthalate Free
  • Phosphate Free
  • Bleach & Dye Free
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Recyclable & Compostable Packaging
  • Plastic-Free Packaging
  • Hypoallergenic & Dermatologist Tested 

And to help make your decision easier, I’ve made a list of zero waste detergent brands that I have tried personally and found that they work very well on both stains and odor (as I’ve had the privilege to test a few out, while others I’ve purchased based on curiosity).

And for a complete zero-waste laundry routine, I recommend switching from dryer sheets to organic wool dryer balls and a Cora Microfiber Ball, which catches the microfibers that naturally shed from clothes in the wash, and end up in our waterways. 

Altogether, these alternative laundry products greatly reduce your carbon footprint—because laundry is something we do often and contributes greatly to environmental pollution whether we like it or not.

Top 10 Zero Waste Laundry Detergents

EarthBreeze

Brand | EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

EarthBreeze laundry strips are my zero waste detergent of choice. These pre-measured laundry strips are plant-based and smell absolutely fabulous. I also can’t stress enough how convenient these detergent strips are for travel, and can easily be stashed in a baby wipe box or pencil case. For my full review of EarthBreeze laundry strips, click here.

Dropps

Brand | Dropps Laundry Detergent Pods

If you’re someone who loves the convenience of laundry pods minus the plastic waste, then you’ll love Dropps eco-friendly laundry detergent pods. This low-waste laundry detergent is wrapped in biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol film and packaged in a recyclable and compostable cardboard box to minimize single-use waste.

Bestowed Essentials

Brand | Bestowed Essentials Zero Waste Laundry Powder

This zero-waste laundry powder from Bestowed Essentials is an easy swap in making your laundry routine plastic-free. Just one tablespoon of this eco-friendly detergent will get your clothing nice and clean, and you’ll feel good knowing that the detergent bag and inner liner are both compostable.

TrueEarth

Brand | TrueEarth Laundry Strips

TrueEarth is another fantastic eco-friendly laundry strip brand with pre-measured laundry strips. I love that they offer several scent options including a formula made just for baby clothing, and that they use recycled material for their packaging. The downside to laundry sheets is that they can sometimes clump when used in front load washers—resulting in slight goo on your fabric. I have a top load washer and the cascading water does a great job at dissolving these.

NaturOli

Brand | NaturOli Soap Nuts / Soap Berries

Soap berries (better known as soap nuts) are perhaps the most natural and affordable zero-waste alternative to mainstream laundry detergents. The shells of these Indian soap berries release saponin (a natural cleaning agent) when they come in contact with water. They are also pesticide free, anti-fungal and completely compostable—making these soap ‘nuts’ a true zero waste laundry detergent alternative. The downside is that soap nuts must be used with warm or hot water to activate.

Nature First

Brand | Nature First Soap Berry Laundry Pods

If you love soap berries, but prefer the convenience of laundry pods, then the soap berry laundry pods are a fantastic laundry detergent alternative for your household. These eco-friendly laundry pods by Nature First are produced using a proprietary natural water extraction method to pull the super-concentrated cleansing agents (saponin surfactants) to create a soap berry concentrate, and they’re packaged in a compostable bag.

Sheets Laundry Club

Brand | Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets

The Sheets liquid free laundry sheets are slightly bigger than their laundry strip competitors and do a fantastic job when it comes to stain and odor removal. The scented variety does have a very strong scent, but once used in the wash, clothing comes out with a subtle fragrance that’s not overpowering.

Meliora

Brand | Meliora Eco Laundry Powder

The Meliora Natural Powder Laundry Detergent is made with highly concentrated, all natural ingredients like baking soda, pH boosting washing soda, and skin softening coconut oil, which easily removes stains. This non-toxic laundry powder is packed in a recyclable and reusable stainless steel canister, and the brand donates 2% of all sales to environmental non-profit organizations.

Grove Co.

Brand | Grove Collaborative Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you prefer to stick with a liquid detergent, then Grove Collaborative is one of the best go-to brands for an all-natural liquid detergent—and their’s is ultra concentrated. What I love about Grove Collaborative is that is that they will send you a prepaid envelope so that you can mail them your empty detergent pouch and they will recycle it through Terra Cycle. The only downside to this non-toxic liquid detergent is that you have to buy a separate bottle to store and measure the contents.

Lazy Coconuts

Brand | Lazy Coconuts Eco Friendly Detergent Strips

The Lazy Coconuts eco-friendly laundry strips are yet another one of my favorite zero-waste laundry strips that are made with plant-based ingredients and come in recyclable packaging. I also love that they have a “gentle” formula for baby’s sensitive skin.

Best Plant-Based Multi-Purpose Cleaners For Your Home

Non-Toxic Cleaning Sprays Made With Plant-Based Ingredients

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Everyone wants to have a nice clean home—minus the chemicals that come with most “big brand” all-purpose cleaners.

That’s why many people are making a conscious switch to all-natural and non-toxic cleaning solutions that are healthy for everyone in the family—including pets.

Traditional cleaning sprays work extremely well. It’s why certain brands are very successful—they get the job done. On the other hand, the chemicals and lingering odors they leave behind aren’t so healthy…for anyone.

Perhaps that’s why an increasing number of people are replacing their traditional household cleaners with plant-based cleaning sprays that work just as hard as mainstream solutions—only they smell way better and are much healthier.

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Plant-based all-purpose cleaners are pretty amazing. They’re void of phthalates, parabens and other unhealthy synthetic chemicals; and they’re biodegradable and cruelty free.

When you use plant-based cleaning solutions, you never have to worry about touching or inhaling dangerous toxins. And that’s important if you have children and or pets in your household.

Below are 5 amazing plant-powered all-purpose cleaning sprays that are not only healthy, but are ethically made and packaged in eco-friendly recyclable bottles.

Hi They’re also perfect for any area of your home: kitchen, bathroom and any other room that needs a good thorough cleaning!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaners feature hard-working yet gentle multi purpose cleaning agents, while also providing a special, singular scent for your entire home. I started using this particular formula this year and grab a bottle every time I am at the store so that I never run out! This all-purpose non-toxic cleaning spray is great on all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone, and even the car dashboard. 

Method All Purpose Cleaner

I absolutely love the Method All-Purpose cleaner and have been using the pink grapefruit formula for 2 years now. It does a fabulous job on my glass stove top, and it’s my go-to for wiping down the bathroom sink. If you’ve ever tried the pink grapefruit body spray from GAP, it’s almost identical—the scent is pleasantly strong, but not overpowering.

Puracy Multi-Purpose Cleaner

The Puracy Natural All-Purpose cleaner is a non-toxic, effective, and versatile cleaning formula made from plants, water, and a dab of organic lemongrass which results in streak free shine. The food-grade, plant and mineral-based ingredients within this non-toxic cleaner are gentle enough to wipe down a high chair, kitchen table, counters and glass windows!

Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner

If you are sensitive to certain smells, and prefer an unscented cleaning formula, the Better Life all-purpose cleaning spray is a great option for you to try. This non-toxic plant-derived cleaning formula is free of any perfumes, dyes and alcohol; and does a fantastic job at cutting through grease and other filth.

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ECOS Orange All-Purpose Cleaner

The plant-powered ECOS all purpose cleaner does an excellent job at removing grease and grime thanks to it’s tough botanical citrus formula. ECOS has been perfecting their formula for over 50 years, hence they are a trusted brand when it comes to non-toxic cleaning.

Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner

Seventh Generation is a certified B corporation and I’ve used many of their cleaning products, to include laundry detergent. This formula is completely plant powered and infused with essential oils that many people absolutely adore. It’s tough on dirt yet gentle enough to wipe down a highchair!

9 Elements All-Purpose Cleaner

The 9 Elements All Purpose Cleaner contains only 9 ingredients, one of which is vinegar, that easily clean grease, dirt, grime and hard water stains that like to make themselves visible on your sink and other kitchen appliances.

Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar

Aunt Fannie’s all-purpose cleaner is infused with essential oils and powered by vinegar. This non-toxic cleaning formula does a fantastic job at wiping away grease and dirt from all areas of the house. It’s also Leaping Bunny Certified for being cruelty free!

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