10 All-Natural Cleaning Formulas
They can be used in the office cleaning business, house cleaning business, or at home. Some customers in the cleaning business prefer their cleaning service to use all natural cleaning products. When you can offer that to customers, it can help you get commercial and residential customers in your own cleaning business.
These are considered natural cleaning products. Most of them are safe and nontoxic. Use the ingredients listed below when making your own natural cleaners. All of them can be easily be found in local stores.
To save time and money, you can mix up your cleaners in advance and buy the ingredients in bulk to save you even more money. Make large batches and store them in plastic containers and spray bottles.
Natural Ingredients You Can Use to Clean
LEMON JUICE: Cuts through grease and removes perspiration and other stains from clothing. A good alternative to bleach.
VEGETABLE OIL-BASED SOAPS SUCH AS CASTILE: Cleans most everything.
CORNSTARCH: Starches clothes and also absorbs oil and grease.
HERBS & ESSENTIAL OILS: Used as a fragrance.
SALT (sodium chloride): An abrasive to use when scrubbing.
VINEGAR (acetic acid): Helps to cut grease and removes stains
BORAX (sodium borate): A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. Another alternative to bleach, it deodorizes, removes stains and enhances the cleaning power of soap.
BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate): An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. Cleans deodorizes and helps to remove stains.
- Label all of your ingredients and keep them out of reach of children.
While most of these all-natural cleaners are not poisonous, some can be
harmful or even fatal if swallowed by children or pets.
- Add your favorite essential oils or herbs to any of these formulas for fragrance.
- All Natural, All Purpose Cleaner:
- Vinegar and Salt. Mix together for a good surface cleaner.
- Baking Soda. Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1-quart warm water for a general cleaner.
- Baking soda on a damp sponge. Baking soda cleans and deodorizes all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
- Use Liquid Castile Soap and baking soda or Borax in different ratios. Use a little soap and soda/borax with lots of water on floors, walls, and counters. Use more soap, soda/Borax for tubs sinks, cat boxes, anything that can be well rinsed.
- For a general, all-purpose cleaner, try a paste made from baking soda and water or mix salt and water with a little vinegar.
- ingredients in spray bottle or bucket. Apply and wipe clean.
- Windows and Mirrors:
- Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle or
- Equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle or
- 1/2 lemon juice and 2 cups water in a spray bottle or
- 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice, 2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil based soap
- Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch with 2 quarts warm water. Apply with sponge then
wipe with absorbent cloth or towel. Do not wash windows or glass when the sun is on them or if they are warm. This causes the solution to dry too quickly creating unwanted streaks.
For a streak-free glass cleaner: Use 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1-quart warm water.
Mix the ingredients and apply with a sponge or pour into a spray bottle and spray on. Wipe dry with crumpled newspaper or paper towels and buff to shine. Also, plain rubbing alcohol is very effective in place of glass cleaner.
- Non-Abrasive Soft Scrubber Similar to Ajax or Comet:
1/4 cup borax
- Vegetable-oil-based liquid soap (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap)
1/2 teaspoon lemon oil In a bowl, mix the borax with enough soap to form a creamy paste. Add lemon oil and blend well. Scoop a small amount of the mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, then rinse well.
- Use a non-chlorine scouring powder such as Baking Soda or Dry Table Salt. This is a mild abrasive and can be used as an alternative to chlorine scouring powders. Simply put baking soda or salt on a sponge or the surface, scour as normal and then rinse.
- Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
- Use Baking Soda and Vinegar: Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl, then squirt or spray some vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This will clean and deodorize the toilet.
- Borax and Lemon Juice. For removing a stubborn stain, like a toilet bowl ring, first, flush the toilet to wet the sides of the bowel. Now mix some borax and lemon juice into a paste and cover the ring. Let sit for 1 hour then go back and scrub thoroughly. For routine cleaning of toilet bowls, you can just sprinkle baking soda around the rim and then scrub with a regular toilet brush.
- 1 cup borax, 1/2 cup white vinegar. Flush to wet the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle the borax around the toilet bowl, then spray with vinegar. Leave for several hours orovernight before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
- Another way is to simply use Liquid Castile Soap and baking sodaor Borax and then scrub using a toilet brush.
- For use on Chrome or Stainless Steel:
- To clean stainless steel or chrome, dissolve 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 qt of water. Wipe on fixtures then rinse.
- Vinegar and Paper Towels. Hard lime deposits around faucets can be softened up first for easy removal by covering the deposits with a paper towel soaked in vinegar. Leave the paper towel on for one hour before cleaning. This will leave chrome very clean and shiny.
- Rust Stain and Hard Water Deposit Remover:
Apply full-strength vinegar or lemon juice and let stand until spot disappears, rinse. Repeat if necessary.
- Fragrant Aroma Kitchen Rinse
Use any of the following essential oils, below or in a combination that you like based on the scent. Add 4 drops of oil to one pint of water. Pour into a spray bottle. Use as a final rinse on surfaces in kitchens to leave a pleasant aroma.
“The nice aroma will remind your customers that you were there.”
12 Essential oils:
Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Cypress, Grapefruit
- Herbal Carpet Freshener
- Use 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lavender flowers.
Always crush the lavender flowers into very small pieces to release their scent. Mix well with baking soda and then sprinkle liberally on carpets. Let sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum the carpet.
- Anytime before vacuuming, you can always sprinkle plain baking soda on the carpet for more of a natural rug deodorizer.
- Stainless Steel Cleaner:
- Rub with a paste or mix of plain baking soda and water, then rinse.
- Grease Cutting Formula:
- Use lemon juice and vinegar, or sprinkle with borax and scrub with a scrub brush to cut grease.
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda, 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil-based liquid soap, 3 tbsp. vinegar, and 2 cups hot water. Mix in spray bottle, spray and then scrub to cut grease. Rinse and wipe clean.
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