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Homemade Hacks for Organic and Eco-Friendly Cleaning

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Saving money and the planet while boosting your household’s wellness is easier than most would assume.

In a matter of minutes, you can make natural cleaning solutions that are better for your wallet, the environment, and your family—and really don’t take much effort or skill.

But what’s wrong with commercial cleaners?

Commercial cleaners are toxic and have been linked to:

  • Asthma and respiratory issues
  • Skin irritations and chemical burns
  • Birth defects
  • Cancer

Most home cleaning solutions can be prepared with a few simple organic and natural ingredients*:

  • Lemons, organic is best
  • Cleaning vinegar
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Pure castile soap
  • Added organic essential oils if desired

*Organic and natural ingredients can still induce respiratory and skin irritations if improperly used. Use gloves and remember to dilute any added essential oils, lemon concentrate, or vinegar before using for cleaning purposes.
Top benefits

  • Contributes to a healthier household by reducing the risk of illness.
  • Financial and eco savings—especially in the long run. You can buy all the ingredients in bulk sizes and reuse your own containers at home. You don’t have to travel to get new cleaning supplies so often or remember it on any list.

  • Making the products is easy and doesn’t take that much time.

  • The products are made with natural chemicals and terpenes from lemons and essential oils that smell amazing and have potent cleaning powers.

Here are our favourite ways to hack cleaning back to its natural roots with simple ingredients:

  • Orange essence vinegar surface cleaner

    How to make it at home: Stuff chopped organic orange peels in a glass jar and fill it with cleaning vinegar. Secure with a lid and place in a dark, cool spot for two weeks. Strain the orange essence vinegar from the peels and mix this solution in a spray bottle filled halfway with fresh water. Some people also add a few pours of high proof vodka for an extra kick of cleaning power.

  • Baking soda and vinegar sink and pipe rinse

    This natural rinse is easy on your pipes and the planet. Plus, it’ll polish your sink in the process.

    Simply take ¼ to ½ cup pure baking soda and place in the drain area. Pour your vinegar, likely a cup or more, over the baking soda and basin, taking a moment to scrub the stainless steel and let the bubbles rise. Then, run hot water to rinse the residue.

    Eco-friendly tip: Now’s a great time to cook something that typically  wastes water, like pasta or potatoes.

  • Pure castile and essential oil hand soap

    Mix a few tablespoons of pure liquid castile soap with several drops of a skin-safe essential oils and fill the rest of your soap dispenser with fresh water. You can add in other skin-boosting vitamins and supplements like vitamin C, E, and CBD.

    This base soap can also be used to clean sinks, toilets, and toys.
  • Murphy oil

    This plant-based, non-toxic soap is seriously an easy switch from any other wood floor cleaner. It leaves a streak-free shine and a clean, earthy smell. Remember to dilute it before use. It can also be used to wipe down wood cabinets.

Other ways to eco-hack your cleaning routines:

  • Wipe with sponge cloths and antibacterial cloth towels instead of paper towels
  • Get a reusable cloth mop pad (recommend having 2)
  • Use a plant-based, dye, and perfume-free detergent
  • Skip the scented dryer sheets and opt for wool dryer balls
  • Look to the abrasiveness of salt for deep-cleaning tasks